Bleeding Cool has some news about a few of the lesser known DC comics and the plans DC and Warner Bros have for bringing them to the big screen. From Bleeding Cool: “… with David Goyer attached, Warners were looking … Continue reading

DC/Warner Bros to Release Lower Budget Superhero Films

Warner_Bros_logoBleeding Cool has some news about a few of the lesser known DC comics and the plans DC and Warner Bros have for bringing them to the big screen.

From Bleeding Cool:

“… with David Goyer attached, Warners were looking at movie treatments for the likes of Suicide Squad, Booster Gold, Deathstroke, Team 7 and more.

“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.”

The site says this could be DC/WB’s big news for 2014. The plan is to release two movies a year; one in the spring and another in the fall. The movies will hit over two years and expand on the DC film universe that began in Man of Steel.

What do you think? Do you like the idea of DC/WB going with a lower budget (read: lower risk) approach and releasing some of their less popular titles in theatres?

SOURCE: Bleeding Cool

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  • oxman212

    Yes! The more the better :)

    Suicide Squad and Team 7 would be awesome.


    I like the idea.
    BUT: $20M…!!!

    Blade, an example of a comic property rough-stylized…
    15 years ago, cost in the $40M to $50M range.
    So, how is $20-40M, going to cut it now?


  • YourMommaSoFat

    Never heard of any of these.

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  • AlexiasLazar

    Yup – give me Booster Gold!

  • Truxton Spangler

    Suicide Squad would make a great action/sci-fi film or tv series, but on its own. Not connected to the Superman/Batman movies. Checkmate is another one that could be great. Again, apart from the Superman/Batman universe. Anything connected to Superman/Batman is bound to get the stepchild treatment.

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  • Joel Emmett

    If “cheap” is their primary goal, it doesn’t bode well for the other DC films. Scary. Bargain bins await.

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  • Jose A. Rivera Cruz

    batman vs superman
    wonder woman
    green lantern (REBOOT)!!
    justice league
    batman (reboot)

    wonder woman 2
    flash 2
    aquaman 2
    green lantern 2
    batman 2
    man of steel 3
    justice league 2
    then all of that low budget movies but first waist your monie on the big ones and have the DC cinematic universe established i would really like a death stroke movie though nut he could he could appear in one of the batman movies

  • JEB

    A Captain Marvel/Black Adam feature & The Spector, Dr. Fate and the rest of the many, many varied and interesting characters intertwined in the world of magic would contrast and enrich stories going forward while the JLA is being established. I hope it happens someday soon.

  • Steve Croft

    Bad idea. Doing that shoots continuiity in the face. You need the set continuiity between properties or you end up with the disassociation you faced before which in itself was a major issue.

  • Freen

    How much was RIPD? Van Helsing? Memento? Hopefully about the 50M range


    RIPD: $130M
    Van Helsing: $160M

    Memento: $5M
    (Why the F*CK include this!?! Really?!?)

    Dude, do (any) research next time or STFU.


    Please, take over WB.

  • Loui P Slywalker

    I like the idea of a Suicide Squad movie but there are so many characters that have been used in the comics they could literally have anyone in a movie. I would personally like to see Amanda Waller as the person who puts the team together with Rick Flag leading the team supported by Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Chemo and Cheshire. That would be pretty cool!

    Booster Gold would be shit though. Don’t bother with that one thanks…..

  • Steve Croft

    Booster could be ok but only in the right hands with the right angle. He has to be self aware, arrogant, and NEVER EVER ‘learn a lesson and gain humility’. Essentially he has to be Captain Amazing from Mystery Men, that kind of attitude, ‘kiss my ass, you’re all beneath me, you want my autograph!’ that sort of thing.

  • Steve Croft

    Yet watch RIPD and question where the fuck the budget was… must’ve been in the casting??? Because those FX… that cgi… surely looked like TV quality lol.

    Though that being said my son and I did enjoy RIPD, it was a dopey, stupid little watch yet fun *shrug*.

  • Steve Croft

    Green Lantern can just avoid the reboot syndrome by skipping Hal Jordan and going on to either John Stewart or even Guy Gardener?

  • Uber Critic

    They should have done this years prior, but then again, I suggested a 4 movie release schedule per year to introduced DC movie characters to the film screen–about a week or two ago, based upon Warner’s seeming reluctance to green-light their characters.

  • Geoff Breedwell

    I can Deathstroke being some what OK, just being a mainstream action film. But, since he is USUALLY a villain, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with that.

    Booster Gold was best left alone on Smallville, and the others? I’ll wait to see.

    Either way, it’s clear they’re adapting the Marvel plans with lower risk. Why the lower risk? Better the story, and it won’t matter. We’ll see how that plays out with Guardians of the Galaxy next summer.

  • NatSolo

    oh for fuck sake. you gotta be kidding me.

