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.
Greg 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 Them. The 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.