From “The Lego Batman Movie” to simply…Batman?
As veteran producer Dan Lin vie for the top job overseeing DC’s film and television adaptations for Warner Bros. Discovery, diversity have confirmed no offer has been made for Lin and several hurdles stand in the way of another deal.
The biggest hurdle is Lin’s production company, Rideback, which has ties to several other studios, including a first-look deal with Universal Pictures in January 2021 and developing several features for Disney, including a live-action version of Lilo & Stitch. . If Lin were to join Warner Bros. Discovery to direct DC, his involvement with those productions would have to be sorted out, if not eliminated altogether.
Aside from his business involvements, Lin is a strong candidate for the role, having overseen the animated “Lego” films for Warner Bros., starting with 2014’s “The Lego Movie.” In an interview on the Kner podcast, Beginning of the Month, Lin spoke about a moment in 2008 when he almost had a job “to oversee the entire DC franchise” while producing a Justice League movie for director George Miller. That film fell apart and Lin went on to have a hugely successful career as a producer, including the two Sherlock Holmes films starring Robert Downey Jr. and the two adaptations of Stephen King’s It with director Andy Muschietti – the director of the DC feature film “The Flash”, which is due to be released in June 2023 despite ongoing controversy surrounding its star Ezra Miller. Overall, Lin’s films have grossed more than $5 billion worldwide.
The question of who will oversee DC has been a big topic of conversation in the industry since Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav clarified that he wanted to emulate the structure created by Marvel Studios, whose chief creative officer Kevin Feige oversees all films and TV production in a single narrative universe. Anyone who takes on the DC job will have their hands full between several ongoing DC projects in film and television that are completely unrelated – including Todd Phillips’ ‘Joker’ sequel to the Penguin TV series by Matt Reeves and the second season of James Gunn’s Peacemaker. and Zaslav’s controversial decision in early August to cancel the release of the $90 million HBO Max feature Batgirl.