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DC and Warner Bros to release two lower budgeted comic book movies a year

Dec. 2, 2013by: Alex Maidy

As Marvel and Disney continue to pump out $100 million budgeted movies like IRON MAN 3 and THOR: THE DARK WORLD, DC and Warner Bros are taking a much more calculated approach to rolling out their cinematic universe. Aside from the big JUSTICE LEAGUE characters, most DC comics are not known enough to the average movie-goer to warrant a movie that costs that much. So, DC has a plan to make it work.

According to Bleeding Cool, DC's big announcement for 2014 will be that they plan to release two comic book movies a year, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Aside from BATMAN VS SUPERMAN and the potential WONDER WOMAN, FLASH, and AQUAMAN movies, DC is working on adaptations of Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Deathstroke, Team 7, and more. These will be smaller budgeted films with a range of $20-40 million which will allow DC and WB to have a much better chance of recouping their costs while also populating a cinematic universe.

Screen Rant also thinks that David Goyer's recent first look deal with Warner Bros. may mean that he is being brought in to shepherd the DC universe on the big screen much like how Kevin Feige has for Disney and Mark Millar for 20th Century Fox. This would also include potential Vertigo movies such as SANDMAN and FABLES which we have been hearing more about in recent months.

I love the idea that not every DC film has to be on budget par with Marvel's films. Marvel has proven their movies will be #1 at the box office with each release, but they still have calculated risks coming in the form of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and any lesser known heroes they plan to give their own films. DC can easily make movies with the scope of the BLADE films and deliver a quality project, assuming the right filmmakers are brought in.

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN is the next DC film slated for July 17, 2015. Stay tuned for further announcements of these smaller films.

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8:16PM on 12/04/2013
Thirsty, Thirsty, Thirsty....That is all i'm gonna say.
Thirsty, Thirsty, Thirsty....That is all i'm gonna say.
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3:30PM on 12/03/2013
great idea! I think all of these movies could work in their own way, especially by going the low-budget route.

That being said, big deal? They're working on a Batman/Superman movie right now and the best they can tell us is they're going to look into making cheaper movies of lesser known titles instead? WB/DC will never come close to what Marvel and Disney have created. It's a shame.
great idea! I think all of these movies could work in their own way, especially by going the low-budget route.

That being said, big deal? They're working on a Batman/Superman movie right now and the best they can tell us is they're going to look into making cheaper movies of lesser known titles instead? WB/DC will never come close to what Marvel and Disney have created. It's a shame.
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9:09AM on 12/03/2013
I'd like them to bring the Arrow tv show in to the DC cinematic universe - because it's that good. However, in the comic scheme of things and please correct me if Iím wrong (on the count of not being an Arrow comic book fan), he's a poor man's Batman. The trouble is, the animated Justice League Unlimited show, Smallville and Arrow have made him worthy of being considered as an A list badass on par with the likes of Batman. However, with the current series bringing in or referencing Batman
I'd like them to bring the Arrow tv show in to the DC cinematic universe - because it's that good. However, in the comic scheme of things and please correct me if Iím wrong (on the count of not being an Arrow comic book fan), he's a poor man's Batman. The trouble is, the animated Justice League Unlimited show, Smallville and Arrow have made him worthy of being considered as an A list badass on par with the likes of Batman. However, with the current series bringing in or referencing Batman related villains, it just wouldn't work to have Arrow in a DC cinematic universe that features Batman. Everything Marvel do is to enhance their Marvel cinematic universe - right now DC have a top class tv show on their hands and in Green Lantern and Man of Steel, movie attempts that have left many unsatisfied or certainly with question marks over them. WB's really do need to mind their surroundings and formulate a consistent plan. The idea behind these lower budget films, whilst a practical way to do it...still reeks of them being too scared to really go for it...the kind of thinking that prevented Man Of Steel having proper references to the bigger universe Superman resides in... just in case the movie Ďfloppedí like the previous attempt.
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8:42PM on 12/02/2013
I like the idea. A Suicide Squad movie would be very fun and wouldn't have to be terribly expensive. I just hope they take their time with these things and not rush it to fit the "two lower-budgeted movies a year" goal.
I like the idea. A Suicide Squad movie would be very fun and wouldn't have to be terribly expensive. I just hope they take their time with these things and not rush it to fit the "two lower-budgeted movies a year" goal.
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8:32PM on 12/02/2013
Other than DC giving us the big films like Man of Steel 2, Batman, Green Lantern 2, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, etc. I would love to see them do a Green Arrow origins film. I think that could be pretty cool.

But yeah, I think DC doing lower budget superhero films of there lesser known characters is a great idea and it should really expand and open up the universe to more of a global atmosphere.
Other than DC giving us the big films like Man of Steel 2, Batman, Green Lantern 2, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, etc. I would love to see them do a Green Arrow origins film. I think that could be pretty cool.

