Vacant Leadership Position Atop WARNER BROS. Slowing Development Of DC Comics Adaptations?

A recent report by the LA Times where top studios execs were quoted reveals a divided studio where jockeying for a vacant Office of the President position has created an air of uncertainty for WB with its financial partners and within its ranks.

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By Mark Julian - 11/10/2012

The picture painted in this article from the LA Times is pretty grim for fans hoping to see Warner Bros. become more proactive in the superhero movie business.

The gist of the story is that Television Group President Bruce Rosenblum, Motion Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov and Home Entertainment Group President Kevin Tsujihara are all jockeying for the newly created top executive position, Office of the President title created by chairman Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes two years ago. The goal was to promote 'collegial competition' but instead its created an atmosphere of 'distrust and disharmony', with virtually no cross collaboration between each man's division. Here's some of the key highlights from the article:



  • Some insiders describe an atmosphere in which executives are hesitant to extend contracts, staffers are afraid to cross department lines for fear of "taking sides" and potential partners are wary of signing long-term deals without knowing who will be in charge.
  • "People are very preoccupied with the issue of succession, and it creates an undercurrent of tension and awkwardness," said a Warner Bros. executive, one of more than a dozen interviewed by The Times who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. "It's like being a kid wondering if your parents are about to break up."
  • Bewkes is expected to announce early next year whether he has selected one of the three men to be the new chairman or if, after the long and public bake-off, he is electing to bring in an outsider.
  • Contract renewals, deal making and companywide initiatives at the studio have been complicated by the uncertainty.
  • Several other key Warner executives have not negotiated new employment contracts — and appear unlikely to do so until the leadership situation is resolved. They include TV studio President Peter Roth, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson and Toby Emmerich, president of film label New Line Cinema.
  • "The turf skirmishes have slowed development of movies based on Warner-owned DC's superheroes such as the Flash at a time when rival Marvel Entertainment is cranking out blockbusters like "The Avengers." Uncertainty about who will run Warner Bros. has stymied the studio from renewing its important deal with finance and producing partner Legendary Pictures. The deal expires at the end of next year."
  • Many worry that when Bewkes announces his choice for chairman it will create further instability, particularly if one or two of the losing candidates flee after losing the public runoff. If Bewkes were to choose an outsider, it's possible all three could leave.


Given a lack of a true clear-cut leader it seems that Warner Bros. may be hesitant to pull the trigger on some of their costly ventures and would account for some of the canceled films in recent times, like Akira and Paradise Lost. There's much more over at the source so naturally, go read the article in full so you have the full context of the piece. Contemplate and discuss below in the usual spot.

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Source: LA Times
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CoulsonLives - 11/10/2012, 6:05 PM
Make a good Flash movie or get the Frack out
marvel72 - 11/10/2012, 6:05 PM
justice league 2020 release if you're lucky.
Asterisk - 11/10/2012, 6:12 PM
Maybe Disney can buy DC.
armagedom - 11/10/2012, 6:15 PM
yup Disney should buy DC comics since warner bros sucks
jimpinto24 - 11/10/2012, 6:15 PM
Make a Flash movie!!!
BruceLeroy - 11/10/2012, 6:17 PM
Very interesting.
DarkGrifter - 11/10/2012, 6:17 PM
MartianSupermanhunter22 - 11/10/2012, 6:22 PM
Soooooooooo...........what exactly is this saying?
GuardianAngel - 11/10/2012, 6:22 PM
*facepalm*
Knightrider - 11/10/2012, 6:23 PM
Warner Bros. should sell the DC movie rights to another studio, but arrange a deal where they still earn a percentage of the profits.

