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FerretJohn 7/24/2012 12:35:20 PM

While this seems like a strange statement from me (with good reason) I will say it: Nice work Rob, I do agree with your assessments.  Yes, they really do need to get Wonder Woman on the big screen, your speculation on it being set in WW2 sounds especially good with a possible segue into modern times for a sequal.  A Worlds Finest Batman/Superman collaboration would also be great.  At the very least don't make the movies stand-alones, at least mention that there are other heroes around.  And they need to exploit the small screen more, get the heroes more exposure on TV so they can be moved more easily to the Big Screen.  I'm a little iffy on this new Green Arrow series (mostly because for some reason they've decided to drop the Green) but I'm willing to give it a shot, and I found the pilot they made for Aquaman on YouTube awhile ago and it really had some good potential to it, why they didn't pick it up I'll never know.  It won't be easy, DC's running their movies like they're running theeir comics: sloppy and bad, but both can be saved if they work on it.

DarthBob 7/24/2012 12:59:01 PM

"It's likely going to raise their stock price this year"  Already built into projected earnings estimates for the next quarter.  It will only have an impact on the price if it has greater than expected box office numbers which it will not.

FerretJohn 7/24/2012 1:00:45 PM

Darth - We've had this conversation before, "Just because a movie makes money doesn't mean it's any good"?  If the vast majority of movie-goers didn't think a movie was any good they wouldn't put their hard-earned money down to go see it.  And just because ONE guy who thinks his intellectual tastes are more sophisticated than the rest of us thinks otherwise doesn't make it so.  Personally, I liked Star Wars ep 1, and all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, even #3, and even though Transformers 2 tried pushing the humor a little too hard they were okay too.  And judging by the numbers I wasn't the only one.  I have not seen Dark Knight Returns yet (I will this weekend) but from everything I've heard it was a great movie, a perfect ending to the Nolan series (and no, it was never meant to be a part of the common DC universe, as you well know).  Your opinion is your own Bob, and you have every right to it, but from everything I've heard you're pretty much alone in it.

shac2846 7/24/2012 1:16:36 PM

 Darth "the movie is downright awful" is only your opinion. Quite a few people, myself included actually enjoyed it and the entire Nolan trilogy. And the film is sitting at a nice 87% on RT so I know for sure I'm not the only person out there that doesn't share your opinion. Comparing it to SW Ep 1 and any of the Pirate movies gives away your bias. This film desreved better than that. And additionally your assesment of a step backwards is also just your opinion. Yeah they could have had a shared universe but it didnt' hurt this film just like it won't likely hurt Man of Steel either. I have posted this on another board but I have enjoyed the marvel cinematic universe just as much as the next person but it is highly unlikely they will make a trilogy of this calibur with any of their individual characters, Avengers maybe, we'll see. They already dropped the ball with Iron Man 2. I enjoyed it but it didn't live up to the hype.

TDKR already had a better opening weekend than TDK and that was in spite of the trajedy and is still getting excellent reviews. Sounds like a winner to me!

shac2846 7/24/2012 1:19:32 PM

 Well said FerretJohn.

DaForce1 7/24/2012 1:28:33 PM

 Start with making someone who knows DC lore (and has been successful at it) be the head of DC Studios. Namely, Bruce Timm. Do a JLA movie kind of like the animated JLA series started with Secret Origins. You don't need to rehash the origin of all the heroes, because if you make an interesting enough story, people will seek them out for themselves. Then you can do your separate hero movies from there. 

shac2846 7/24/2012 1:53:39 PM

 I don't think anyone is arguing that point. I mean who doesn't want to see a JLA movie, especially one that would be similar to the TimmVerse. I'm just not going to discredit Nolan's bat trilogy and likely the Man of Steel for not following the marvel formula. 

JacenBlade 7/24/2012 2:08:59 PM

JSMULLIGAN - I agree with you regarding Green Lantern. I enjoyed the movie myself but understand other fan's issues with it.  There is no need to make a second GL film.  The universe established in GL was generic enough to fit in with any they establish for a Justice League movie.  Just put Ryan Reynolds in the suit and have him join the JL.

MONKEYFOOT - You make an excellent point.  The fate of a Justice League movie hinges so very much on the new Superman movie being good enough to be embraced by the fans.  In an earlier post I posited that Man of Steel should be the starting point for the new established cohesive D.C. film universe.  If the movie is not super (pardon pun) successful it's back to the drawing board which would push a JL movie even further into the future.

     Read my plan Warners:

        1) Assign a comic industry insider to oversee ALL film projects and maintain a cohesive film universe

        2) Add something to Man of Steel that references Wonder Woman.  A quick scene or something in background.

        3) Fastrack WW movie.  In that movie reference back to Man of Steel and tease in that movie a new Batman film

         4) Reboot Batman sooner than later.  Everyone knows TDKR is the final Nolan film and the end of that "interpretation" of the character.  A reboot is expected so why wait.

         5) Follow Batman reboot with Worlds Finest movie with Superman and Batman teaming up against a situation so dire, catastrophic or cosmic that it can't be resolved and ends in cliffhanger

         6) Justice League movie continues storyline from Worlds Finest movie as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman realize need to establish a super team.  Introduce Flash, Martian Manhunter and Aquaman in this movie and add Ryan Reynold's Green Lantern to the team.  You now have your Franchise movie with the original members and you get there with just three additional movies.  COMMENCE PLAN NOW !!!!!!

wildwestie 7/24/2012 2:18:48 PM

#7 - make sure alex ross has a hand in the concept design of these characters.  i swear, if they could make his artwork come to life, there would be no issues.

BunyonSnipe 7/24/2012 2:23:05 PM

Keep Batman away from the big screen for as long as possible...

Make a live action TV series with him instead. Get Henry Cavill to cameo as Supes in the pilot...

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