But yeah, I think DC doing lower budget superhero films of there lesser known characters is a great idea and it should really expand and open up the universe to more of a global atmosphere.
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9:21PM on 12/02/2013
A Green Arrow origin film would merely be covering the same ground as the Arrow TV show. David Goyer co-wrote a script some years back called "Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max", a prison escape flick in which Ollie is flung into a maximum security uber-prison for supervillains, which would feature cameos from the likes of Lex Luthor and the Joker. I'd still like to see that.
A Green Arrow origin film would merely be covering the same ground as the Arrow TV show. David Goyer co-wrote a script some years back called "Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max", a prison escape flick in which Ollie is flung into a maximum security uber-prison for supervillains, which would feature cameos from the likes of Lex Luthor and the Joker. I'd still like to see that.
7:52PM on 12/02/2013
The only way I'd be interested in a SANDMAN movie is if they get Neil Gaiman to write the script.
The only way I'd be interested in a SANDMAN movie is if they get Neil Gaiman to write the script.
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7:45PM on 12/02/2013
This is awesome big news!! I like the idea for smaller budget films to focus on more lesser known DC character, all built in the same universe! I'd love to see a suicde squad film, it would be a bonus if they made it with an R rating in mind.
This is awesome big news!! I like the idea for smaller budget films to focus on more lesser known DC character, all built in the same universe! I'd love to see a suicde squad film, it would be a bonus if they made it with an R rating in mind.
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7:10PM on 12/02/2013
Could be DC/Warner's best strategy. Not every superhero movie needs to have a mega-blockbuster budget and expectations if there's a good script, cast and director.
Could be DC/Warner's best strategy. Not every superhero movie needs to have a mega-blockbuster budget and expectations if there's a good script, cast and director.
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7:08PM on 12/02/2013
"First look deal" and "David Goyer" in the same sentence makes vomit swell in the throat. That being said I don't have much faith in this, except maybe they're taking a page from Marvel. Remember how Blade beat pretty much every big Marvel character to the big screen? I'm all for it DC trying, but Goyer is useless, UNLESS he passes his ideas to a more capable writer.
"First look deal" and "David Goyer" in the same sentence makes vomit swell in the throat. That being said I don't have much faith in this, except maybe they're taking a page from Marvel. Remember how Blade beat pretty much every big Marvel character to the big screen? I'm all for it DC trying, but Goyer is useless, UNLESS he passes his ideas to a more capable writer.
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6:07PM on 12/02/2013
I would as well apply this rule to films such as Wonder Woman, The Flash and Aquaman. But with a slightly higher budget of no more than 75 million dollars.
I would as well apply this rule to films such as Wonder Woman, The Flash and Aquaman. But with a slightly higher budget of no more than 75 million dollars.
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6:05PM on 12/02/2013
Honestly, what sort of company has a man like Bruce Timm on the payroll but decides to go with Goyer to run things? I'm obviously hoping for the best and the idea of a Booster Gold film is exciting but Goyer just kills my excitement. Oh well, maybe the lower budgets will force them to focus on story rather than making bloated CGI misfires like Green Lantern and Man of Steel. Both movies would probably have benefited from tighter controls during filming instead of throwing CGI fight scenes to
Honestly, what sort of company has a man like Bruce Timm on the payroll but decides to go with Goyer to run things? I'm obviously hoping for the best and the idea of a Booster Gold film is exciting but Goyer just kills my excitement. Oh well, maybe the lower budgets will force them to focus on story rather than making bloated CGI misfires like Green Lantern and Man of Steel. Both movies would probably have benefited from tighter controls during filming instead of throwing CGI fight scenes to cover for uninteresting characters and sloppy writing. DC has a serious spending problem so the significantly lower budgets (Seriously, if we stick with the $30 Million average, you could make 7 Booster Gold films for the price of one Green Lantern) do give hope for these new films. Well, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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6:08PM on 12/02/2013
Comparing Man of Steel to Green Lantern is downright absurd. Makes your entire post moronic.
Comparing Man of Steel to Green Lantern is downright absurd. Makes your entire post moronic.
6:38PM on 12/02/2013
I'm glad you took the time to construct such a reasonable argument by showing me what exactly was so fantastic about Man of Steel and why my comparison of it to Green Lantern is so wrong.. I've learned so much. Thanks.

I stand by my comments, though. DC has a spending problem that hinders their films. Green Lantern, Man of Steel, and yes, even The Dark Knight Rises all suffer from the same problems in that they all feature characters that provide no arc and plot lines that make little sense
I'm glad you took the time to construct such a reasonable argument by showing me what exactly was so fantastic about Man of Steel and why my comparison of it to Green Lantern is so wrong.. I've learned so much. Thanks.

