James Tucker On Future DC Animated Films

James Tucker On Future DC Animated Films

The Supervising Producer talks future direct-to-video projects for WB Animation. "As far as what we’re doing, we’ll probably do a Wonder Woman-centered Justice League movie. We’ll use the Justice League as an umbrella to focus on characters who might not be able to support DVDs of their own."


Yesterday, we heard from director Jay Oliva on Justice League: War and future animated feature film projects and today we have a few words from the man that's currently filling the shoes of Bruce Timm, James Tucker. On future animated films, specifically Wonder Woman, Tucker shared, "[WB would]have to have a movie out and it’d have to do really, really, really, really REALLY well for them to go back [and ask us for another animated Wonder Woman film]. You just never know. It hasn’t happened yet. But I would be all for it. As far as what we’re doing, we’ll probably do a Wonder Woman-centered Justice League movie. We’ll use the Justice League as an umbrella to focus on characters who might not be able to support DVDs of their own. That’s not my judgment, that’s based on sales. But yeah, we’ll handle Wonder Woman in our own way, regardless of whether they’ll do a movie or not. I like her as a character and want to feature her as much as we can. But it will probably be in the context of a Justice League movie."

Tucker echoed Oliva's sentiments, that the current slate of DC animated films are going to have a loose continuity. Starting with Justice Leauge: The Flashpoint Paradox and carrying over through Justice League: War and Son of Batman. " We’re going to focus on the newer material, and basically setting up our own version of the New 52. We’re films, so the New 52 doesn’t really make sense for us, because we’re not doing 52 movies a year, or a month (laughs). Basically, we connected with the New 52 to do more contemporary stories, because the earlier line of DVD movies were classics. Some things adapt well, some things don’t. We had to do something to give ourselves more creative freedom. We’re using the New 52 world as a launching point where we can kind of tell our own stories, kind of like we did on Justice League Unlimited. Not necessarily what the comics were doing at that specific time, but it allowed us to do our own version of specific characters. So that’s what we’re doing with the New 52 world. We’re using it as a jumping off point, and an excuse to do a new take on the characters, and then we’ll kind of diverge into their own world and create their own universe off of that. That’s the idea. There will be adaptations of stories, but they’ll be more recent stories."

Tucker reinforced the notion that the animation team is looking to tell more contemporary stories but admitted that doing an adaptation of Red Son has been discussed. "There has been discussion of that. That’s not something ruled out, but again, that’s a one-off and it’s an Elseworlds story. It’s not necessarily fitting in with what we’re doing in continuity. I’m not saying we wouldn’t do it. I’d love to do Red Son, and I’d love to do Gotham by Gaslight. But as far as other adaptations, there are not that many that I’m dying to do that wouldn’t require a lot of rethinking. They would be strictly adaptations, not literal translations from comic to movie. I’d much rather come up with original stuff or base a movie on a comic and then open it up and do something a little different, so that you’re not just watching a movie version of a comic book. Movies can’t replicate what comics do well, just like comics don’t replicate what movies do well. That’s how I look at it."


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Kelel22 - 10/24/2013, 5:57 AM
Do a Red Son movie...one of my favorite Superman, and comic stories period, ever.
dutchman - 10/24/2013, 5:58 AM
Cool
patrat18 - 10/24/2013, 6:01 AM
Blackest night.
Gamera623 - 10/24/2013, 6:04 AM
Wow thats not much of anything other than because of sales they wont do any moies that do not have Superman or Batman in them. And we already knew that.

If doing a JL movie and focusing on Wonder Woman is the only way to do WW then I say do it. Wonder Woman is still in my top 3 best of the DC Animated Films.

Just dont use the crap artists who did Superman Unbound and Flashpoint. They were both really different art styles but both still looked terrible.
MexicanSexyman - 10/24/2013, 6:04 AM
@YourMomsFavorite, that would be awesome. I read the story for the first time a couple months ago, and I was mind blown at the ending. Fricking great story.
Prime - 10/24/2013, 6:06 AM
League of One? The comic where WW takes down the entire Justice League?

