For years, Warner Bros. is looking for a DC Cinematic Universe that lives up to the gold standard Disney has set with the MCU. Since the inception of the MCU, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has been at the helm of it all, producing every entry in the franchise and overseeing direction, and finding the DC equivalent has been no easy task. .
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what DC needs in its franchise leader, but Feige has long been described as the model for what Warner Bros. must imitate. Not only will this character serve as a senior executive, but also as a creative leader who must have a passion and knowledge of the franchise.
Over the years, director Zack Snyder, comic book writer Geoff Johns, TV producer Greg Berlanti, and even Feige himself have all had their names thrown in the ring for the DC franchise’s highest job. . But with Warner Bros. now under new leadership as CEO, David Zaslav is assembling a team to formulate the next ten years of the comic book franchise.
Now producer Dan Lin has been the latest of those names in the running with reports claiming he may be the best candidate for the job. While there are still hurdles to Lin getting the job – in which he would replace current DC Films president Walter Hamada – there’s plenty to suggest he might be the right man for the job. .
How DC Almost Launched A Cinematic Universe In 2009
Following reports that producer Dan Lin is being considered at Warner Bros. Discovery to replace Walter Hamada as president of DC Films, his recent and old comments have surfaced and reveal why he might be the perfect choice for DC’s Kevin Feige-like figure.
Speaking to The Ankler earlier this month, Lin revealed he was expected to lead the DC franchise as early as 2008, when George Miller Justice League Mortal was under construction. The producer called the work “the one that got away” and teased him “really exciting” things he wanted to do in the DC franchise:
“Honestly, it was DC that got away. When I started my career as a producer in 2008, I was producing Justice League Mortal under the direction of George Miller. I moved my family to Australia, I was going to have a very different life, and I was going to basically oversee the DC franchise, but that slipped away. Why did I want to do LEGOBatman is my way of coming back to DC but in a very different way. If I could have done just the things I wanted to do with DC, that would have been really exciting.”
The plan was for Justice League Mortal to launch a DC franchise with young actors who would evolve in their roles over several films and years. The cast included DJ Cotrona’s Superman, Armie Hammer’s Batman, Megan Gale’s Wonder Woman, Santiago Cabrera’s Aquaman, Common’s Green Lantern, Adam Brody’s Flash and Hugh Keays-Byrne’s Martian Manhunter.
Unfortunately, Justice League Mortal, which was slated for a summer 2009 release, never saw the light of day after several delays and even being close to production. Warner Bros. chose to focus on standalone projects like those in 2008 The black Knight and 2011 The Green Lanterna decision she likely regrets to this day.
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Returning to December 2009, Lin discussed Justice League Mortal with Collider and called the superhero event his “dream project” before revealing his DC fandom and why he might be the right person to lead the franchise today.
The producer said his DC ambitions are “the reason [he] created his production company” before explaining how the plans of Warner Bros. changed from Justice League reunion to building over time:
“Yeah. I mean, that’s…I’ll say that’s why I started my company. You know, I thought that was the ultimate project. I was a fanboy, so for me to work with all of these characters together in a team and kind of the themes of this movie. That’s my dream. It’s on hold right now as DC sorts out its strategy, but as you spoke to Alan Horn and Jeff Robinov, it looks like they’re building Justice League instead of going with the team movie first and doing individual movies later.”
Lin discussed plans at the time to reveal a DC strategy in January 2010, which never materialized, but also revealed that he was working on a Suicide Squad movie based on Dirty Dozen:
“Good. The only one right now, as you probably know, they’re releasing their DC strategy in January, so you’ll hear more about that, and they’ll talk about it in the new year. The only other other than Justice The league I work on is the Suicide Squad, so it’s a different type of superhero movie, for us it’s a supervillain movie, it’s almost Dirty Dozen that takes place in the world of villains. He’s the only one for me that’s the front burner.”
When asked if it became easier to pitch comic book movies since their success started to build, Lin explained the three key factors in pitching a project, including their source material, their fan base and a recognizable brand name:
“It’s definitely helpful. I would say what’s easier, in general, is to present something with the source material. So the first layer is that it’s easier to define something with the source material, so it’s something tangible that executives and even producers can discuss. The next layer is whether they have a fan base. So those are definitely comics that would be considered that. And I would say that the next layer if we look at it as a cake – the next layer would be a So not only do they have a fanbase like Bone, but I would say Justice League is the top layer where I am on the street… you’re talking about Batman Superman being really well known. So those are the 3 things that really matter.”
He went on to discuss the difficulties of launching superhero movies with so many products on the market, which, given that this interview was done in 2009, is nothing compared to the number of superhero releases. heroes that come out every year today:
“Is it easier to unfold with a comic book? Yes, of course. Because now the business model has proven itself, but like any other comic book movie, there’s a glut of it on the market now. So the question now is how do you differentiate the comic book you bring to the studio or even the comic book movie you bring to the studio makes it different. Because you mentioned the Losers comic, the Avengers comic, you know even in Justice League comics, even in the realm of team-up movies there are already a lot of comics, you have to understand how you differentiate yours.
When asked if DC might copy Marvel’s first blueprint on how to build a cinematic universe, Lin shared that he thinks that might be the direction taken:
“I don’t know for sure, but as a fan, I feel like that’s what they do as I watch their films unfold.”
Why Dan Lin Should Be DC’s Kevin Feige
So, Dan Lin was already lined up to lead a DC Cinematic Universe over a decade ago, when the MCU first started. With Justice League Mortal After casting the original seven members, there’s no denying that this was about to become a reality, as the set expected it to morph into movies next featuring Hammer’s Batman, Cotrona’s Superman, and more. Again.
The idea of Marvel and DC building franchises side-by-side, but in reverse, like one started with a team and the other ended with it, is truly fascinating. But alas, that never happened, as Marvel went ahead with their plans with great success while DC is still trying to launch a connected universe fourteen years later.
Lin clearly proved with Justice League Mortal that he was not only committed to this franchise, but also an avid fan of it. Who knows how we would handle the DC franchise today? Maybe he’d stick to his guns of starting out with the assembled Justice League, or maybe he’d follow the Marvel pattern, but either way his nod to “things [he] wanted to do with DC” is intriguing.
Only time will tell if the Warner Bros. producer. is able to get the job. Lin currently has some conflicts that could prove awkward in taking on such an important position at the studio, as her production company has existing contracts with other studios.
But as the producer has shown his commitment to DC, his experience working with major franchises, and a strong relationship with Warner Bros., he’ll be one to watch as the search for a rival for Marvel’s Kevin Feige comes to a head.