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    ‘Green Lantern’ Sequel Rumors are ‘Bullsh*t’
    Quote Originally Posted by Philip Sticco
    If you were holding on to any hopes of a sequel to The Green Latern please allow me to crush them; rather, let Marc Guggenheim, who co-wrote the flick, shatter your dreams. I’m just the messenger.
    Guggenheim stated, in no uncertain terms, that any reports of work on GL2 are “bullshit”.

    Does this mean Green Lantern won’t be a part of the upcoming Justice League film? Probably not. He’s a key member and has been rumored as part of the line up since George Miller was originally attached to direct years ago.
    My guess is, like Batman (albeit for much different reasons), we’ll get a bit of a character reboot for the Green Lantern in The Justice League.
    What do you think? Ryan Reynolds’ GL does have its fans. Would you like to see him reprise the role for the JLA movie, or should they recast?
    SOURCE: Yahoo!

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    Exclusive: Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt already set to play Batman in 'Justice League'?
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    Warner Bros. appears to be firming up their plans for the future of the character
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    It's starting to look like Warner Bros may hold Christopher Nolan in the highest possible regard, but that in the end, they own their characters and they will decide what they're going to do with them.

    After all, we heard much talk this summer about how the Batman franchise was ending, at least as far as the current version is concerned, and I believe that Nolan was serious when he said that was the last story he had to tell about the character. But Nolan is working with Warner Bros. on the "Man Of Steel" relaunch this summer, and as we reported earlier today, director Zack Snyder is starting to hint at the idea that his film is part of a larger continuity.

    Certainly, the ending of "The Dark Knight Rises" hints at a possible future for the franchise, and there has been much speculation about whether or not they'll work to connect the end of that film to the larger world of DC properties that Warner is so desperate to create. Over the last couple of weeks, that speculation seems to have turned into conversation, and that conversation seems to be solidifying into a plan.

    According to sources, Joseph Gordon-Levitt absolutely will be appearing in "Justice League" as the new Batman.


    Now here's where things get interesting. The more insistent the drumbeat has become, the more poking around I've been doing, and it's looking like we may see Gordon-Levitt in the suit earlier than that. They're a long way from filming anything "Justice League" related, but they appear to be solidifying deals for Gordon-Levitt and, potentially, at least one other actor from the Nolan films to do… something.

    So let's take what we know and speculate a little bit. How crazy do you think fans would go if Superman were to take to the skies at the end of "Man Of Steel," finally ready to fully accept his role as mankind's most powerful protector, only to have the closing credits interrupted when something catches his attention and he swoops down out of that sky, landing on a rooftop where Jim Gordon stands next to the Bat-Signal, interrupting just as the new Batman arrives for a chat about Gotham's latest problem?

    Pretty crazy, I'd wager.

    Keep in mind, I'm not saying that will happen at the end of "Man Of Steel." I'm just saying that Warner Bros. has been studying the way Marvel handled their build-up to "The Avengers," and once they've made the decision they've apparently made, why not start laying the groundwork as soon as possible?

    More than ever, I'm curious to lay eyes on "Man Of Steel," and to see just what Warner has in mind for the future. It's going to be fascinating.

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    Can Warner Brothers solve THE ANTI-LIFE EQUATION?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel View Post
    Can Warner Brothers solve THE ANTI-LIFE EQUATION?
    DC executive: "Hey, we've got a guy who looks like Thanos too!"
    Fanbase: *facepalm*

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    Producer Dan Lin Talks ACME and SUICIDE SQUAD Movie; Says Live-Action ACME Centers on a Steve Jobs-type Inventor
    Lin: [Suicide Squad] has a script from Justin Marks, but that is on a hold right now. I think Warner Brothers wants to finish their A-list stories first and then we’ll talk about stories like Suicide Squad.
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    Robinov retains pic power base, but speculation heats up
    Talent relations, franchises key to film division, but Universal post could beckon
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    After two years of speculation regarding the studio's succession plans, Jeff Robinov will remain as president of the Warner Bros. motion picture group -- one of the most powerful slots in Hollywood because of its slate of high-profile franchises and depth of filmmaking relationships.

    Kevin Tsujihara was named CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment on Monday, emerging from a three-way derby that saw Tsujihara, Robinov and Warner Bros. TV Group president Bruce Rosenblum in contention to succeed Barry Meyer.