Red Son would be good, so would KC.
MiVigilante - 10/24/2013, 6:06 AM
Christ I hope they eventually do Gotham By Gaslight
soforizo - 10/24/2013, 6:06 AM
A Red Son movie would be awesome.
Embassada - 10/24/2013, 6:15 AM
Off topic, but where the hell is the Captain America The Winter Soldier trailer? It supposed to be available by 9am by here it is, by the time I send this comment, 9:16am and nothing.
DukeAcureds - 10/24/2013, 6:16 AM
Now it's official.
The DCAnU has begun!I love everyhing tt Oliva and Tuckr have said about this, except for tat last part. I know that adapting comics is restricting in terms of sponteneous creativity, but with something like The Killing Joke, for example, it would surely be a labor of love, right?
I'm holding out hope that we see a version of The Killing Joke in this new universe and that it doesn't shy away from things like the mound of dead babies or the naked, wounded Batgirl. Also Mark Hamill said that he would come back if they ever did The Killing Joke. You could go for completely classic DCAU cast, Conroy, Tara Strong, Bob Hastings, etc. And as it would be a new universe, you could throw HraleyQuinn in there, too. I mean, Batman: The Animated Series were always adapting classic Joker stories with a sprinkle of HarleyQuinn, so it could be like that.
The Killing Joke FTW.
Nomis - 10/24/2013, 6:17 AM
Kingdom Come.

And have it the first 3D animated feature.
DukeAcureds - 10/24/2013, 6:17 AM
Embassada@ Time Zones, dude. It's quarter past two, where I am.
126thst - 10/24/2013, 6:21 AM
Wow..That pretty much confirms that Wonder Woman won't be getting a live action movie of her own. If WB doesn't think she can support her own animated movie, there's no way they're shelling out $$$ for a big box office release. We'll probably only see Wonder Woman in Justice League movies. Major disappointment, I think she can be successful on the big screen. Sometimes I think WB doesn't really understand their own characters...
dellamorte1872 - 10/24/2013, 6:23 AM
GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT would be awesome but i would think that would be a hard adaption b/c the source is really dark material. RED SON should be done theyve done plenty of SUPES toons why not one more? then again kids wont get why RUSSIA has such a different view a la COMMUNIST b/c the younger generations may not have delved into history. but its a double edged sword in a way b/c that may MAKE kids wanna learn about the RED SCARE
dellamorte1872 - 10/24/2013, 6:26 AM
so who knows? demographics i'm sure will be the deciding factor, like every studio
dckizzle - 10/24/2013, 6:26 AM
Trinity
MarkJulian - 10/24/2013, 6:28 AM
The WW animated film, while good (one of my personal favs), did not sell copies. Point blank. So as Tucker stated, unless there's a live-action Wonder Woman movie or tv show to play off of, there's not going to be a true solo Wonder Woman movie.
SychoSid85 - 10/24/2013, 6:32 AM
Red Son, and Kingdom Come are musts. I get what he's saying about continuity, but keep the continuity in with the New 52 cartoons, and have awesome one shots/graphic novels be individual films. They've a vast collection of great Elseoworld stories, so why not use them? I've always said, that for my money, animated movies are the best adaptation of the comics I love. Live action is cool and all, but the best, most compelling stories come out of animation. They should also atleast do a Young Justice movie, which takes off directly after the shows end, with Vandal Savage and Darkseid shaking hands.
Tainted87 - 10/24/2013, 6:33 AM
Sell stories, not characters. Whether they are original or not, that is what you market.
SychoSid85 - 10/24/2013, 6:34 AM
Dellamorte: Call me crazy, but I don't view these animated movies as "for kids" or even trying to pander to kids. They seem to be aiming for more mature stories, for mature fans.
GizmoEl - 10/24/2013, 6:34 AM
Cap2 trailer comes out 9am PST. So at noon for us east coasters
SychoSid85 - 10/24/2013, 6:37 AM
Grif: Exactly!!!!
VictorHugo - 10/24/2013, 6:39 AM
Warner is very efficient in losing momentum.

