Monday, July 20, 2009
DC Comics Gets Serious About Movies!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, DC Comics is finally getting serious about their film adaptations.
With the success of The Dark Knight a year ago, DC Comics currently has more more adaptations in the works than ever before. Already in pre-production or filming are The Losers, Jonah Hex, Green Lantern, and the television series Human Target.
According to DC Comics president Paul Levitz, "one of the things that has differentiated us for most of the last 20 years is the depth of our library and the depth of the creative material that we've put out and the opportunities that creates for other media."
With the success of rival Marvel Films with Iron Man, and their production slate which will ultimately lead to the 2012 team-up film The Avengers, it became apparent that they didn't have a grand strategy in place to exploit DC properties.
And being a part of the Warner Bros. umbrella certainly allows for DC Comics to centralize their creative braintrust, especially with their superhero portfolio.
To solve this situation, Levitz and DC Comics Los Angeles film executive Gregory Noveck have now taken a stronger hand in guiding the adaptation process. The result of this is not only having DC writers Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison and Marv Wolfman serve as consultants of the material, but also have a hand in drafting treatments and ensuring that the material is both faithful and accessible to film audiences. According to the article, there also exists the possibility of a single Warner Bros. executive overseeing all of the adaptations.
Among the properties in development are Flash, Adam Strange, Aquaman, Bizzaro Superman, Constantine 2, Green Arrow Year One, Green Arrow: Super Max, and Shazam! The Superman and Wonder Woman properties are also being developed and Batman 3 is still a few years off.