I stand by my comments, though. DC has a spending problem that hinders their films. Green Lantern, Man of Steel, and yes, even The Dark Knight Rises all suffer from the same problems in that they all feature characters that provide no arc and plot lines that make little sense based on the knowledge of the characters within the same film or earlier in the franchises. Obviously, these films suffer at different degrees with Green Lantern being damn near impossible to watch but Man of Steel and Dark Knight Rises also have script and tonal issues that don't necessarily make the films unwatchable, but certainly less enjoyable and interesting than they could have been.

It's not that I hated Man Of Steel or The Dark Knight Rises (I'd give them both a 7 out of 10) but at least to me they represent a clear indication on the part of DC that script, story, character development etc. are of a lower priority than visual spectacle. Man of Steel was especially frustrating because the scenes with Clark and his two fathers were always on the edge of being great only to be immediately crushed by some completely unnecessary fight scene because someone along the production line felt it was getting too serious or "dull".

Similarly, The Dark Knight Rises begins with a broken Bruce Wayne, retired for 8 years to the point that his legs have atrophied. He finally gets his act together, trains, and becomes Batman again only to be immediately broken and start the training process all over again. From a simple script standpoint, this is completely and utterly redundant. It reminds me of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull where Mac constantly betrays Indy, only to earn his trust and betray him again. We, as an audience can sit through that once, but using the same thing plot point multiple times within the same film is idiotic and insulting. These are issues at the heart of the film, the script.

Anyway, I'm rambling and seeing as how your first instinct was to call me moronic for what can easily be summed up as differing opinions, I think I wasted me time writing this as if you actually wanted to discuss the quality of these films rather than be a mindless fanboy talking about how much Man of Steel rocks. Or maybe you just hate Green Lantern that much, which is perfectly understandable.
11:14PM on 12/02/2013
You yourself in that long pointless rant even admitted that Green Lantern was nowhere near as bad as MOS in your opinion. Now if you said that in the first place you could have us both some valuable time.

TDKR has problems sure, then again TDKR and MOS can't be compared as TDKR was wrapping up a trilogy and a third in a trilogy always has a hard time being as good as the previous film.
You yourself in that long pointless rant even admitted that Green Lantern was nowhere near as bad as MOS in your opinion. Now if you said that in the first place you could have us both some valuable time.

TDKR has problems sure, then again TDKR and MOS can't be compared as TDKR was wrapping up a trilogy and a third in a trilogy always has a hard time being as good as the previous film.
6:02PM on 12/02/2013
With the massive death and destruction going on in MOS and The Avengers, the timing couldn't be better to make The Boys into a hardcore punch to the gut series on a network like HBO. That said, this is one of the smarter moves DC has made.
With the massive death and destruction going on in MOS and The Avengers, the timing couldn't be better to make The Boys into a hardcore punch to the gut series on a network like HBO. That said, this is one of the smarter moves DC has made.
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5:54PM on 12/02/2013

One thing must be made clear

Deathstroke wears his mask, and Stephen Lang is the guy who should be under it, if Marvel doesn't grab him for Cable first
Deathstroke wears his mask, and Stephen Lang is the guy who should be under it, if Marvel doesn't grab him for Cable first
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7:21PM on 12/02/2013
I'm not sure it's so much a spending issue as it is a script issue. Christopher Nolan puts a $200 million budget on screen, but he also invests himself in the script (Yeah, DKR was a bit bloated, but I enjoyed it). Green Lantern had TV writers and Man of Steel obviously had Goyer writing solo (which is like letting a drunk driver carpool your kids). Why Hollywood concerns itself with release dates, casts, directors and leaves the script in the dust is beyond me, but now we're reaching
I'm not sure it's so much a spending issue as it is a script issue. Christopher Nolan puts a $200 million budget on screen, but he also invests himself in the script (Yeah, DKR was a bit bloated, but I enjoyed it). Green Lantern had TV writers and Man of Steel obviously had Goyer writing solo (which is like letting a drunk driver carpool your kids). Why Hollywood concerns itself with release dates, casts, directors and leaves the script in the dust is beyond me, but now we're reaching astronomic box office revenue, so if it's garbage, they don't care, because it still made bank. Look at the Transformers trilogy. But cheers for the Bruce Timm shout. I really hope Warner's pulls its head out of its ass and gives him a shot, similar to Marvel with Whedon and Avengers.
5:32PM on 12/02/2013
I'd love to see a Secret Six movie. With all these DC superheroes flying around doing morally questionable things, it would be interesting to see the world from the perspective of super criminals.
I'd love to see a Secret Six movie. With all these DC superheroes flying around doing morally questionable things, it would be interesting to see the world from the perspective of super criminals.
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5:18PM on 12/02/2013
I wonder what impact this will have on the rumored Flash movie as well as the Justice League movie.
I wonder what impact this will have on the rumored Flash movie as well as the Justice League movie.
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5:11PM on 12/02/2013
Excited for Team 7!!!
Excited for Team 7!!!
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4:51PM on 12/02/2013
Really hoping for a Suicide Squad film. Its a film that could be made as a 20 million dollar action film and could contain potential crossovers. Fingers crossed.
Really hoping for a Suicide Squad film. Its a film that could be made as a 20 million dollar action film and could contain potential crossovers. Fingers crossed.
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4:42PM on 12/02/2013
Well played, DC. Great way to make riskier titles. I'd love to see some sidekicks get their own movies - Batgirl, Superboy, Tim Drake Robin, Supergirl and Nightwing could all carry their own films. Hell, maybe they'll even make a Teen Titans or Young Justice movie. It would have to be after Justice League, but it could work.
Well played, DC. Great way to make riskier titles. I'd love to see some sidekicks get their own movies - Batgirl, Superboy, Tim Drake Robin, Supergirl and Nightwing could all carry their own films. Hell, maybe they'll even make a Teen Titans or Young Justice movie. It would have to be after Justice League, but it could work.
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4:53PM on 12/02/2013
Ugh, posted this before seeing the CW might might a live action Young Justice show. Hope that doesn't happen!
Ugh, posted this before seeing the CW might might a live action Young Justice show. Hope that doesn't happen!
4:22PM on 12/02/2013

