Changes Inside Warner Bros And DC Could Mean New Films/Series For Comic Characters

By Jason A. Hill

DC entertainmentWBWarner Bros. has moved operation of DC Entertainment under its supervision with Diane Nelson to serve as President. DC Entertainment, formerly a separate division of Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc., will be integrated along with the DC Comics business, brand, and characters into WBEI.

DC Entertainment will now work with each of the Warner Bros. divisions, which will tap into the expertise of the studio and utilize DC properties as key titles and growth drivers across all of the studio, including feature films, television, interactive entertainment, direct-to-consumer platforms and consumer products. The DC Comics publishing business will remain largely unchanged. DC Comics releases about 90 comic books and 30 graphic novels a month and remains a creative leader in the comic book industry.

Nelson, who’s just finished overseeing the end of the Harry Potter franchise, will now put more effort into getting DC’s licensed material on the big-screen and on TV.

According to Alan Horn, President & COO of Warner Bros., in a press release obtained from

“It’s no secret that DC has myriad rich and untapped possibilities from its deep library of iconic and lesser-known characters,” said Horn. “While we’ve had great success in films and television, the formation of DC Entertainment will help us to bring more DC properties across additional platforms to fans around the world, while maintaining brand integrity and authenticity. Diane is a terrific choice to lead DC Entertainment, and with Paul in his new role as a valued consultant and contributing editor, both our company and comic fans win.”

Also mentioned in the press release was a list of projects currently in development:

Human Target is being produced by Warner Bros. Television for a mid-season debut on Fox.

Midnight Mass is in series development at Warner Bros. Television for consideration for the 2010-11 season.

Jonah Hex, Warner Bros. Pictures’ supernatural Western starring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox and John Malkovich, recently wrapped production in Louisiana.

The Losers, Dark Castle/Warner Bros. Pictures’ action-adventure drama starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana and Chris Evans, began principal photography in mid-July in Puerto Rico.

The Green Lantern, Warner Bros. Pictures’ next big superhero tentpole release, recently cast Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. The film has a projected second-quarter 2011 release date.

Lobo, based on the DC Comics anti-hero, has Guy Ritchie attached as director; Joel Silver, Akiva Goldsman and Andrew Rona are producing for Silver Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures.

– Warner Premiere’s direct-to-DVD animated release of Green Lantern: First Flight debuted July 28.

– Warner Bros. Animation currently produces Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which airs on Cartoon Network.

– Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released Batman: Arkham Asylum, a dark, action-packed videogame adventure for Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows, on August 25.

In addition, speculation has gathered momentum for a new Wonder Woman series. There is also news that under the supervision of Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception), Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) has signed on to direct the next Superman film.

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