Kevin Tsujihara is on a pretty decent run right now. He recently became the CEO of Warner Bros., and he’s already gotten J.K. Rowling herself to write more Harry Potter movies and just this weekend Warner Bros.’ Gravity opened much better than expected, with massive critical acclaim as well. The guy in on a roll.
He also seems like a smart dude. In a piece on The Hollywood Reporter, Tsujihara acknowledged that:
the lack of superhero movies other than the Superman and Batman franchises had been a “missed opportunity”
Which is a massive understatement, to say the least. Marvel’s movie division is already so deep into the bench that they’ve gone through all the big players and are making Guardians of the Galaxy, but DC’s only foray beyond Batman and Superman films was the god awful Green Lantern. And Warner Bros. seems to be taking some steps to correct this: Arrow is already a popular TV series, and Flash, Constantine, and Jim Gordon series are in the works. The next big movie is a Superman/Batman team-up, though, with no other superhero films on the slate. There was that Justice League Dark thing that Guillermo del Toro was attached to a while back, but I assume that a Constantine TV show means that project is backburnered.
In terms of Wonder Woman, Tsujihara said:
“We need to get Wonder Woman on the big screen or TV.”
Yes, obviously. And it’s good to see him acknowledge that instead of talking about how difficult it is to do so. However, the phrasing isn’t particularly encouraging. “We need to get Wonder Woman on the big screen or TV” suggests that they don’t currently have a plan for either. They’d like to have a plan, which is a definite positive, but they don’t even know yet whether they’re going the TV or movie route with her. Anything actually happening may be a long while off yet.
Given how many Marvel characters we’ve seen already, I’m starting to worry that Marvel will put out a Kitty Pryde or Captain Marvel movie before Warner Bros. gets around to Wonder Woman. Both of which would be awesome, of course, but then when Warner Bros. finally gets around to Wonder Woman she’ll look like a bit of a Janie come lately.
Anyway, the guy in charge of Warner Bros. thinks that it’s a good idea to come up with a plan for a live action Wonder Woman of some sort. It’s a very small first step, but it’s a first step nonetheless.