The whole of Hollywood has been shaken awake by the recent so-called “whiteout” in this year’s slate of Oscar nominees, and has now turned to self-scrutiny about the homogeneity ingrained in the industry. Variety’s striking white-on-white cover design for their Oscar issue proclaimed “SHAME ON US,” a bold declaration that the time to acknowledge some ugly iniquities had finally come. With the demand for change at the institutional level too loud to be ignored, studios have begun to implement measures to right the racial imbalances in showbiz. A new development this week from the Warner Bros. camp tells the heartening tale of changing times.
There’s no denying the surge in CW popularity over the last few years, with superhero series like Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow dominating weekdays, while Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend bring home Golden Globes. Still, the network remains relatively small against the big four, so might CW owners look toward yet another cord-cutter streaming service?
There’s no arguing that DC Comics maintains a stronger foothold on TV than Marvel, but 2016 will be a huge year for the former’s cinematic exploits as well. To wit, The CW has arranged two new TV specials for January, the first to preview Arrow-Flash spinoff Legends of Tomorrow, followed by a look at Batman v. Superman’s Justice League future, as well as a brand-new Suicide Squad trailer!
The CW’s upcoming Arrow and Flash spinoff Legends of Tomorrow will garner its greatest setup yet by the coming December crossover of its two parent series, but when will the time-traveling DC teamup officially premiere? According to top Warner brass, the Legends may officially take a Thursday timeslot in January.
Although most of their creations remain unexploited on the big screen, DC has just as deep a roster of cool characters as Marvel. Maybe deeper; the bizarre nooks and crannies of the DC Comics universe feature tons of fascinating heroes and villains. Like, for example crime-fighting buddies Booster Gold and Blue Beetle.
Just when it seemed like Comic-Con 2015 had passed us by enough to settle in for the fall season, in comes NYCC to stir it all up again. Warner Bros. leads the TV charge at New York Comic-Con 2015, bringing new material from Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, as well as NBC’s Blindspot, Person of Interest and more.
Not to be outdone by fellow cosmos-lover and physicist Stephen Hawking, the late, great Carl Sagan is getting his very own biopic now, too. Warner Bros. is developing the upcoming film, which will be co-produced by the late astrophysicist’s wife, Ann Druyan.
The other day, we reported on The Leviathan, an interesting proof of concept short that’s being developed into a film with producers Neill Blomkamp and Simon Kinberg over at Fox. That’s not the only sci-fi short that’s getting the big screen treatment: on the heels of that news comes word that Warner Bros. has just acquired the film rights to Sundays, a short directed by Mischa Rozema.
For anyone who remembers the days when just one Spider-Man movie seemed an impossible dream, it’s an astonishing representation of how comic book superheroes now dominate popular entertainment. ComicsAlliance’s own graphics maestro Dylan Todd put together a timeline that reveals what the next six years of superhero movies look like, with some dates and titles still to be announced. The graphic will be updated as new information is released.
The Warner Bros. announcement on Wednesday of ten upcoming movies based on DC Comics properties neatly fills in a calendar of dates that the studio previously provided -- and help flesh out an extraordinary timetable of DC and Marvel superhero movies over the next six years from Warner Bros, Marvel Studios, Fox, and Sony Columbia. ComicsAlliance's own graphics maestro Dylan Todd put together a timeline that reveals what those six years look like, including 29 confirmed release dates between now and the end of 2020, with several dates and titles still to be announced. For anyone who remembers the days when just one Spider-Man movie seemed an impossible dream, it's an astonishing representation of how comic book superheroes now dominate popular entertainment.