WB Ramping Up DC Films Production; Characters Like BATGIRL And STATIC SHOCK Likely Heading To HBO Max

WB Ramping Up DC Films Production; Characters Like BATGIRL And STATIC SHOCK Likely Heading To HBO Max

Warner Bros. is finally making its impressive roster of DC Comics characters a priority, with "riskier" characters heading to HBO Max, more theatrical releases planned, and a lot of spinoffs on the way...

By JoshWilding - Dec 28, 2020 02:12 AM EST
Filed Under: Batgirl
Source: The New York Times

Warner Bros. owns a massive stable of iconic DC Comics characters, and unlike Marvel Studios (which has only just regained the X-Men and Fantastic Four and "borrows" Spider-Man), none of them have been off limits to the studio. Despite that, the DC Extended Universe continues to trail behind the MCU, but DC Films boss Walter Hamada is finally looking to change that. 

In a profile over at The New York Times, the Warner Bros. executive reveals that, from 2022, there will be up to four DC Comics movie playing in theaters per year. These are big budget blockbusters designed for the big screen, but the plan is to have two additional movies - "perhaps focused on riskier characters like Batgirl and Static Shock," as the site explains - debut on HBO Max.

It's a bold plan, but one that could work wonders for the struggling DCEU. TV show spinoffs are also a priority, and Hamada admits that, "with every movie that we’re looking at now, we are thinking, 'What’s the potential Max spinoff?'" The first of those will tie into The Batman and The Suicide Squad

As for how these stories will work, Hamada believes that moviegoers and HBO Max subscribers should have no trouble understanding that they play out in the DC Multiverse, a concept The Flash is going to introduce when it's released (hence why it stars two different versions of Batman). 

"I don’t think anyone else has ever attempted this," Hamada explains. "But audiences are sophisticated enough to understand it. If we make good movies, they will go with it."

Are you excited for this expansion of the DCEU?

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10. Spider-Man Director Sam Raimi Returns To Marvel


Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson parted ways with Marvel Studios over "creative differences," and that left Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness without a director. In February, it was reported that Spider-Man helmer Sam Raimi was being eyed to return to the Marvel Universe.

That's since been confirmed, and all the Spider-Man 3 news (we'll get to that) has led to speculation Raimi could be reunited with Tobey Maguire when the Sorcerer Supreme visits his world.

Take a look at the original breaking news story by clicking here

9. The Batman Gets A Spinoff TV Series


A lot of big news came out of this year's DC FanDome event, but it was this breaking story prior to that which really grabbed our attention. The Batman director Matt Reeves and Boardwalk Empire writer Terence Winter were teaming up for what was described as a "police procedural series set in the crime-infested streets of the Caped Crusader's hometown Gotham City."

Since then, the series has lost Winter due to creative differences, and the hunt is currently on for a replacement. There's no word on who that will be, but we know the show is set during "Year One."

You can find more details on this series right here

8. Ray Fisher Drops A Justice League Bombshell


At the start of July, Ray Fisher shocked the world when he took to Twitter to say, "Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable. He was enabled, in many ways, by Geoff Johns and Jon Berg."

The actor followed that with a series of vague follow-up comments, though things soon devolved into something of a back-and-forth between Fisher and Warner Bros. An official investigation was launched, the Cyborg actor received support from Jason Momoa and Gal Gadot, and it's since been concluded...in a rather unsatisfying manner, if we're being totally honest. 

Head to the original post to see the Tweets that started it all.

7. Charlie Cox May Be Returning As Daredevil


Daredevil came to an end on Netflix after three hit-and-miss seasons, but Charlie Cox made such a huge impact as Matt Murdock, fans started campaigning for Marvel Studios to #SaveDaredevil.

According to one reliable source, the actor is returning as the Man Without Fear in Spider-Man. This is said to have been "set in stone for several months now" (the news broke earlier this month) and common sense says Matt will be Peter Parker's lawyer after he was framed for Mysterio's murder.

Find more details on Cox's possible Daredevil return by clicking here.

