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Warner Bros is planning a Wonder Woman Movie

05 Jul 2011 01:07 - 05 Jul 2011 01:10 #23847 by ong76win2
After "Potter," Warner Bros eyes magic from DC Comics (Reuters)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If only they could wave a magic wand, studio executives at Warner Bros. would make their "Harry Potter" film franchise last forever. But movie magic takes more than a whisk of a stick to conjure up.

When "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" opens on July 15, it marks the beginning of the end for the highest grossing movie series of all time -- $6 billion worldwide box office -- and one that has given Hollywood studio Warner Bros. a stable revenue source since 2001.

The end of "Harry Potter" has led financial analysts to wonder what Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc., has planned to fill the gap when the series about the young magician, his friends, and their battle against evil comes to an end.

With this eighth movie, Warner Bros. has tapped all the books in the "Harry Potter" series from author J.K. Rowling, which are the backbone of the films.

"Overall, you're not going to capture all the mojo created from 'Harry Potter,' but you've got some real potential there with reboots of existing franchises and sequels of already existing properties," said David Miller, an analyst with Caris & Company.

For summer 2012, Warner Bros can bank on "The Dark Knight Rises," the third Batman movie directed by Christopher Nolan and the follow-up to his 2008 "The Dark Knight," which topped $1 billion in world ticket sales.

Also next year, the studio looks to release its highly anticipated "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which is a prequel to its successful "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Last year, the studio's then president and chief operating officer Alan Horn said at an industry event in Las Vegas that as "Harry Potter" fades away, the company would rely more on its rich source of characters and material in its DC Comics unit.

DC SUPERHEROES TO THE RESCUE?

But Hollywood observers point to missed opportunities with some previous movie adaptations using DC Comics superheroes, especially compared to the nearly flawless record of rival Marvel Entertainment, which this summer has seen its "Thor" 3-D movie earn about $440 million at worldwide box offices.

"The jury is still out on whether they've found the right combination from their DC franchise to replace 'Harry Potter,'" said James Dix, an analyst with Wedbush Securities.

One case in point is the low-wattage result for "Green Lantern," a movie based on a DC character that has earned just over $103 million in the United States and Canada since opening on June 17.

Given that some industry watchers pegged the production cost of "Green Lantern" at about $200 million -- a figure Warner Bros has disputed -- the movie is widely viewed as a box office disappointment.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros is busy on the next Superman movie, "Man of Steel," set for release in 2012. The studio hopes to reverse the mediocre performance of 2006's "Superman Returns."

Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations Co, noted that the studio assigned Nolan, the Batman director with the golden touch, a producing role on the new Superman flick.

And Warner Bros is said to have plans for other DC characters, including a long anticipated Wonder Woman movie.

"That cast of DC characters is probably going to be their crown jewel for the foreseeable future," Bock said.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

Source: movies.yahoo.com/news/movies.reuters.com...m-dc-comics-reuters#
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05 Jul 2011 09:49 #23850 by www1969
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I saw a reference in a USA TODAY article a month or so ago about a WW movie being "in early development", but I didn't put much stock in it, and I don't in this either. Warner knows their DC properties are valuable, WW among them, so I imagine that one WW project or another is perpetually in development in the hopes that they'll figure out the right approach. If anything gets past the "vague notion" stage, I'm sure we'll hear about it.

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05 Jul 2011 11:28 - 05 Jul 2011 11:28 #23854 by ace191
With apologies to Dionne Warwick, this is how I feel about this news!


Promises, promises
I'm all through with promises, promises now

Oh, promises, promises
This is where those promises, promises end

Oh, promises, their kind of promises, can just destroy a life
Oh, promises, those kind of promises, take all the joy from life


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05 Jul 2011 20:09 #23857 by lfan
WB is looking towards the comic division for another franchise crown jewel once Harry Potter runs its course. The have one in Batman and THINK they have one in Superman (they actually do, if they'd actually use the character properly).

Now, it appears that they are trying to shove GL into the role of another franchise money machine. Despite its pathetic box-office returns (given its $200+ million budget) and scathing reviews, word is they are planning for a SEQUEL! Oy!

As for WW, I'm left shaking my head that they continually treat the character like crap and just waste her on the sidelines. Same actually goes with Flash, which seems (to me) like the most viable movie concept they have in the holster.

And I'm doubtful the upcoming reboot of the DC universe will help (though they may be trying to position something with cross marketing). It's kind of funny/strange at how GOOD they are at animation (series and DVDs) and how bad they are with live action (Batman withstanding) with their characters....

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05 Jul 2011 21:02 #23859 by jdrock24
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I'll believe when I see it.

Given the reaction on the web that the recent WW TV show got, I doubt WB would be brave enough to try a big budget WW movie.

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06 Jul 2011 05:06 #23861 by arvin sloane
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Yeah, I don´t think warner will risk cash in a WW Movie soon... since the 80´s the only thing they got that made money was Batman... and even that they screwed up with the shumacker films. Now they have a chance of really starting something good in DC adaptations with the next Batman and the Superman Movie.. Gren Lantern was a flop, but it was an correct movie that "tried" to be faithfull to the comics.

I Have faith in snyder,and I believe that the man of steel will be the one to make executives decide if it is wise or not invest in DC Heroes.

But even then... they wil probably make a goddamn flash, aqauman, hawkman, etc.man before giving WW a chance :angry:

"If you threaten our son again, I'll put my heel through your skull"

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29 Nov 2011 08:58 #25551 by Corsair
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ace191 wrote: With apologies to Dionne Warwick, this is how I feel about this news!

Promises, promises
I'm all through with promises, promises now


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29 Nov 2011 12:54 #25554 by jimbob
When Avengers makes a ton of money (and I don't see how it can fail) DC will probably want to make an Justice League film. And if they do, WW will most likely be in it. And maybe they'll give her her own film to set it up. Maybe....

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07 Dec 2011 08:02 #25655 by thesupervixen
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I agree, Marvel has been using it's movies to set up Avengers. If it makes a boatload, then DC may do the same.

Although don't expect a sexy wonder woman. Skin tight spandex on women is to risque for a mainstream franchise.

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