DC Comics media clip from Discovery Warner Bros WBD Still experiencing significant changes in the growth of strength in the future. Here’s a look at the latest overhaul of the franchise and how it relates to the well-known superhero, Superman.
what happened: Film producers Peter Safran And the James Gunn announced new plans for the DC Comics brand related to the films. The move comes after Warner Bros. Previously the ax for the Batgirl movie that was already in the works.
Safran announced that DC Comics is working on a Superman movie that will focus on the early stages of the superhero’s life and will not be shown. Henry Cavill in the title role. Safran also said that the duo is in talks with Ben Affleck to direct a future DC movie, according to Deadline.
The Superman movie will not be an origin story and will be written by Gunn without any director.
The duo tasked with turning things around in the DC Comics movie universe plan to share more of their insights in January.
The news of a new Superman movie follows the announcement of the director’s third Wonder Woman movie Patty Jenkins was rejected.
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Why is it important: News of a new Superman movie and DC Comics movie plan to be announced next month could be good news for Warner Bros Discovery investors. The media company has faced challenges and cut costs as it focuses on franchising and growing the HBO Max streaming platform.
A look at the best DC Comics-related movies shows that six of the top 10 movies are tied to the Batman franchise, with “Wonder Woman,” “Aquaman,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Man of Steel,” the other four.
Released in 2022 starring “Black Adam” Dwayne Johnson “The Rock” It grossed $167 million domestically and $389 million worldwide, ranking as the 16th-biggest domestic film in the DC Comics franchise.
Recent releases over the past three years, other than 2022’s “Batman,” have had memorable box office performances.
The Superman franchise with Cavill has had strong performances across the standalone and Justice League-related films. Here are the three biggest hits:
- “Man of Steel” (2013): $291 million domestically, $668 million worldwide
- “Justice League” (2017): $229 million domestically, $658 million worldwide
- “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016): $330 million domestically, $874 million worldwide
Things have been clicking over the past few decades for the Batman franchise, with multiple actors playing the caped crusader and the franchise’s multiple formulas doing well at the box office.
Attempts to make Justice League films to compete with it The Walt Disney Company dis The Avengers films have had modest success. The Superman recast and possible delays to more Wonder Woman movies could put more Justice League movies on the back burner.
If the DC Comics heads can get the Batman and Superman franchises clicking at the same time again, the company might have an opportunity to boost its movie business and could also ramp up streaming with some franchise-related shows, spin-offs, or exclusive premieres.
The January plan revealed by Jan and Safran will be closely watched by the film industry, and it should be on the radar of Warner Bros Discovery investors as well.
WBD Price Action: Shares of Warner Bros. Discovery are down 60% year-to-date in 2022. Shares closed Friday at $9.91 for a 52-week range of $9.52 to $27.50.
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