    Robinov, who's been president of the motion picture group since 2007, issued a gracious response regarding the selection of Tsujihara: "I am truly happy and proud of Kevin," Robinov said. "We are both good friends and colleagues and I think he's an excellent choice for the job. The company will be in great shape under his leadership."

    The naming of Tsujihara comes on the heels of a triumphant weekend for Warner Bros., which saw Ben Affleck's "Argo" take the top awards from the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actor Guild for ensemble cast. But for Robinov, being passed over for the CEO post will undoubtedly fuel fresh speculation about whether he will continue his duties overseeing the film division.

    Robinov is seen as a possible candidate to step in for Ron Meyer as president of Universal if Meyer moves into a more corporate role at Comcast, and rumors of such a scenario emerged last fall. But insiders are quick to note that Robinov coming over to Universal is by no means a certainty.

    While the exec's strongest asset has been his relationships with top filmmakers -- most notably with Christoper Nolan, shepherd of the Batman franchise and, as a producer of the upcoming Superman reboot -- some insiders at both Universal and Warners say issues with Robinov's internal management skills are what cost him the top job at Warner Bros. That would likely factor in if Universal does consider him for Meyer's job.

    Robinov has held sole greenlight authority over feature films since April 2011, when Alan Horn -- now Disney's film chief -- departed from Warner Bros. as studio prexy-chief operating officer.

    During Robinov's his tenure, Warner Bros. remained at or near the top of the box office, thanks largely to betting big on tentpoles such as the Harry Potter pics, "The Dark Knight," "The Dark Knight Rises," the "Sherlock Holmes," "Hobbit" and "Hangover" franchises and "Inception." Its marketing team, headed by Sue Kroll, has received high marks for its ability to generate strong box office on a worldwide basis.

    In 2013, Warners has remained prolific at a time when most of its rivals have reduced their output. The studio's key project this year is the Zack Snyder-helmed "Man of Steel," which aims to reboot the Superman franchise. Other notable titles are Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi tentpole "Pacific Rim," Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Slayer," "Hangover 3" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

    Further out, the studio's planning a "Justice League" tentpole -- encompassing DC Comics mainstays Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and the Green Lantern -- on the order of Marvel's "The Avengers." Will Beall is scripting but no director has been attached yet.

    Stakes are high for "Man of Steel." Other than Nolan's Batpics, Warners has not been able to effectively exploit the DC library. Its 2011 "Green Lantern" underperformed, and a "Justice League" film wouldn't likely be in theaters before 2015, as Warner's top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of "Man of Steel," which opens June 14, before moving further ahead.

    Robinov, a former talent agent, has maintained an impressive filmmaker roster at Warner Bros., including first-look deals with Snyder, Affleck, Todd Phillips ("The Hangover"), Robert and Susan Downey, Bradley Cooper, Tom Hardy, Clint Eastwood and "Harry Potter" producer David Heyman. The studio has three dozen first-look, financing and distribution deals, more than any other studio.

    "Talent relationships have always been Jeff's strongest suit," one agent noted. "He's been able to get Ben Affleck to make movies for Warners, which is something every studio would like to have. There aren't many better jobs."

    Robinov is responsible for more than $2 billion per year in spending on production and marketing and has a solid relationship with the affable Tsujihara. It's widely known that Robinov and Rosenblum have a chilly relationship and it was believed that Robinov might have ankled his post had Rosenblum become CEO.

    Warner Bros. reorganized its motion picture group and handed the reins to Robinov in 2007, promoting him from prexy of production. That realignment was designed to allow Horn and Meyer to concentrate on big-picture issues while Robinov oversaw pics from start to finish -- and to put him on par with Rosenblum and Tsujihara.

    Robinov was tapped as Warners head of production in 2002, shepherding the "Harry Potter," "Batman" and "Superman" franchises while the studio won best-picture Oscars for "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Departed." He also oversaw production of "300," "Ocean's Thirteen," "Syriana" and the "Matrix" trilogy.

    Robinov joined the studio as senior VP of production in 1997. He came to the studio from ICM, where he repped the Hughes brothers, the Wachowskis and Christopher McQuarrie. He started his career as a tenpercenter at Writers & Artists.

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