6. Patty Jenkins Will Helm Rogue Squadron


Disney's Investor Day proved to be nothing short of epic, and Lucasfilm clearly has huge plans for the Star Wars franchise moving forward. The Mandalorian is getting two spinoff shows, Taika Waititi remains hard at work on an untitled movie, while we'll also be catching up with Lando Calrissian.

You can find a full breakdown of all those big Star Wars reveals by clicking here, but perhaps the most exciting announcement was Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins taking the helm of Rogue Squadron. Set for release in December 2023, this movie sounds like a dream come true for fans. 

Find out more about Jenkins' Rogue Squadron plans here.

5. Batman Returns...Again


As we mentioned, DC FanDome was a huge win for Warner Bros., and we were left with plenty to talk about once the virtual event ended (including some pretty blockbuster trailers). 

Director Andy Muschietti stole the show with some big reveals for The Flash, confirming that Barry Allen will receive a new, streamlined costume from Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne. A second piece of concept art showed the Fastest Man Alive teaming up with Michael Keaton's original big screen Batman, and it was announced that the hero is about to take a trip through the Multiverse!

This is seriously exciting, and you can see both pieces of concept art by clicking here.

4. Fantastic Four Finds A Director


Like Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios had plenty of big announcements to share during Disney's Investor Day. As well as a tonne of new Disney+ TV shows - Armor Wars, anyone? - the highly anticipated Fantastic Four reboot finally found itself a director in Spider-Man: Far From Home helmer Jon Watts. 

After he re-imagined the wall-crawler for Marvel Studios, it's hard to think of anyone better suited than Watts to do the same for Marvel's First Family, and this team's big screen return is long overdue.

Find a recap of all those big Phase 4 announcements from Kevin Feige by clicking here.

3. Into The Spider-Verse


The Flash may be about to take Barry Allen into the DC Multiverse, but it's beginning to look like the Marvel Multiverse will be the focal point of many Phase 4 stories. WandaVision will kick things off, with it then continuing in Spider-Man 3 and, obviously, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

It all started for Spider-Man 3 with the news that Jamie Foxx will reprise the role of Electro. The actor shared a piece of fan-art on Instagram showing the three big screen versions of Spidey facing the villain, and it's also been confirmed that Alfred Molina will be back as Doctor Octopus after first playing him in Spider-Man 2. Rumours have since continued to persist about the threequel.

So, what do we know? Well, those include big plans for actors like Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Kirsten Dunst, and Willem Dafoe, and the signs appear to be pointing to this movie being an epic adventure pitting these Spider-Men against an interdimensional Sinister Six. 

We suggest you check out our page on Spider-Man 3 for more! 

2. Warner Bros. Will #ReleaseTheSnyderCut Of Justice League


Well, here's something it's fair to say we never saw coming. 

No matter how much fans campaigned for Warner Bros. to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut, the more time the passed, the less likely it seemed Zack Snyder would actually get to share his version of Justice League. Well, that all changed after a Man of Steel rewatch ended with the filmmaker confirming that this original director's cut would debut on HBO Max early next year. 

We've since been treated to a trailer, the news that it will release in four parts, and even reshoots that have seen the likes of Jared Leto and Joe Manganiello agree to reprise their roles as The Joker and Deathstroke. Needless to say, we have a feeling this one is going to be epic. 

Find that original announcement about the "Snyder Cut" of Justice League by clicking here.

1. Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Passes Away


We wish, more than anything, that this piece of news wasn't on this list. At the end of August, it was confirmed by Chadwick Boseman's family that the Black Panther star had passed away after a four-year, secret battle with cancer. This sent shock waves across the globe, and the tributes flooded in.

It's since been confirmed that Marvel Studios and Ryan Coogler are moving forward with Black Panther 2, but T'Challa won't be recast. Instead, it appears another character will take over the Black Panther mantle, and that makes sense because it's hard to imagine anyone ever being able to top Boseman's work.

You can read our tribute to Boseman by clicking here. Rest in Power, King. 

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TheOverseer - 12/28/2020, 3:04 AM
"If we make good movies, they will go with it".

