Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes says that he hopes the revived “Batman” franchise will have as long a life as the studio’s other big cash cow – the “Harry Potter” films.
“We look at Harry Potter. it’s fantastic to have franchises that last that long. We want to do that with Batman and Superman and perhaps Sherlock Holmes. The sequels are as good, with new characters added, as were the originals. That wasn’t the case in the years ago” said Bewkes during the company’s Q4 earnings call yesterday.
More major sequels are in order too – “Warners has more tentpoles as an on-going strategy that very much lifts its distribution and performance. We think that’s going to hold up our slate in the 2009 – 2010 period. We’ve got four more big tentpoles coming this year.”
This commitment comes despite the general impression that director Christopher Nolan’s third “Batman” feature, currently being discussed but still quite a few years off, will be his last.
Meanwhile he adds that the upcoming “Harry Potter”, “Terminator”, “Sherlock Holmes” and “Watchmen” are movies “we’re deeply excited about.” The studio itself announced a net loss of $16.03 billion for the period.
A full transcript of the call is up at Alley Insider.