What’s up with that Justice League Movie? Don’t Hold Your Breath, Kiddies…

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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…

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    As much as I’d like them to follow suit with Marvel’s productions being connected, I’m not sure how it’d work if they can barely get there solo projects off the ground. Still no Wonder Woman, or Flash film. GL is looking decent, but Superman THE othe big name for DC is floundering (though being worked on). And by that time Nolan may be off Batman, and Bale may have moved on. Connecting their charatcers also just may not work as well, because I’m not sure how well a Batman completely based in reality would fit in with characters like Supes, WW, and GL. Even Smallville which takes the material seriously, is still more fantatical and sci-fi oriented than Batman and unless they bring someone like Clayface, Ivy, or had they even included the Lazarus Pit for Ra’s hten it could work. But they’ve gone out of their way to ground it as much in reality as possible.

  • Andrewarbogast

    They’re quotes are funny! They don’t want to follow Marvel’s path? From what I remember… they have enough problems were they’re stand alone projects. Batman is the only thing spitting out success. Superman Returns = Horrible. Whatever DC does they def. need to produce something good.

  • Juggernaut

    Although DC has had Batman to lean on and some sucess with its graphic novels they have nowhere near as many bankable characters. Marvel’s less known characters (Daredevil, Ghostrider, Punisher) had better luck than DC’s biggest gun (Superman). Yet they shrug off the idea that following suit with Marvel?!?!? Plain and simple Marvel equals success.

  • Juggernaut

    Although DC has had Batman to lean on and some sucess with its graphic novels they have nowhere near as many bankable characters. Marvel’s less known characters (Daredevil, Ghostrider, Punisher) had better luck than DC’s biggest gun (Superman). Yet they shrug off the idea that following suit with Marvel?!?!? Plain and simple Marvel equals success.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Well I dunno about all that. SUre DC hasn’t pushed their characters enough but they have more than enough bankable characters, I think they’re just scared. As for their sucess…they’ve done more than sell some graphic novels. They pretty much took over the comics realm again in the early 2000′s and outsold Marvel consistantly for years. It breaks down like this in comics their equal to me. It depends on the kind of heroes and stories you want. Marvel has always been more down to Earth while DC is more like Neo-mythology. In other media is a mixed bag. DC has dominated the animated genre for 15+ years starting with “Batman:The Animated Series,” and conintuing through today with “Batman:The Brave and the Bold,” and their DC/WB premiere direct to DVD films (which are way above what marvel has put out and they’re consistantly putting new stuff out). Marvel has had it’s fair share of great toons including most of the 90′s titles like “X-Men,” “Spiderman,” and their most recent endeavors are pretty good too. However DC has been knocking them out of the park with very little faltering. I don’t think any of their shows has lasted less than two seasons, while Marvel has had several that didn’t last passed the first season “Wolverine and The X-men,” “Spiderman Unlimited,” and “Silver Surfer” just to name a few. I mean most people wouldn’t have known most of the character in “Teen Titans” other than Robin and that show rocked. WB is afraid to push the envelope when it comes to films. Marvel isn’t afraid to take the risks it seems. Only time will tell if that changes.

      • Juggernaut

        Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of DC comics. I agree DC has a better and more consistent track record in the animation market. They are more lucrative in their T.V. ventures as well. They have definately tried to parlay their characters in television more so than Marvel. Some have succeeded (Smallville,Lois & Clark,Human Target,Shazzam,Wonder Woman), some have fallen flat(Birds Of Prey,The Flash,Superboy,Swamp Thing). On the other hand Marvel’s T.V. track record is not as good, although in their defense there haven’t been very many(The Incredible Hulk,Doctor Strange,Generation X,Blade:The Series). In comic sales they are neck and neck. Having said that Marvel is absolutely destroying DC in the live action film genre. There is no match. DC had the Christopher Reeves Superman movies (some good,some bad), Batman series (again some good,some bad). Absolute flops like Supergirl,Swamp Thing and Steel. The resurgence, Catwoman(terrible)Batman Begins and The Dark Knight (awsome), Superman Returns (crap). Watchmen, which had mixed reviews and Jonah Hex (brutal). Along with a string of hit or miss DC imprint films. On the other hand, Marvel, has had their share of misteps from the 70′s to mid 90′s (Spider-Man,Red Sonja,Howard The Duck,Captain America,Fantastic Four). And while there have been a few catastrophes along the way such as Daredevil, Hulk, Punisher, Elektra and Ghost Rider, since then they have had a string of hits. Blade, X-Men, Spider-Man and Ironman and their respective sequels alone have done more than DC as a whole. Add in other hits like the Fantastic Four films, The Incredible Hulk, Punisher:War Zone and X-Men Origins:Wolverine and they far surpass what DC has done in film. Like you said Marvel is more based in reality and has characters that are more down to earth. A lot of the DC characters are very difficult to translate to live action without coming off campy. I’m interested in seeing how the Green Lantern film comes out. If they can figure out a way to make a high action space adventure with a character and plot driven storyline I will be very impressed. However, as the upcoming Thor film’s trailer seems to show, even the most fantastical, other worldly material can be conceived and believable if handled correctly.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

          Dude we are really on the same page here. LoL. I completely agree with you one hundred percent, I just think WB is scared to go too far with stuff. I think after GL comes out we’ll see what they’re willing to risk.

          And man you even mentioned the god awful Generation X, flick, but not Nick Fury starring the Hoff!. LoL. But yeah I agree Marvel has Live action on lock down right now, and DC has to step up their game. Marvel has to step up their TV game and not limit themselves only to animation. It’s great they have Iron Man Armored adventures season 2 coming, and the Avengers cartoon, and even the anime stuff for G4 looks awesome, but they need to branch out. The Blade series was decent but was too soon for SPike (they were still a fledgeling network at the time). They could easily do a grounded Dr. Strange show, or a Heroes for Hire show. Something where you wouldn’t need a huge effects budget.

  • Juggernaut

    Heroes For Hire would be sweet! There are some titles that would work well as T.V. shows and some that demand their own 2 hour movie (Flash and Wonder Woman). Hopefully DC will start to push out some quality film versions of their big name characters. I saw the other day they are pitching a Blue Beetle series. While that isn’t a terrible idea, why not something like 52 or Secret Six as a series. DC movies (except Batman)so far seem to lack the grit and angst that the Marvel characters all seem to have a boat load of. If they could find a way to portray Thor in a way that doesn’t make you laugh then there is definately hope for DC.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      52 is a no go simply because of all the characters involved. Secret Six would work, but Suicide Squad would be better. Actually they’d both be good for TV shows. As for the movies, yeah they need to get a Flash and definitely a WW flick going. After the animated film I was like why not just adapt this and make it longer and cooler?

  • HulkSmash

    I’ll wait for a “Justice League” movie, because I know it’ll happen someday. After Marvel completes and releases “The Avengers,” they really can only go down from there. Will anybody really be interested in seeing “Captain America II,” “Iron Man 3,” or “Thor II,” after “The Avengers?” I’m not so sure.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I think they will. Thats like saying no one will read their solo comics cause they’re all in Avengers. I mean would we see the Mandarin in Avengers? Or The Executioner? Or Baron Zemo or Crossbones? Nope those villains are for Iron Man, Thor, and Cap to face on their own as heroes. The Avengers is a team brought together when things are too much for the individual heroes but people still want to see those heroes on their own adventures where they don’t have to share the spotlight.

  • James Howlett

    DC should release a Lobo movie, that’d be a hit!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Was in the works with Guy Ritchie, but fell apart.