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Warner Bros Says It's Too Early to Expand DC Superhero Universe

Posted: April 9th, 2014 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Sony, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox are all on a mission to duplicate the success that Marvel has been having with its superheroes. Warner Bros done well with "The Dark Knight" trilogy and "Man of Steel," but according to writer/producer David Goyer, the studio is not ready to start expanding its cinematic universe.

"It's too early," he explained. "I know that Warner Bros would love to make their universe more cohesive. There have been a lot of general conversations about that, but it's really, really early. Marvel has had enormous success, but I'm not sure that everybody should try to emulate them either. It's just been vague conversations so far."

It was recently revealed that Marvel already planned out its films through 2028 and will soon expand to releasing four films per year. Meanwhile, the next Warner Bros superhero movie, "Batman vs Superman," will hit theaters in two years and we have yet to find out anything about a "Batman" reboot, "Justice League" or anything else. So it's definitely clear that Warner Bros has yet to figure out what it wants to do.

Source: IGN


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Sleuth1989 writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 3:03:15 AM

Why is Goyer allowed to be a writer? Like seriously he did great with two franchises, both basically about dark heroes of the night, Blade & Batman, but he can't vary his styles at all.

@mink
This article further proves your point. Don't expect a decent DC Universe any time soon.
Cannon writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 3:31:57 AM


The big difference here is that Marvel is exclusively in the business of Marvel and backed by the gods of Disney, whereas Warner Bros. is not exclusively in the business of DC, and thus not giving it the full-force attention to compete with Marvel.

Marvel has built itself up into its own film studio, with Disney signed on for distribution. DC has not--still playing colt. So itís no wonder that Warner Bros. treatment of the franchise has remained lukewarm. The gung-ho commitment just isnít there.

Meanwhile, Marvel has got its c*ck out in full-swing because, why not?
PORN-FLY writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 3:41:18 AM

^nuff said
boogiel writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 6:40:43 AM

so...DC throwing the towel already?
BadChadB33 writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 8:42:36 AM

f*ck DC!!
synthetic1985 writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 10:38:18 AM

too early to expand DC universe...which is exactly why their universe will never be as 'MARVEL-OUS'...yet they tease fans with games like mortal kombat vs dc, but by the time they actually expand fans will be saying 'too late'
Wolfie writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 12:44:36 PM

They wont give up, but should at least compete that would make things far more interesting.
minkowski writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 5:01:03 PM

@Cannon: you stole that comment from Sleuth from last night, and thus you should give credit where credit is due.




More to the point, it has nothing to do with whether WB is giving DC all their attention, and they don't have to. If you compare Time-Warner, DC's parent, as a company to Disney, you'll see that both have roughly equal resources, and that Disney is pretty well spread out across their interests, too.

The real problem, versus, the imagined one, is that WB just doesn't take the matter seriously and has refused to restructure their cinematic interests around comic book movies. They see it as yet another arm of the hydra instead of what should be the head. It's clearly then a case of gross mismanagement and total lack of proper vision, and had they taken the time to give DC their own studios, they'd see not only much better ROI on existing films but a much enlarged product offerings to Marvel's current roster.

Not to mention that if you look at DC's history with respect to WB, you'll quickly see that TW and WB have only very recently started reformulating their DC brand for a more modern market, whereas Marvel came into Disney almost preformed and pre-adapted to the current comic book movie paradigm.

Hell, Marvel basically invented the modern cinematic comic book movie paradigm, which is like comparing a designer of skyscrapers to some aborigine in a mud hut.

DC needs MAJOR reorganization. They need to fire everyone heading their cinematic efforts and restructure, pronto, around a more Marvel-like effort if they hope to compete before the comic book phase fades out. That's what I would do.

But if WB and TW don't see the appeal, if they think their money is better invested elsewhere, fine. It's their company and it's not like I'm a shareholder.






The big difference here is that Marvel is exclusively in the business of Marvel and backed by the gods of Disney, whereas Warner Bros.

Like I said, Marvel came in preformed and is currently backed by Disney. How is that any different from what I said with respect to TW/WB spinning DC's cinematic efforts off into their own studio?





P.S. I might also mention that Time-Warner profits jumped a whopping 26% percent in 2013 to 3.69 billion, compared to Disney's 13% increase to 1.39 billion, which belies your claim that Disney has more resources than TW, WB's parent company.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/08/business/media/disney-reports-13-increase-in-profit.html

http://variety.com/2014/biz/news/time-warner-beats-street-as-warner-bros-and-cable-nets-post-record-profits-for-2013-1201087500/
minkowski writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 5:09:28 PM

"whereas Warner Bros. is not exclusively in the business of DC,"

If DC is to Marvel and WB is to Disney, how you can say WB isn't exclusively in the DC business? You say Marvel is exclusively in the business of Marvel, yes, but Marvel isn't analogous to Disney; WB is. And neither WB or Disney are exclusively in the business of DC/Marvel, respectively, so your comparison is not only inaccurate, it's undermined by your previous remark that Marvel is in the business of Marvel, which again is not Disney.

The problem here, again, is that DC isn't in the business of DC, unlike Marvel, because the morons running WB and TW won't let them be! TW and WB have the resources to fund DC's studio efforts as well if not better than Disney's funding of Marvel, but they won't because for some reason they don't take the matter seriously. If they did, they could restructure DC and give them a well-funded studio effort. The money is there, the talent is there, but the VISION and WILL are not!

This is the real issue, *not* money.
minkowski writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 6:02:12 PM

Ugh.

I should have posted more pertinently and concisely, for the one person reading.

Basically...WB knows how to make movies. They don't know how to make intricately-connected franchise films, or metafilms if you will.

It's like Microsoft. They know how to make general computing software like Windows and Ofice, because that's what they've always done. They're entrenched. Along came tablets and smartphones, an entirely new niche, and they failed to adapt properly.

So too WB doesn't know how to adapt to Marvel's much newer cinematic strategy.

So again, it's not money, it's no resources, it's vision, direction and a willingness to adapt.



Should have just said that instead of all the other sh*t.
BlackDynamite writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 8:01:01 PM

DC is staffed with flying monkeys. I'm sure of it.
Cannon writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 9:17:16 PM


My point is that Marvel is big enough on its own to start managing extended film franchises, whereas DC is not. And I didn't steal anything from Sleuth because I never read that other discussion.

Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 10:56:18 PM

I know exactly when they thought this: the day they saw the reviews on Green Lantern.

Dumb f*cks.
Max Rockatansky Junior writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 10:57:26 PM

BlackDynamite writes:
on April 9th, 2014 at 8:01:01 PM
DC is staffed with flying monkeys. I'm sure of it.

@BlackDynamite

Not necessarily. They don't have a Shakespearean movie coming out, though their offices must smell of sh*te.
DarthMaul writes:
on April 10th, 2014 at 6:55:57 AM

Mink is a child molester

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