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Or at least, if you listen to what DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson (left) just told the boys and girls over at IGN. In short, DC has no plans to follow the Marvel method of interconnecting their superhero movies into one universe, and seems to be very satisfied with simply having multiple, non-connected franchises like Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and possibly The Flash if the Scarlet Speedster ever manages to get made.
Here’s what Nelson said in regards to what Marvel’s doing with “The Avengers”, and by default, what DC is (or isn’t) doing with their since-canceled “Justice League of America” movie:
People make an assumption that we’re going to mirror Marvel’s strategy, for example with Avengers. We do have a very different attitude about how you build a content slate. And it isn’t necessarily about connecting those properties together to build into a single thing. We think we’ve got great stories and characters that will lend themselves to great standalone experiences, and that’s the way we’re focusing on it.
No real parsing there, she comes right out and says that DC has no plans to connect their franchises ala Marvel.
Nelson goes on:
You know, it’s funny… I really enjoy the healthy competition that exists but also the competition that people assume and, to some extent, project onto us. There is a healthy competition as there would be in any business. But we do not spend our days thinking about what Marvel is doing. Listen, I’ve said before, the success of Marvel, or any publisher, is good for us, and ours for them. We want to support the retail business together and there are a lot of things we can do together. But there is not a single thing we’ve done that has been reactive to Marvel from the creation of DC Entertainment to today. People can speculate, but they are wrong.
You have to wonder, though, how much she’ll change her tune if (or is that when?) Marvel’s “Avengers” destroys the box office in 2012. Maybe then we’ll see movement on a “Justice League of America” movie…