New DC movie news and rumours: Sandman, Batman & more

News Simon Brew 18 Jul 2013 - 10:29
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Hints of Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Sandman, Metal Men movies, plus a new Batman movie rumour...

Whilst it's all pretty clear what Marvel Studios is up to as it heads into Comic-Con, the current DC slate of movies is still very much up in the air. The box office success of Man Of Steel has ensured a Man Of Steel 2, and has presumably set the wheels of Justice League turning again. Furthermore, a movie of Fables was revealed a month or two back, to be directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair).

But what else? Well, a new interview has popped up at The Hollywood Reporter with DC Entertainment's president, Diane Nelson. She's been chatting about the comic book properties that she's keen to see made into films, and admitted that "Sandman is right on top". She added that "I think it coul dbe as ruch as the Harry Potter universe". She also added "Fables, Metal Men, Justice League. And yes, I'm going to say it: Aquaman".

That's an intriguing list, not least if Neil Gaiman gets heavily involved in a film of Sandman. How active development on any of those projects is remains to be seen, of course.

Nelson also touched on Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. Of the former, she said that "we have to get her right, we have to". She continued, saying that "I think one of the biggest challenges at the company is getting that right on any size screen". She admitted that Wonder Woman has been, "since I started, one of the top three priorities for DC and for Warner Bros. We are still trying right now, but she's tricky".

Further on in the interview, she admitted that the Green Lantern movie didn't work out quite how everyone had hoped, but confirmed that "we will find some other way to bring that character to the screen". Justice League, then.

Aside from Nelson's interview, a new rumour as to the direction of the big screen Batman franchise has appeared at Batman On Film. A pinch of salt probably wouldn't hurt here, but the site has "heard some whispers" that the Batman Beyond animated TV series is being looked at as possible inspiration for the next full Batman movie. This would mean a clean break from the Christopher Nolan films, not least because Batman Beyond is set in 2039, with an aged Bruce Wayne and the torch being handed over to teenager Terry McGinnis.

It would solve, were Warner Bros to go this way, the issue of how to make the next Batman film distinct from the last three. But we'd still suspect that this is unlikely to be the direction the studio ultimately goes in. Stranger things have happened, though...

Batman On Film.
The Hollywood Reporter.

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