According to David Goyer of Batman Begins and Blade fame, Warner Brothers has pressed the pause button on “a lot” of in-development superhero projects while the studio reassess their approach to handling the potentially enormously lucrative properties.
In an interview with IESB, Goyer stated, “A lot of the DC movies at Warner Brothers are all on hold while the figure out, they’re going to come up with some new plan, methodology, things like that so everything has just been pressed pause on at the moment. It was the double header of both Iron Man and The Dark Knight coming out, so more than ever I think they’ve realized, I think DC was responsible for 50% of Warner Brother’s revunue this year, something crazy like that, so they realized that comic books, it’s become a new genre, one of the most successful genres.”
Among the superhero projects that Warner is speculated to have in development that are likely affected by this “time out” include:
Justice League of America – George Miller is attached to direct the superhero team-up movie. Megan Gale, Teresa Palmer and Adam Brody are rumored to be on-board to play Wonder Woman, Talia Al Ghul and The Flash, respectively.
Super Max – Goyer has penned this Green Arrow film in which the emerald-toned superhero is sent to a Maximum Security Prison. Superman and The Joker might make cameo appearances, among other popular comic characters.
The Flash – Originally set to be directed by Goyer, David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) has now taken over the reigns on this fast-man feature. Ryan Reynolds was set to play the character when Goyer was involved but that’s no longer the case.
The Man of Steel – The sequel to Superman Returns will see Kal-El going head-to-head with a new villain. This one is always on-and-off as no one seems confident or willing to spend the cash or time on it. Might Warner end up going with Mark Millar’s “Superman” trilogy reboot idea?
Batman 3 – The inevitable second sequel to “Batman Begins”. All those rumours you’ve read – Eddie Murphy as The Riddler, Shia LaBeouf as Robin – can be taken with a mound of salt.
Wonder Woman – Joel Silver has been trying to get a feature film version of the curvy underwear clad crime fighter off the ground for years. They paused momentarily while Miller tried to get Justice League off the ground.
You can check out the video excerpt at IESB.net here.
– Darrin Stock