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Warner Bros. Film Head Talks DC vs. Marvel, Dark Superhero Films

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Warner Bros. Film Head Talks DC vs. Marvel, Dark Superhero Films

Warner Bros.’ intent to build a DC Comics-based superhero film world to rival Marvel Studios has been clear for a while now, and in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Greg Silverman, WB’s President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, shared his thoughts — albeit vaguely — on the difference between DC and Marvel’s approaches to franchise-building.

“We have a great strategy for the DC films, which is to take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers and make sure they all coordinate with each other,” Silverman told THR. “You’ll see the difference when you see ‘Batman v Superman,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Justice League’ and all the things that we are working on.”

Silverman opened up a bit more when addressing the darker tone recent DC-based films have been known for, starting with Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy and continuing into 2013’s “Man of Steel” (the first entry into a new shared DC movie continuity) and early promotional material for next year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” (In contrast, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige was recently quoted as saying Marvel’s films will never take a “dark turn.”)

“There is intensity and a seriousness of purpose to some of these characters,” Silverman said. “The filmmakers who are tackling these properties are making great movies about superheroes; they aren’t making superhero movies. And when you are trying to make a good movie, you tackle interesting philosophies and character development. There’s also humor, which is an important part.”

When talking the Gal Gadot-starring “Wonder Woman” film planned for 2017, Silverman said that though the top two contenders to direct were Michelle MacLaren (the studio’s original choice) and Patty Jenkins (who is now set to direct the feature), it wasn’t specifically a search for a female director. “It was never about the best female director,” Silverman said. Silverman also defended the decision to have multiple writers working on the “Wonder Woman” screenplay simultaneously. “In the case of ‘Wonder Woman,’ the right approach was to have writers pitching different scenes within the framework we created,” he said.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” directed by Zack Snyder and the next film in Warner Bros.’ growing DC Comics-based film franchise, is scheduled for release on March 25, 2016. THR’s full interview with Silverman appears in the June 12 issue of its print magazine.

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