That way these movies will get made and they still get a bit of cash, would seem to suit all parties really.
DaenerysTargaryen - 11/10/2012, 6:24 PM
I doubt I'll be seeing a Jla movie any time soon.
thunderforce - 11/10/2012, 6:27 PM
Disney should just buy DC .
MJPETTY7 - 11/10/2012, 6:27 PM
DC needs it's own "Marvel Studio's" so that they have more control. Things would get done then!!!
crazymarvelgurl95 - 11/10/2012, 6:28 PM
I wouldnt mind Disney buying DC
JordanKing - 11/10/2012, 6:28 PM
Told ya.
StormLoganSummers - 11/10/2012, 6:33 PM
That would have been a cool picture if whatshisnuts' Green Lantern didn't shit all over it.
marvel54 - 11/10/2012, 6:33 PM
Warner Bros has to get there sh@it together
SmellofDuty - 11/10/2012, 6:37 PM
NOOOOOOOÖõŌØoōoœOÔ
CoulsonLives - 11/10/2012, 6:41 PM
Stupid Warner Bros. GET SOME SPEED FORCE AND START PRODUCTION OR I WILL SEND LOBO AT YOU!!!
KALel3412 - 11/10/2012, 6:43 PM
this is bs. just sell dc or something. im a huge dc guy and i want my favorite characters to get movies damn it. not a marvel fan but atleast they got the shit right
ricko8687 - 11/10/2012, 6:43 PM
Well I guess a lot of the fan boys were right, we may never see a JLA movie on the big screen
ZenRonin - 11/10/2012, 6:47 PM
@tony13175
Absolutely brilliant! A DC/Paramount/Bad Robot joint effort would be amazing.
FlixMentallo21 - 11/10/2012, 6:48 PM
That's it--who's with me for a coup d'tat in the management of DC Comics??? VIVA LA REVOLUCION!
redsonjustin - 11/10/2012, 6:49 PM
SHIT!!!!!
thalidomide - 11/10/2012, 6:54 PM
Oh well.
Luko - 11/10/2012, 6:55 PM
ha ha ha
JDUKE25 - 11/10/2012, 7:00 PM
Disney, buy DC. WB is a piece of shi*.
JYCowboy - 11/10/2012, 7:00 PM
What this says is there is an oppertunity for someone to come in and reorganize WB and turn it around. They could get these egos at the same table and talk for cross department benefit or ax the troublemaker(s). That kind of changes use to happen in a more stable economic enviroment. Can't speak on the risks today.
toco89 - 11/10/2012, 7:04 PM
So they've been at this shit for two years?

We could've seen some movies by now.

Well if MOS pans out as expected, we should be allright. This shit definitely wont last much longer.
DrDoom - 11/10/2012, 7:09 PM
WB doesn't know what to do?

What a [frick]ing surprise.
SageMode - 11/10/2012, 7:11 PM
And here it goes.
113 - 11/10/2012, 7:15 PM
Politics as usual.
TheBlackLantern - 11/10/2012, 7:22 PM
All they need is somone who doesn't have an ego & who is easy to work with. Plus please stop saying Disney buy DC because that will not happen in a million years.
rockerdude22 - 11/10/2012, 7:25 PM
@cipher Pass the drinks, pal! I'm more of a Marvel guy, but I love DC as well and really wish they would get their act together. I really would like to see a Flash movie (done well, anyway)!
ATrueHero1987 - 11/10/2012, 7:31 PM
Yea, I highly doubt that we're getting a JL movie in 2015...
ArtisticErotic - 11/10/2012, 7:36 PM
Honestly it's sad to see a once great company be reduced to this amount of stupid! Honestly WB/DC needs to take a break from superhero movies once Man Of Steel hits, let Marvel run the movie thing for a while, they already have such a success, that it's pointless to try and play catch up.

Once the Marvel movies start getting repetitive and boring then I say DC/WB should come in.
ATrueHero1987 - 11/10/2012, 7:42 PM
I really want a JL movie. I even want MOS to do well & i'm not a Superman fan. It's just that it would convince them more to try other superhero movies(Wonder Woman & The Flash).
ATrueHero1987 - 11/10/2012, 7:45 PM
What if FOX bought DC Comics?! LMFAO!
edwardshiro - 11/10/2012, 7:49 PM
Sad :(
JR - 11/10/2012, 7:50 PM
hope Disney can buy dc too......WB are just plain shat!
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