It a big day for WarnerMedia as they’ve officially launched their new streaming service, HBO Max. They’re hoping one of their significant draws for people to sign up is their DC Comic properties.
As well as the Warner Bros movies, both classics and DCEU, and in the future the CW Arrowverse, but new shows from the major property will also boost the streamer.
These include a Green Lantern series, Justice League Dark from JJ Abrams and of course, Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
Before the launch, WanerMedia and Direct-To-Consumer chairman Bob Greenblatt spoke about all three of the DC projects on the Recode Media podcast (via Batman-News).
The first line of discussion was the upcoming Green Lantern series at all we know is being created by Geoff Johns and Arrowverse architect Greg Berlanti.
“Greg [Berlanti] has done a lot of really quality DC fare for The CW. These won’t be that,” Greenblatt stated. “These will be (the) next step up in production value. You can expect the highest level of cinematic production values on these shows, and that’s the same for the projects we’ve announced with J.J. [Abrams].”
It’s fantastic news that Berlanti after years, if not a decade, scraping every last penny out of the Arrowverse budget to make them as good quality as possible he deserves a chance to use the same success on a much bigger budget.
As for Abrams’ Justice League Dark project, Greenblatt said, “Yes, he’s always loved it. He always felt that there was a lot of opportunity there and an unexplored territory, and kind of a pond that he could play in exclusively.”
Finally, Greenblatt focused on the big topic of the Snyder Cut, and while The Hollywood Reporter said Zack Snyder could be getting $20-30 million to complete his vision. Still, it seems like it could be more and don’t be surprised if it’s above $60 million.
“It isn’t as easy as going into the vault and there’s a Snyder Cut sitting there to put out,” Greenblatt revealed. “It does not exist. Zack is actually building it and it’s complex…. including new VFX shots. It’s complicated and wildly expensive.”
This is the thing I think a lot of fans within the movement needed to remember as Greenblatt added, “I’ll just say I wish it was just 30 million and stop there. It’s an enormous undertaking and very complex.”
While there was a cut from Zack Snyder, it was just a skeleton. From a production side, it will probably need a little over $30 million to get all the production done alone. Meanwhile, Greenblatt is hinting additional millions going out on contracts and union stuff as this is a brand new cut.
The hardest part now for everyone at HBO Max is the waiting and just hoping all their efforts on Zack Snyder’s Justice League will be worth it with fans flocking to sign up to the streaming service.