Last week was a pretty busy one over at Warner Bros. — following the underwhelming box office and reactions to Batman v Superman, the studio is reportedly doubling down on its established blockbuster franchises and scaling back on the number of films released each year. They also set release dates for a few untitled projects, with many speculating that at least one of them is Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film. According to a new rumor, we may know what one of the other films could be.
Close to a decade into Marvel’s extended cinematic universe, we’re conditioned to want our favorite heroes to share the screen, just as in comics. DC has made little apology of taking a different approach, and while both Arrow and Flash stars alike have chimed in on being overlooked to join the big-screen Justice League, Zack Snyder now explains that the CW Flash just wouldn’t fit the DCEU’s tone.
Flagship Entertainment, the new joint Asian-production venture from Warner Bros. and China Media Capital, has now pinpointed a can’t-fail strategy for total domination on the battleground of the Chinese cineplex: Adam goddamn Sandler.
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.