Could Warner Bros. Turn Unproduced Screenplays into DC Animated Films? Geoff Johns Says it’s a Possibility

     May 6, 2013


While Warner Bros. will be taking another stab at Superman on the big screen with this summer’s Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel, it’s no secret that the studio worked for years on a new iteration of the character before both Man of Steel and Bryan Singer’s 2006 film Superman Returns came to fruition.  A number of screenwriters and directors tried to crack Superman, and one of the better-known versions that never made it to the screen is the J.J. Abrams-scripted Superman: Flyby.  Abrams’ take was an origin story that saw Krypton besieged by a civil war that spills over onto Earth, but it was eventually passed over in favor of Singer’s Returns story.

Steve recently landed an exclusive interview with DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, and during the course of their conversation Steve asked Johns if DC would ever consider turning one of the many Warner Bros.-owned unproduced screenplays for a superhero movie into a direct-to-video animated feature.  Johns revealed that, in fact, that notion has come up before.  Hit the jump for more.

Here’s the exchange between Steve and Johns:

Collider: Something that you guys do really well is DC Animated movies.  Is there any possibility of taking a movie script that never got made, like a J.J. Abrams Superman, and taking that script or idea and making a DC Animated movie out of it?

Geoff Johns: There’s always a possibility.  That’s not the first time that’s come up.  There’s always discussions about what would be really cool to do.

This is actually a nice idea.  There have been a number of screenplays written for DC characters and comic book movies that never came to fruition, and a DC Animated one-off could be a nice way for these things to finally see the light of day.  Obviously Johns doesn’t confirm that this is in the works by any means, but it certainly sounds like the folks at Warner Bros. have considered the possibility.  Hopefully somewhere down the line they can finally pull the trigger.

Look for Steve’s full interview with Johns here on Collider soon.

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