Bleeding Cool is reporting that DC Entertainment is looking to mine its extensive library of intellectual property in a big way over the next couple of years.
According to Rich Johnston, the site’s head writer:
“A series of lower-prominence comic books being turned into relatively lower budget movies. Suicide Squad is one specifically mentioned as only needing a $40 million budget, pre-marketing. Some could be made for as little as $20 million.”
Online speculation has run rampant in the wake of the news, with fans and creators alike sharing their thoughts as to which characters would make the best low-budget adaptations. Popular theories have included The Question, who would allow DC to explore the noir/crime drama genre and the long-suffering Booster Gold project. With the mention of Suicide Squad, it bears asking again whether the DC Cinematic Universe will be tied to their growing library of TV shows, as actor Manu Bennett has thrilled viewers with his portrayal of Deathstroke and the Arrow series has gone to great lengths to develop many of the characters that are key to the Suicide Squad franchise in Floyd “Deadshot” Lawton and Amanda Waller of ARGUS. With the recent announcement that WB is developing Ed Brubaker’s Sleeper for the big screen, it stands to reason that the film could be moviegoers first introduction to the character of Grifter, who appeared in the original run.
Despite Arrow show-runner Greg Berlanti’s statements that there have been no discussions at a corporate level of connecting the disparate franchises, it appears more and more that they are lining themselves up to at least avoid conflict, if not promote full interconnectivity.
Should DC connect their TV universe with the DCCU? Which characters/franchises will be tapped for these smaller features?
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