Warner Bros. DC Comics Universe and TV Lineup

In a 10.15.2014 press release, Warner Bros. DC Comics has confirmed more news about the future DC Comics Universe and more. Previously ‘leaked’ news on 6.12.14, followed by information in their June 12th announcement, Warner Bros. consumer products division and Mattel Inc. extended their 15 year partnership to broaden product offerings based on the DC Comic characters. The deal provides rights to Mattel to produce toys and products for upcoming DC Comics films, animation and television projects developed by Warner Bros. during the agreement period. From the Warner Bros. press release:

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

“The demand for high quality video content is growing fast – in the United States and around the world – as new technologies have created new platforms and millions of new connected consumers,” said Tsujihara. “The opportunity is huge. And no studio is better positioned to take advantage of it than Warner Bros.”

Warner Bros. Pictures will release three LEGO-branded films over the next four years, building upon the enormous success of this year’s “The LEGO Movie”, office), starting with “Ninjago” in 2016, directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Batman will take a star turn in “The LEGO Batman Movie” in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and the sequel, “The LEGO Movie 2,” will debut in 2018.

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

Time Warner’s Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment press release defined its more aggressive expansion plans and content strategy of superhero television and and film franchises in an effort to better compete with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment plans. Regarding its television content plans, the press release included:

The Studio has a number of future projects set up at TNT, including a pilot production order for an untitled drama set in the unpredictable world of the Florida cocaine trade in the 1970s, from Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay and Michelle Ashford, and is in development on “Titans,” from Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman and Marc Haimes, based upon the DC Comics characters.

WBTV has also produced the pilot “Westworld,” from executive producers J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan, Jerry Weintraub and Lisa Joy, and starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood, and has a number of other projects in development at the company.

The slate of DC Comics and other projects includes:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
“Suicide Squad,” directed by David Ayer (2016)
Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot (2017)
“Justice League Part One,” directed by Zack Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
“The Flash,” starring Ezra Miller (2018)
“Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa (2018)
“Shazam” (2019)
“Justice League Part Two,” directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
“Cyborg,” starring Ray Fisher (2020)
“Green Lantern” (2020)

The “The Flash” series, based on DC Comics character Flash (Barry Allen), debuted on the CW television network in 2014. The Flash is a spin-off of DC’s “Arrow” existing in the same universe. Arrow just completed its second season. More about The Flash…

Source: Business Wire

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