Monday, June 14, 2010

Warner Bros. Well-Oiled Franchise

It's known here and there that Warner Bros. Animation has had less than a totally smooth development process with its latest incarnation of Looney Tunes.

But WBA has had a happier time with its super heroes, the latest evidence being this:

Judd Winick on Adapting BATMAN: RED HOOD

... In 2005, Winick presented his Red Hood storyline in the Batman comics and it was met with tremendous sales alongside powerful waves of controversy. He has evolved that story into the script for the all-new DC Universe film, Batman: Under the Red Hood.

QUESTION: What was the greatest challenge in taking your graphic novel to script format?

JUDD WINICK: I had to take two years of story and boil it down to 75 minutes of film, and that’s a challenge and liberating at the same time. It forces one to cut out all the fat and get to the heart of it. It’s about making a movie. And for those who know anything about movies, it’s about putting one foot in front of the other, building from one scene to the next to the next and so on. There are no cul-de-sacs or crossovers – it’s all about getting the story to its essence. ...

Whenever I amble through WB Animation, I'm always impressed with the professionalism of the Super Hero division. They always seem to have things under control. When staffers come up to me and gripe about the problems with other WB franchises, somehow the Batman and Justice League and Superman tent-poles never get talked about in negative ways.

Could it be there's a reason? (Naaah.)


Anonymous said...

Then why are their shows all so immature and LAME? Especially the "writing."

tag said...

Excellent blog.
I liked it.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah; that's all great... When do we get more Barry Ween?!?

Anonymous said...

The DCAU stuff has almost always been well received, at least critically. The direct to DVD movies they've been putting out recently are pretty much the only adult animation going on that's still hand drawn, and it's only real competition is the varying quality of Clone Wars. I could be wrong, but I think the DC stuff has basically been headed by the same team since the early nineties too, and I know Bruce Timm at least used to be an animator on Tiny Toons. Maybe they know what they're doing?

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