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Batgirl, static shock among “risky” DC films to be made exclusively for HBO Max

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With Wonder Woman 1984 now out in theaters and on HBO Max, the future of the DC Cinematic Universe becomes clearer. As reported by the New York Times, Warner Bros. to begin accelerate its DC movie release schedule, with up to four new films hitting theaters each year (starting in 2022) and two more “riskier” films debuting on HBO Max. According to DC Films president Walter Hamada, who points out Bat girl and Static Shock as two properties with great potential to become HBO Max exclusives. These films will always have a connection to DC’s live-action cinematic multiverse, but the move to HBO Max would allow for smaller budgets or less traditional forms of storytelling.

“With every movie we watch now, we ask ourselves, ‘What is the potential for Max’s spinoff? Hamada told NYT.

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Originally, Joss Whedon was committed to writing and directing the movie Batgirl, but Whedon quit in February 2018 after failing to decipher the story. Later this year, the Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson has been asked to write a new screenplay, but there has been little word on the project since. Meanwhile, Creed star Michael B. Jordan has signed on for produce the movie Static Shock.

We’re already seeing the first fruits of this unified theatrical / streaming approach, as 2021’s The Suicide Squad and 2022’s The Batman will have a series of prequels on HBO Max. Peacemaker will focus on John Cena’s brutally patriotic vigilante, while Gotham PD will dig deeper into the corruption plaguing Gotham City during Batman’s first year of work. Hamada’s comments now confirm that HBO Max will play standalone DC movies as well as spinoff series at home.

Hamada also confirms previous reports that Warners will focus less on a single, single shared universe and more on a multiverse in which multiple incarnations of different heroes and villains are allowed to coexist. We already know The Batman is a full reboot set in a separate universe from the DCEU, although Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton are set to reprise their respective roles as Batman in The Flash from 2022. This approach will likely be the norm, not the exception. , in the future.

“I don’t think anyone has ever tried this,” Hamada said. “But the public is sophisticated enough to understand it. If we make good films, they will go with it. “

However, all DCEU fans hoping that Zack Snyder’s release of Justice League leads to future sequels set in this particular dissident cinematic universe, may need to keep expectations in check. According to NYT, Snyder is not currently involved in any other projects with DC, and Warners executives have reportedly referred to The Snyder Cut as “a storytelling cul-de-sac – a street that leads nowhere.”This interview comes shortly after Warner Bros. President Toby Emmerich announced a third Wonder Woman movie, with director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot are both set to return. Previously, Jenkins has indicated that the third Wonder Woman film will not be a period piece like its predecessors, but will be instead. take place in the current DC universe. Jenkins is also attached to an Amazons spinoff film, which now appears to be a clear contender for the HBO Max treatment.

For more on Wonder Woman 1984, check out The full IGN breakdown of the end and see everything the WTF issues we still have after watching WW84.

Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by follow @jschedeen on Twitter.



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