WB Promises Several More Batman & Superman Sequels

WB Promises Several More Batman & Superman Sequels

WB Promises Several More Batman & Superman Sequels

Not waiting for Chris Nolan to commit, Warner Brothers is planning a entire slate of Batman movies--Supes and Sherlock too!

Reported yesterday on Time Warner's earning call, an analyst asked Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes what the company has learned overall from The Dark Knight. Jeff's response "The obvious thing we're going to take from [the film's success] is more Dark Knight," Jeff goes on to say "We look at Harry Potter...It's fantastic to have franchises that last that long. We want to do that with Batman and Superman and perhaps Sherlock Holmes. The sequels are as good, with new characters added, as were the originals. That wasn't the case in the years ago. "Warner's has more tent poles as an on-going strategy that very much lifts its distribution and performance." We think that's going to hold up our slate in the 2009 - 2010 period. We've got four big tent poles coming this year."

I'm a little surprised Superman and Sherlock Holmes were on the CEO's list. As Superman hasn't lifted off quite yet, and no new news stating otherwise. I'm sure that would be Warner's long time goal for Superman to turn him into a token franchise, but shouldn't that be the studio's goal for any project they decide to make a major summer tent pole? Sherlock Holmes is even more of a long shot to turn into a 8 or 9 movie franchise, but I'll just have to wait and see the film before I can comment on any future potential Sherlock franchise plans.

So Warner Brothers is planning a entire slate of Batman movies, even after, it sounds like, Nolan has retired from the franchise. I'm sure all this will hinge on the sure success of the third installment to Nolan's currant Batman movie franchise. It is nice to know as a fan the next Batman movie wont be it just because it happens to be the third movie out of a proposed trilogy. Who said that franchises have to stick to the George Lucas method of movie making anyway? I have one bit of advice for future Batman movies, "More Joker."

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