Lynda Carter was ready to play Queen Hippolyta a few years back! Idiots!

SychoSid85 - 10/24/2013, 6:47 AM
I hope Son Batman follows the story they've had going with Damian. If not, it sounds like it will be his introduction.
thalidomide - 10/24/2013, 6:52 AM
Most of their animated films are great. Can't wait for JL:War to be released.
thalidomide - 10/24/2013, 6:53 AM
let me rephrase my first statement.

ALL of their animated films are great!
MJPETTY7 - 10/24/2013, 6:56 AM
Blackest Night
Death of the Family
Court of Owls
Last Son
The Longbow Hunters
Throne of Atlantis
Forever Evil
Knightfall
For Tomorrow
Kingdom Come
gaikinger - 10/24/2013, 7:18 AM
^^^^^^liked it...i loved it. Wish they would use that as a model for the live action film.
AverageDrafter - 10/24/2013, 7:29 AM
Why the hell isn't Bruce Timm the Feige of the DCCU? Has he not earned it? Does he not know this universe and all its many, many permutations back and forth?

Its probably too late, a reluctant Nolan is all but the defacto Godfather of the DCCU, but ffs - why would you want someone who heart clearly isn't in this anymore?

Liverpool4life - 10/24/2013, 7:47 AM
OldGreg likes to talk about maturity. Hilarious.
Liverpool4life - 10/24/2013, 7:54 AM
If she's in the animated JL films, that's fine. However, WB need to put their WW resources toward a good script for a live-action flick.
V8ER - 10/24/2013, 8:09 AM
@DukeAcureds YES!! I've said that all along! Get the DCAU cast back for a Killing Joke adaption.
Also get the Batman TAS cast for a Long Halloween adaption or Knightfall. Or both! Anyway wishful thinking.
Love these movies, hope they continue to keep going
Tevii - 10/24/2013, 8:11 AM
Martian - REALLY???? The WW was my favorite (tied with Red Hood) DC animated until TDKR and Flashpoint.
VictorHugo - 10/24/2013, 8:24 AM
The WW animated movie was a flawless victory, her voice, hair, legs, they were all wonderful. Loved when she was fighting without sandals or boots.

Trevor trying to get her drunk was...heroic. I would try to do the same thing.
Minato - 10/24/2013, 8:27 AM
The reason these characters cannot stand on their own is because all you’ve ever put out is Justice League and Batman/Superman. If you build the fan base for these characters they will stay. Wonder Woman has never had a animated series. GL finally got his first one which was cancelled early and Flash is finally getting some love on the small screen after a 20 year hiatus.
Philvis - 10/24/2013, 8:28 AM
DC pisses me off in this context. Their animated films have nearly all been fantastic (didn't care for Superman Doomsday), and yet they still do not trust their lineup of characters. I will give Marvel all the credit in the world when it comes to their characters...they are not scared to put them out there. DC is sooooo flippin' fearful of anyone other than Batman and Superman that it's become ridiculous!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 10/24/2013, 8:29 AM
Emerald [frick]in Twilight
Minato - 10/24/2013, 8:29 AM
@VictorHugo I agree it was my favorite moment in a perfect animated feature

Can't Out Drink A Amazon! by UZI4you
VictorHugo - 10/24/2013, 8:46 AM
ScottSummers - isn´t it? that was a very human moment in that movie!

Warner should treat "Wonder Woman" like "Thor", start with the "Wrath of Titans" part, then go "Lara Croft" and end like "Independence Day".
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 10/24/2013, 8:49 AM
They need to stfu with their "own universe" bullshit. Adapting comic books into films is what made them successful.
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