When Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Comics announced their film slate the other month, one thing that quite a few people were talking about were the absentees. Adaptations of comic titles like “Sandman,” “Shazam” and Guillermo del Toro’s proposed “Justice League Dark” ensemble are known to be in development but were not listed.
Last month it was revealed by author Neil Gaiman that the “Sandman” film was being developed under the ‘Vertigo’ imprint and so it wasn’t a part of Warners’ plans – “It’s not a DC Comics film. It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement.”
Now it looks like the “Shazam” film might follow suit. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who plays the villain Black Adam in the film, responded to a fan this week who was concerned the “Shazam” film wouldn’t have much “fun” as it would have to follow the serious tone of the Snyder/Goyer DC Cinematic Universe films. Johnson responded with:
– Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 2, 2014
This pretty much confirms comments from New Line President Toby Emmerich back in September who seemed to indicate the film will be a standalone release and that it “will have a tone unto itself”.
So DC comic adaptations that are part of the interconnected DC Cinematic Universe will be released under the Warners/DC label. It would appear that standalones and more genre-themed material that doesn’t fit the DCCU will be output through either a Warners/Vertigo or New Line/Vertigo label.
The Vertigo comic imprint is undergoing a major brand fresh in early 2015 according to reports from New York Comic Con last month, might we expect a secondary film slate announcement around that time as well?