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January 8, 2009

WB puts all DC Projects on Hold

— Posted by Rodney

We have speculated on it, but it seems now its all official.

WB is taking a step back from any plans to adapt their franchises to the big screen in order to re-organize. Everything you knew is now forgotten, and new plans are being made.

ScreenRant says:

When probed about Supermax and Justice League, Goyer had this to say.

“A lot of the DC movies at Warner Brothers are all on hold while they figure out, they’re going to come up with some new plan, methodology, things like that so everything has just been pressed pause at the moment.”

Including the two movies mentioned, Superman and Green Lantern would also be on hold. With an across the board freeze, Warner Bros. may be looking to create a cohesive DC Universe.

Way back when they were thinking up that ludicrous Justice League idea (younger versions of the characters separate from their existing franchises), we said they should do individual films and THEN do a Justice League film. You know, like Marvel was planning with its Avengers franchise. Then as if by magic, Justice League gets indefinitely shelved.

Then there was Supermax, which was intended to be a Green Arrow movie – which we also commented was a dumb idea. Not a bad premise for an action film (hero gets locked up in jail with the guys he put there – tries to escape) but had little or nothing to do with Green Arrow. And wouldn’t involve much of his iconic Arrows. Then as if by magic, Supermax gets indefinately shelved.

Now everything is being put on pause while they re-organize.

Instead of pointing fingers about how they might have been incorrect, I applaud them for their efforts to admit they were headed in the wrong direction, get their bearing and head off for brighter horizons.

I look forward to the journey.

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24 thoughts on “WB puts all DC Projects on Hold

  1. Well I hope this is WB/DC’s way of regrouping and creating a cohesive universe as said in the article, it is working for Marvel and hopefully they can follow that formula and make a series of connected movies, maybe culminating in a JL movie. I know WB has been putting off a lot of DC projects for a long time, probably because they all would have sucked. So let’s hope some quality comes out of this production freeze.

  2. Anyone have a link to the Supermax script? As a massive Green Arrow fan, I’ve been quite worried about a film adap, especially if they do just lock up Ollie and take away his bow!

    More related to the article, I support this move, but hope this doesn’t mean a unified delay for the entire DCU. Hopefully it’s just a ‘pause’, as they say, adn we’ll get some fresh announcements within a few months.

  3. @Alfie

    IESB.net has the whole interview up, and they were the ones conducting it. They too have the article listed as ALL DC properites are on hold.

    Doesn’t mean they are canning them all, just on hold while they consider plans for existing properties and how they might impact other properties (if at all)

    Hope that helps.

  4. can someone tell me how the following quote from goyer

    “A lot of the DC movies at Warner Brothers are all on hold while they figure out, they’re going to come up with some new plan, methodology, things like that so everything has just been pressed pause at the moment.”

    become a headline that reads WB put all DC projects on hold??

    read the first part of goyers answer again ” a lot of dc movies…”

    plus goyer is just a writer director…this is hardly the head of warners putting out an official press release. one film maker has said a lot of projects are on hold and all of a sudden every DC project has been stopped. ridiculous.

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