Time Warner Touts ‘Batman V. Superman,’ ‘Black Mass’ at Annual Meeting

'Batman Vs. Superman' Touted at Time
Courtesy of Warner Bros.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes showed off teasers for upcoming Warner Bros. features “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Black Mass” at the conglom’s annual meeting Friday in Atlanta, Ga.

Bewkes talked up plans for Warner Bros. to release as many as 10 DC Comics-related movies in the next few years. He said there was “no more anticipated” movie for 2016 than the “Batman V. Superman” superhero pairing. He then cued a teaser for the pic that previously was seen in April at CinemaCon and features a glimpse of Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight.

“Black Mass,” the Whitey Bulger biopic starring Johnny Depp set for release in September, also got a plug and clip at the shareholders session. Bewkes breezed through highlights of Turner Broadcasting’s performance and upcoming projects, including a clip of TBS’ offbeat Jason Jones domestic comedy “Detour.”

The “Take My Money, HBO” spot promoting HBO Go with “Sopranos” alums Tony Sirico and Vincent Pastore got a spin as Bewkes touted the “very strong start” of sales of HBO’s stand-alone broadband offering. He did not offer any specific numbers but assured shareholders that the launch of the service in April “has put HBO once again in the vanguard of innovation.”

The meeting ran a little over an hour and was mostly uneventful, with the exception of a woman who went off during the open Q&A period on a politically charged tangent critical of actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal Almuddin Clooney. Bewkes eventually cut the woman off by asserting, “We cannot allow this meeting to be the place where personal or political views of any of us are expressed.”

All 12 of Time Warner’s directors won re-election to the board with more than 89% of the vote. Shareholder proposals to implement rules regarding the depiction of tobacco use in the company’s movies and a proposal for the company to pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions were easily defeated. An advisory vote approving the company’s top corporate executive compensation packages for 2014 passed with 94% of the vote.

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  1. alphpnsus says:

    I totally agree. DC doesn’t have to ape Marvel, though Marvel’s methods seems to tickle audiences more. Let DC’s tone be it, dark and gritty, and Marvel, light and giddy. DC entertains ala Nolan, dark and intellectual, and emotional and Marvel entertains light, comedic, action-packed and every story is told, not implied. I love both, I don’t take sides. Box-Office is not currently held by Marvel, but given that Batman can almost fight them alone, a little help from Superman, Wonderwoman, Flash and Aquaman may help tip the balance in their favor (I hope). But then again, audience decides that not our opinion

  2. Tom Broker says:

    This movie is a set up for a Real Justice League show of a Justice League in real life as all the actors are playing real people: Henry Cavill is playing Justin Massler as Superman, Ben Affleck is playing Elon Musk as Batman, and Gal Gadot is playing Kim Kardashian as Wonder Woman.

  3. Bobbi says:

    Batman and Superman have always been real men that could mysteriously accomplish, supernatural good deeds. They’ve always outsmarted, punched and fought off REAL HUMAN evil, bad guys to save the community…or by golly, the world! The fact that they could fly and had really cool cars and gadgets, made ’em fun to watch… plus, they were gorgeous and had really kind hearts…what’s not to love about these guys? Unfortunately, someone in Hollywood thought introducing robots, transformers, exploding mechanical devices and lots of unnatural special effects, was necessary to keep people interested in these franchaises….I totally disagree. Sure would be nice to see SOMEONE – ANYBODY, stick to the real deal and cut the crap.

  4. Paully says:

    B vs. S is not a sure thing like Disney’s Avengers. WB has the wrong grim tone.. Not like Marvel/Disney’s fun and intelligent take. That last Superman flick was grim and a downer. Hay here’s an idea make it a period piece like Captain America. Be Witty WB .. If you can. After all it’s called a Comic Book as in fun.

    • Captain America was trash. Get outta here with that. 2nd one was the best thing Marvel has done hands down. But first Avenger movie…no. And DC doesn’t have to change it’s tone. Batman/Superman etc. are for big boys not Disney kids. Point blank. Being a super hero isn’t about being a party animal and cracking weak jokes every 2 seconds while the world is in chaos. DC’s heroes are more real to the audience and live their lives in a more realistic world where there are actual consequences for their actions rather than wasting their time doing lullaby’s for bad CGI green rage monsters

      • Joeski says:

        Alan smith, could not have said it better myself… Apples and oranges… Let em be

      • Alan Smith says:

        100% agree with you. Superman doesn’t need to be anything. Fun is subjective. One person’s definition of fun is another person’s definition of disposable entertainment that doesn’t stay with you. Superhero films, for the most part, shouldn’t be slapstick comedies when the source material doesn’t reflect that tone. When they do we get movies like Batman and Robin. The DC heroes, anyways, are more religious figures than goofball comedians.

        I love almost all of the Marvel movies, but the only one that really stuck with me was Cap 2, and that’s because of the mature nature of the storyline and how it was handled. Goofy fun is okay, but there’s no rule saying all films derived from comics need to be aimed at kids. It’s like that old adage that all comics were for children. That may have been true 60 years ago but it’s certainly not the case now.

        Nolan and Snyder showed you can have a more “mature” hero film and have it be emotionally resonant.

        DC tried to ape the Marvel method by making Green Lantern essentially Iron Man with a power ring and it failed. The tone failed.

        Someone explained the difference in tone between the two companies like this and I agree: the Marvel characters are like a dysfunctional sports team and the DCU is like a pantheon of gods.

        I love both, but I don’t want Marvel to adopt the grim and serious approach, and I don’t DC heroes winking at the camera and slinging out quips and one-liners. They’re different universes and different worlds. Allow them to be different.

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