Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros has given an in-depth interview to The Hollywood Reporter and in the discussion, as is to be expected, the subject of the DC Comics movie adaptations and their competing with Marvel came up. And he was only too keen to chat openly and hostly.
We recommend you check out the full interview at the link above, but we’ve picked out some of the highlights below.
First up, he talks about the DC strategy compared to that of Marvel: “We have a great strategy for the DC films, which is to take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers and make sure they all coordinate with each other. You’ll see the difference when you see Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Justice League and all the things that we are working on.”
It was his response to the complaints about how dark the trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was that piqued our interest, however: “There is intensity and a seriousness of purpose to some of these characters. The filmmakers who are tackling these properties are making great movies about superheroes; they aren’t making superhero movies. And when you are trying to make a good movie, you tackle interesting philosophies and character development. There’s also humor, which is an important part.”
What!? Humour!? But everyone believed DC had a strict ‘no humour’ policy! No, we never believed it, but it’s amazing how many people did.
Finally, on female directors, he seems determined to find the right person for the job, no matter who they are: “We had a very intensive process looking at everybody. Patty and Michelle were really the ones who came to the forefront the first go-round, so when things didn’t work out with Michelle, we all knew we had someone great who had expressed interest before. She came back and is doing a great job. But it was never about the best female director. She has demonstrated doing amazing work with female characters, such as in Monster.”
While many have had a very negative view of DC’s output so far – well, the one movie – we here at FTN have no doubt that they have a solid plan for their movies. We liked Man of Steel, we love what we’ve seen of Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman and we believe that comparisons between them and Marvel are silly because, frankly, they seem worlds apart in approach and characters.
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