  • kailash iyer

    How much are they spending on the Sleeper movie?

  • Dan Riedel

    Nice! So they ARE doing Booster Gold.

    That means they can DEFINITELY make Doomsday the first Justice League villain (hopefully controlled by Brainiac). You can kill Superman off halfway through the movie to raise the stakes :) Hopefully they go The Darkest Hour/Body Snatchers with JL in terms of tone. Sci-fi horror would be great.

    MoS 3 could then be about the return of Superman.

    Lol, I’m dreaming, but the potential here is dope.

  • Dan Riedel

    Did Blade 1 really cost $40M??? That’s hard to believe for the first Superhero movie post-Batman and Robin. I thought it was more around $20M. Got a link?

  • Dan Riedel

    I don’t think so. The hispanic chick who had a crush on Superman in MoS was played by Blake Lively in Green Lantern.

  • runner_j

    Sure, as long as they are quality adaptations, true to the source material and authentic. If they are, they have a good shot of being successful.

  • Darth Kaos

    You lost me completely at “… with David Goyer attached”


    Both IMDB and Wiki say it cost $45 mil.


    Hey, Dan…
    $40-50M range.
    Too many links! ;)
    Google: Blade budget $45 million.

  • Dan Riedel

    Wow, and here I thought it was a low budget film.

    Yea, I guess the WB will have to at least pony up that amount. Otherwise, these movies will make way of “The Losers” with Chris Evans.


    In hindsight I guess a little surprising Time Warner/WB/New Line would pony up that amount of money considering that Wesley’s career for 2 or 3 years prior wasn’t exactly on fire, his movies weren’t making a lot “Murder at 1600″, “The Fan”, “One Night Stand” etc.. There was US Marshals but that were of a modest hit worldwide. Also CBM’s weren’t exactly on fire during that time “Spawn”, “Batman & Robin” & “Steel” lol. It just hit me that All 3 movies were made under the Time Warner umbrella lol. Spawn was New Line & the latter two of course WB. However, saying all of that most people that I knew didn’t even know that Blade was based off a comic book character, so they didn’t think of it as such.


    Fun enough to watch with friends or family.
    But, that CGI, ugh. hard to stay in it, watching that.
    When even Kevin Bacon, seems silly, yeash. ;)

  • castlegar

    It’s easy to say, but not to do it. You basically copied Marvel’s plan, but with DC characters, including the phases.

    I don’t think Suicide Squad is a priority, I like the comic books, but right now Wonder Woman and Flash are the first thing. Green Lantern is already rebooted in Man of Steel, the girl who say “He is kind of hot” is Hal Jordan’s girlfriend. We know who Green Arrow is, we don’t need a reboot. Well… DC is not going to pay hundreds of millions right now for a Green Lantern.

    I think they should introduce Aquaman in a Justice League movie, it’s cheapier and an Aquaman would be very expensive and people still take this guy as a joke. That movie could flop like Green Lantern, they have to spend millions on CGI, and most important of all they have to get it right.

    Also, I hate that Goyer is atteched to everything. If they hire more writers for different movies, they can establish a cinematic universe faster.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    As a Marvel fanboy I don’t know who any of these people are, minus Deathstroke. I guess if they’re good I’ll give em a shot.

  • Steve Croft

    Yeah, because recastings never happen. Terrence Howard says hi.

  • Dan Riedel

    Hahaha! I forgot you can do that… I mean, the WB is notorious with having numerous failures to launch. I figured they would do it again.

    Although I’m sure Hal Jordan would’ve shown up if Zod was smashing the planets to bits…especially if he can jump galaxies in a split second.

  • Steve Croft

    lol true that. Though Zod could just pick up a tree and beat him to death with it…

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  • sunnavab

    $45 million IS low budget in Hollywood.

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  • Nate Leiper

    He really just needs to go away.

  • What Burns My Bacon

    It’s like Goyer’s been demoted. ha

    But honestly, if they’re not going to do a decent movie with these “minor” characters, they shouldn’t do it at all.

  • Josh White

    Unless they go the Marvel route and say Hal Jordan was fighting Parallax as the battle with Zod was happening.. they were in two comepletely different cities. Also they could pull an incredible Hulk and just re-cast Hal Jordan (even though RR wasn’t the worst thing about that movie) That way they can keep MS as Sinestro and the supporting cast but R.I.P Michael Clarke Duncan a.k.a. Kilowog

  • Josh White

    This would be an awesome way to supplement their Cinematic Universe releasing one big main character (Superman, Batman WW, Flash, GL) and with two smaller $50-60 million dollar movies like Booster Gold, Suicide Squad, Deathstroke, Green Arrow. Or release Two big movies a year and then one supplementing movie, I LOVE the idea and I hope Warner Bros. understands the potential for all of these golden properties they have.