Yea buddy, I'll believe it when I see it. You had some goodwill with Wonder Woman, Shazam and Aquaman but it went into the shitter with Wonder Woman 1984.
calino2212 - 12/28/2020, 3:10 AM
@TheOverseer - IMO Shazam was fun but not great and aquaman was quite mediocre.
TheOverseer - 12/28/2020, 3:12 AM
@calino2212 - Yea but both beat WW1984 hands down still.
dragon316 - 12/28/2020, 4:26 AM
@TheOverseer - I like Wonder Woman but suffers iron man three main villain fate fake manderian crappy main villain with power of wishing
enjoytheshow - 12/28/2020, 3:10 AM
"I don’t think anyone else has ever attempted this,"

Except for Disney with Marvel and Star Wars
rkshuttleworth - 12/28/2020, 12:50 PM
@enjoytheshow - The multiverse? Nope.
SonOfOdor - 12/28/2020, 2:22 PM
@rkshuttleworth - Despite the fact that Marvel has half of a phase dedicated to the Multiverse that will be in theatres soon? Ok lol
Doomsday8888 - 12/28/2020, 3:17 AM
So if i watch the SW tv series/movies and the MCU ones and now the DC ones

Dayum, how many hours in a day??? :P
Doomsday8888 - 12/28/2020, 3:31 AM
THIS JUST IN: Ya boi Doomy just ordered that starting from 2021, every day will consist of 72 hours and February will have 2 ADDITIONAL days!

I'm doing this for you, motherf-errr lads!!!
rebellion - 12/28/2020, 3:21 AM
A bunch of idiots with no plan. Also, ww84 was trash. In a perfect world they would scrap all this crap and build a normal universe. Starting with matt reeves batman. That actually looks like it has someone with a decent vision behind the camera.
Im always rooting for and defending dc but this is getting ridiculous. They were incompetent to start with and now at&t just made it worse.
Nightwing1015 - 12/28/2020, 6:18 AM
@rebellion - Reeves' Batman looks amazing but looks like it couldn't be the start of a new universe. Seems like their going for a dark, realistic take on the characters. I can't see Green Lantern showing up in that universe somehow. But I'll have to see the film first...
GeneralZod - 12/28/2020, 7:06 AM
@rebellion - Exactly. This is precisely why, when a major studio wants to build a successful, shared universe, there needs to be one production czar tightly controlling all the scripts and the directors to implement a singular vision. "Creative differences? We wish you the best," is basically what Kevin Feige would say. This is what WB/DC didn't do, and now AT&T is looking purely at short-term profit. What a mess.
rkshuttleworth - 12/28/2020, 12:55 PM
@rebellion - I am sure glad the people here aren't planning things. I would rather see people who actually are filmmakers AND comic book fans making the movies than most of the people here.
Kumkani - 12/28/2020, 3:28 AM
Am I missing something? How is Static Shock a "riskier character"?
GwenLantern - 12/28/2020, 3:30 AM
@Kumkani - Three reasons: 1. He's not Batman. 2. He's not The Joker. 3. He's not Harley Quinn.
whatevtrev - 12/28/2020, 3:29 AM
Warner Bros, don’t just do this because Marvel are doing it. The last time you tried to play catch up, you gave us Suicide Squad and Justice League which are two of the worst comic book films I’ve seen in the last ten years. Calm your tits.
rebellion - 12/28/2020, 3:32 AM
@whatevtrev - they never tried to do what marvel is doing. They went straight for the avengers type films cuz they are lazy bastards. And they failed, ofc.
OmegaDaGrodd - 12/28/2020, 3:39 AM
"With every movie that we’re looking at now, we are thinking, 'What’s the potential Max spinoff?'"

Look no further than that quote when trying to figure out why WB keeps screwing this stuff up. Absolutely baffling that Hamada refuses to learn the right lessons
Kumkani - 12/28/2020, 3:43 AM
@OmegaDaGrodd - This doesn't seem like a bad train of thought until you remember that they're making a Trench spinoff film.
xfactor - 12/28/2020, 4:08 AM
@Kumkani - with James wan’s affinity for horror, is that really surprising?
bobevanz - 12/28/2020, 3:48 AM
Hey guys, let's make a movie set in the 80's with no music from the era or any themes or issues regarding that time period. Genius!
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