According to Variety there’s another contender for DC’s Kevin Feige. Also, the current execs feel Zack Snyder’s Justice League was a mistake. Finally, a round up of current DC projects still happening post-merger. Ooft, that’s a lot of information for one article, but here we go.
Variety has run a report on all things DC. Here are the most important points to take from the trade’s research.
DC’s Kevin Feige
We all know WB/D is currently looking for their own Kevin Feige to head up DC films. One name that has been reported as being in the running is Dan Lin. However Variety says there’s another contender.
Dan Lin, the producer of “The Lego Batman” has emerged as one possible DC chief, as has Emma Watts, a veteran executive with stints at Paramount and 20th Century Fox. Both are well-respected with deep connections throughout Hollywood.
This is the first time anyone has reported that Emma Watts is in contention. One could perhaps assume it’s only those two names as if there are others, it ha snot leaked thus far.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
There are seemingly senior people at WB/D who think allowing Zack Snyder’s Justice League to release was a mistake.
Privately, studio insiders have lamented that “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” never should’ve happened. Rather than quiet the unceasing online campaigning to #ReleasetheSnyderCut, the four-hour HBO Max feature only further entrenched the vocal and extremely online “Snyderverse” fanbase in opposition to the leadership at the studio in general and at DC in particular.
Yeah I can’t really argue this was the outcome and likely not what WB wanted whatsoever. The Snyder bots were supposed to stop complaining and get behind the new DCEU. WB really didn’t read the Twitter room on that one did they?
Green Light/Red Light
So what current DC projects are still happening post-merger according to Variety? Well buckle in because this is a long paragraph I’m going to break up as best I can into manageable chunks. All taken directly from Variety, no addition from me.
The only DC movie that currently has a greenlight post-merger is “Joker: Folie à Deux,” Todd Phillips’ follow-up to his $1 billion-grossing, Oscar-winning sensation, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga.
Matt Reeves, meanwhile, is currently working on a sequel to his 2022 blockbuster “The Batman” with Robert Pattinson (Which hasn’t officially been greenlit yet, but who are we kidding? It could be a slice-of-life drama about Bruce Wayne’s trip to the Gotham Home Goods and it would likely get made) as well as a spin-off TV series centering on Colin Farrell’s the Penguin and written by Lauren LeFranc. Reeves is also developing another spin-off set in the world of “Arkham Asylum,” but that is further off.
Then there’s the second season of “Peacemaker” from writer-director James Gunn, which Gunn says is still moving forward.
The future of the animated series “Harley Quinn” and live-action shows “Titans” and “Doom Patrol” — all premiering new seasons this year on HBO Max — are less clear, as is what’s to become of “Constantine” and “Madame Xanadu” shows currently in development at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.
There you have it folks. So by my count that means we are still getting The BatmanVerse from Matt Reeves, and James Gunn’s shows like Peacemaker Season 2. These are the only two DC properties I care about right now, so that’s a plus for me. As for the other still in development projects, I guess we shall have to wait and see? Though the Joker sequel is 100% a go.
What do you think of the new contender for DC’s Kevin Feige? Was Zack Snyder’s Justice League a mistake? What are your thoughts on the DC projects still happening post-merger? As always, leave any thoughts below if you can.