This could work

It's opposite to Marvel's approach to release two big-budget films a year and keep lesser marketable characters on the small screen. With this method, we can probably expect to see lesser known heroes/villains on the silver screen, and even more chances of a Justice League Dark movie by Del Toro.
It's opposite to Marvel's approach to release two big-budget films a year and keep lesser marketable characters on the small screen. With this method, we can probably expect to see lesser known heroes/villains on the silver screen, and even more chances of a Justice League Dark movie by Del Toro.
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4:11PM on 12/02/2013
Hopefully this means that we may finally get Green Arrow: Supermax that Goyer (I think) was talking about a couple of years ago. This is very good news, I think Marvel needs to take note here.
Hopefully this means that we may finally get Green Arrow: Supermax that Goyer (I think) was talking about a couple of years ago. This is very good news, I think Marvel needs to take note here.
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2:01PM on 12/03/2013
The screenplay leaked on the internet. It was HORRENDOUS.
The screenplay leaked on the internet. It was HORRENDOUS.
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4:09PM on 12/02/2013
Deathstroke & Suicide Squad.....oooohh meerkat pose!
Deathstroke & Suicide Squad.....oooohh meerkat pose!
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3:53PM on 12/02/2013
I like that direction, but I am already dreading the billions of "This but not Wonder Woman" comments all over the internet
I like that direction, but I am already dreading the billions of "This but not Wonder Woman" comments all over the internet
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3:47PM on 12/02/2013

enough with Goyer already

Who decided that David Goyer should be the one shepherding these DC characters? Did anyone at Warner see the disaster that was Blade Trinity? Nobody went to see Batmam Begins because David Goyer co-wrote it, then went to see it because of the character of Batmam. And that is the fundamental problem for Warner, because nobody went to see Iron Man for the character, they went to see it because of RBJ's performance.
Who decided that David Goyer should be the one shepherding these DC characters? Did anyone at Warner see the disaster that was Blade Trinity? Nobody went to see Batmam Begins because David Goyer co-wrote it, then went to see it because of the character of Batmam. And that is the fundamental problem for Warner, because nobody went to see Iron Man for the character, they went to see it because of RBJ's performance.
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4:02PM on 12/02/2013
Who decided? Warner Brothers decided. I guess they didn't consult with you first. But I'm sure they consulted with Goyer.
Who decided? Warner Brothers decided. I guess they didn't consult with you first. But I'm sure they consulted with Goyer.
4:08PM on 12/02/2013
It was a rhetorical question. Of course an executive decided. Geesh.
It was a rhetorical question. Of course an executive decided. Geesh.
4:24PM on 12/02/2013
I agree with you, Apricot 1! Goyer is a TERRIBLE choice to shepherd anything!!!
I agree with you, Apricot 1! Goyer is a TERRIBLE choice to shepherd anything!!!
5:32PM on 12/02/2013
I'm not sure if I'd want to see a Batmam movie... and who is RBJ?
I'm not sure if I'd want to see a Batmam movie... and who is RBJ?
10:21PM on 12/02/2013
I'd love Guillermo del Toro to shepherd the DC Cinematic Universe as their equivalent of Joss Whedon instead of David Goyer.
I'd love Guillermo del Toro to shepherd the DC Cinematic Universe as their equivalent of Joss Whedon instead of David Goyer.
3:41PM on 12/02/2013

Deathstroke??

I'm in
I'm in
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