It’s good to be the king. I imagine that when Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara took the podium during a press conference today, he didn’t even have to ask the gathered masses to take a knee in deference. I mean, the guy walks in to talk about bringing Batman on screen against Superman for the first time ever in Batman vs. Superman, and knows that none other than Ben Affleck will be given that honor. As if that weren’t enough, Tsujihara also gets to add that “one more thing”, which just so happens to be a new partnership with J.K. Rowling, who will write the screenplay for at least one more movie set in the world of Harry Potter. See what Tsujihara had to say on both properties after the jump.
Today’s recap of Tsujihara’s press release comes courtesy of THR. Let’s get Bats out of the way first. After saying that Affleck was “perfect” to play Batman (obviously, because why cast him otherwise), Tsujihara commented a bit on the take of the Caped Crusader this time around, calling him “tired, and kind of weary and seasoned”. He went on to talk about the reaction to the news, saying:
“Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character.”
Speaking of reactions, fan response to a new dip into the world of Harry Potter has been surprisingly divided, with some calling it a cash grab while others are enthusiastic for all the Rowling they can get. Tsujihara’s comments might bolster the former crowd as he said the “incredibly important” property of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won’t just be a movie, but also a video game and an attraction at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Not really a surprise. Also not a surprise is the fact that the studio is looking to attract a big audience and slap a franchise tag onto the new property, saying, “the hope is that we’re going to build a film franchise”, but Tsujihara would not commit to planning on more than one film just yet.