The Hollywood Reporter had a nice Q&A just before Comic-Con starts up with DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson. While the entire article is worth a read, here are the bits that lantern fans will find most interesting.
Nelson on DC movies being made so slowly:
I don’t know that they’ve been so slow. I think there’s been a very concerted strategy that was led by Jeff about working with the best filmmakers in the business to execute their vision of the right movies for the right properties. That may mean that we’re a little more focused or particular about which characters come on the screen as opposed to what Marvel’s done so brilliantly. And I do give them tremendous credit with what they’re doing with their slate, but our strategy has been different from that. I think more “precise” is the word. It’s a specific vision from a specific filmmaker rather than a full slate.
Why did Green Lantern fail when Man of Steel succeeded?
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. But we will find some other way to bring that character to the screen.
No confirmation on a Justice League movie:
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.
Her Top 5 wishlist of potential DC movie properties:
Sandman is right on top. I think it could be as rich as the Harry Potter universe. Fables. Metal Men. Justice League. And yes, I’m going to say it: Aquaman.
Where does Nelson see DC in ten years?
We don’t want to oversaturate with superheroes, and DC is much more than superheroes. If we do our jobs as well as I think we can among our partners within Warner Bros., there is no reason why there wouldn’t be multiple slots across every one of our production businesses that is populated by DC Entertainment properties. We know that within this building, but part of our job is getting consumers to understand that there is more breadth and depth to DC beyond those primary DC characters. Our job has to be, let’s have great success with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Aquaman but then build on that to expand the universe for the broad populace.
Head over to THR for a bit more on her opinion of Wonder Woman, potential Harry Potter comics and more.