Just as Comic-Con kicked off, DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson did an extremely rare interview with The Hollywood Reporter. You’ll want to pore over every word if you’re a DC Kreminlinologist, especially on the new hierarchy at Warner Bros—on new studio head Kevin Tsujihara “So now that I’m working solely for him, reporting to him, I think it’s just the greatest time ever. DC is one of his biggest priorities.”—and characters who are slated for movies—Sandman, Fables, Metal Men (!), Justice League, and Aquaman—and these other two notable quotables:
THR: There have been a few attempts at bringing Wonder Woman to the screen — the Joss Whedon feature that was canceled in 2007, David E. Kelley’s 2011 TV pilot — but nothing has stuck.
Nelson: We have to get her right, we have to. She is such an icon for both genders and all ages and for people who love the original TV show and people who read the comics now. I think one of the biggest challenges at the company is getting that right on any size screen. The reasons why are probably pretty subjective: She doesn’t have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes. There are lots of facets to Wonder Woman, and I think the key is, how do you get the right facet for that right medium? What you do in TV has to be different than what you do in features. She has been, since I started, one of the top three priorities for DC and for Warner Bros. We are still trying right now, but she’s tricky.
THR: You are bringing back, or re-energizing, DC’s creator-owned Vertigo comics line — which gave us Sandman, Preacher and Fables — after a long decline. One reason for the decline was that other publishers offered creators better contracts when it came to media rights. Has that changed?
Nelson: I can’t comment on deals. But I do believe we recognize that we have to take certain steps — that maybe we didn’t in the past — to make sure that Vertigo is a place where creators feel they can bring a property and have a good chance of it getting seen, prioritized, appreciated and hopefully developed into other media. We need to make sure that they are getting access to New Line and Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner TV and Warner Horizon. And that those parts of the studio understand that Vertigo is an incubator of the best talent in our business.
READING BETWEEN THE LINES on the most basic possible level: Nelson has a new boss, Tsujihara, and is cementing her priorities in public. So good! More attention for DC Entertainment.
Nelson appeared at a press conference yesterday to unveil the final Justice League Kia and announce that her Heroes for Hope charity has raised more than $3 million to combat starvation in the horn of Africa (wonderful news) and totally cracked up the room by announcing that her nine year old son was going to finish painting the KIA live in front of them, before adding, “No, I meant Jim Lee is going to finish it.” It was a cute moment from someone who is well capable of launching a formidable charm offensive when needed.