DC Entertainment Chief Diane Nelson On Green Lantern’s Failure, Bringing Wonder Woman To The Big Screen, And More
Excitement is in the air as San Diego Comic Con officially kicks off today. Many fans are excited at the possibility of things being announced. None more so than DC movie fans after the success of Man Of Steel. The internet has been buzzing since the film has raked in over 600 million (and still going) at the box office, and fans have been asking what will get get next?
DC Entertainment head Diane Nelson sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk a little bit about DC and where they might be heading. Although future plans on the movie front is pretty lock and key at the moment. When asked about Justice League or even Man Of Steel 2 she said, “I know you have to ask. I can’t confirm, sorry. I would love to be able to give you that, but I can’t. I can say the success of Man of Steel has been incredibly great for our company, the studio, Warner Pictures, DC, and it obviously just reinforces the potential of that universe just moving forward.” Fans have been wondering whether or not there will be a big announcement at the Con, so the fact that she isn’t going to say anything is hardly surprising.
She did touch on a number of other topics though. One of which was DC/WB’s failed attempt to get Green Lantern going at box office. The film debuted in 2011, but only managed to pull in about 219 million dollars. That is only 19 million above the production budget. When asked why she thought the movie didn’t work Nelson said, “That balance of what matters wasn’t quite right on Green Lantern. I know everyone involved with the project wanted it to work as much as every one involved with Man of Steel wanted it to work. In the debate of art versus science, sometimes the mix isn’t just right.” So what does that mean for the Emerald Curseder on the big screen? Fear not, because Nelson also said that they will find away to bring the character back.
How about Wonder Woman? The Amazon Princess has been the toughest nut for Warner Brothers to crack. There have been multiple rumors about scripts being in play for her own movie, although nothing has came to fruition. There has also been a failed attempt by David E. Kelley back in 2011 to bring her back to television with Adrianne Palicki staring. “We have to get her right, we have to. She is such an icon for both genders and all ages and for people who love the original TV show and people who read the comics now. I think one of the biggest challenges at the company is getting that right on any size screen. The reasons why are probably pretty subjective: She doesn’t have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes. There are lots of facets to Wonder Woman, and I think the key is, how do you get the right facet for that right medium? What you do in TV has to be different than what you do in features,” explains Nelson. While the amount of trouble has been frustrating for WB, Nelson says that Wonder Woman is still one of the top three priorities for the studio.
While what DC and Warner Brothers’ plans are for their movies is still shrouded in mystery, one can only hope that we will get some answers this week at Comic Con. To check out the rest of the interview where Nelson talks about the five characters she’d like to see on the big screen, where she sees DC movies in 10 years, and if she values the fan communities support, head on over to The Hollywood Reporter. For the latest on all DC movies, make sure to check back here at Comic Book Therapy.