Warner Bros. Says Wonder Woman Might Be in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; J.K. Rowling Will Have Time to Work on FANTASTIC BEASTS

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Warner Bros. has been one of the braver studios when it comes to taking chances on risky projects.  It’s paid off in a big way lately with Gravity, and they also distributed Pacific Rim as well as last year’s Cloud Atlas.  The studio can afford to take these risks because they’ve got some heavy hitters in the franchise department, most notably their DC superheroes.  Superman got back on his feet and in the sky with Man of Steel, and Batman will be returning for 2015′s Batman vs. Superman.  In addition to bringing back the Dark Knight, the studio has also managed to revive Harry Potter with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Hit the jump for how Wonder Woman Batman vs. Superman; plus an update timetable for Fantastic Beasts.

wonder-woman-superman-batmanGreg Silverman, Warner Bros.’ president of creative development and worldwide production, recently spoke to Variety about the two blockbuster projects.  With Batman vs. Superman they’re aware that their stable of heroes extends far beyond those household names.  Green Lantern will probably get a second shot, The Flash is still running around development hell, and then there’s arguably the most well-known female superhero of all time, Wonder Woman.  Silverman singled out the Amazonian princess:

“Wonder Woman is an amazing character. I think it’s a great opportunity both for box office success, but also to have an amazingly powerful female superhero.”

So is that enough to get her a solo film?  Silverman was vague on the answer, saying ” “We are taking it all very seriously and are trying to do a plan that’s respectful to those characters and maximizes the stories as best they can, so everything that has been speculated are things that we’ve thought about.”

Granted, that’s a bit far afield from “Wonder Woman will be in Batman vs. Superman,” but at least they’re considering an introduction outside of a separate film.  While I think that could be good because Wonder Woman is a great character, the details of her universe are sketchy to non-comic fans.  A recent fan trailer was celebrated for showing “how it could be done” but really it just shows her fighting in two settings.  What is her origin?  Who are her enemies?  What is her character arc?  Introducing her in a film that everyone is going to see may be the better route.

A much easier sell is the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beats and Where to Find ThemThe project was announced last month, and author J.K. Rowling would be the one writing the script.  The story will take place in New York, 70 years prior to the events of Harry Potter, and provide an “extension” of the wizarding world through the eyes of new protagonist and Fantastic Beast author, Newt Scarmander.  So when will be getting this new movie?  When Rowling is damn well good and ready.  “Every writer at Warner Bros. has a deadline, unless you’ve been involved in a multibillion-dollar franchise,” says Silverman.

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  • Dan

    I think this could actually work. She doesn’t have to go by Wonder Woman, just Diana. She could be The Black Widow type of character in this movie. Clark and Lois are on a double date meeting Bruce Wayne there for an interview and he brings his date Diana with him as her cover, and then, later on towards the 3rd act of the film, that’s when she starts kicking ass, but still in civilian clothing, sort of like the costume she had in the 600th issue in DC Comics. When the time comes for the Justice League movie, then she will dawn the costume that fans love and know.

  • jk

    Give me my damned Wonder Woman movie! Seriously, put some money and talent into it, and the geeks will line up! Make it worth while and you might start crossing demographics.

    • axalon

      “Seriously, put some money and talent into it”

      This is the fatal flaw, you’re asking Hollywood to put effort into something

  • Leo Spaceman

    As long as it is nothing more than Hawkeye in Thor, maybe double the amount of lines, but just a short sweet introduction scene. Maybe have her up on a screen in the Batcave and have others like the Flash being monitored. Hawkeye in no way interfered with the plot, neither should Wonder Woman

    • NICK НΛRT

      i agree. i thought the easter eggs in man of steel were done very tastefully, and nearly as heavy handed as the marvel films right now. it would be a shame for them to change their approach for the sequel.

  • Tey

    If audiences accept a beefcake fantastical hero like Thor then they should accept a sexy yet empowering fantastical hero-ine like Wonder Woman.

    Zack Snyder would be the best guy to bring WW to life due to his past experience with female heroes (Sucker Punch) and mystical/fantasy stuff (300)

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      Yep critics loved those movies…
      Do you realize that both movies were panned by critics
      And audience only accepted 300?
      Snyder is the worst choice for a wonder woman movie

      • Old Soldier

        Wrong: Quentin Tarantino

  • bidi

    but seriously, how did you take his comments to mean that Wonder Woman would be in Batman Vs. Superman? that is some pretty insane mental gymnastics to jump around and get that out of what he said

    • JD Darnes

      The title was pure, misleading click-bait, nothing more.

  • Kevin

    I saw the phrase Wonder Woman and completely misread the title of J.K. Rowling’s new book.

  • carl napolitano

    Dear god, there really f-ing this up!!!

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  • The Flobbit

    I am willing to accept Fantastic Beasts, if JK Rowling actually writes something worthwhile, not something for the movie. And they need to cast a great, underrated British actor as Newt: Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston, the Merlin guy, Russell Tovey, Matt Smith, etc.

    • Brenno

      Tom Hiddleston is not in any way underrated, but he is a good choice

      • The Flobbit

        I agree.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    WW is a hard sell just based on her outfit. It’s hard to take serious as well as her “lasso of truth” and “invisible plane”. They need to find a way to make it have a purpose as they did in Batman Begins. I’m not up to date on the new 52 so maybe she has been modernized better. It’ll be interesting to see their take on her, in a solo film or a team up.

  • NICK НΛRT

    there’s a lot of clever ways they could introduce her. personally I would like the casting to be kept a secret and then have her introduced the same way that Carol Ferris was in Man of Steel – have her appear in the background of several scenes, maybe she’s a diplomat from or has a brief fling with bruce – but only a passing reference to her as ‘Diana’, that would be very cool. having her don the suit and fight crime would be a little too much for this movie i think, but I really hope she does get a solo film in the near future.

  • Jtypatrick

    Stop calling it superman vs batman! No official title has been given.

  • Michael

    Wonder Woman in the next Superman should totally happen. Just make the right casting as she needs her own film. I still have concerns about Ben Affleck as Batman.

  • http://stevenbenjamin.weebly.com/ Steven Benjamin

    Mm Jk Rowling is hot. that’s all I wanted to say really… after Batfleck, I’m not that interested in any DC ‘plans’

  • IMPYEMU

    Okay! Maybe we can have an Aquaman and Flash and Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter cameos too? It’s not like this is a Superman movie or anything.

    • Old Soldier

      Don’t forget Black Bolton, Apache Chief, Captain Boomerang, Booster Gold, Cat Man, and the Wonder Twins.
      Oh….and have them fight each other too. = Box office gold!

  • Reina

    i want an angelina jolie superwoman

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