Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is setting up shop on the East Coast with WB Games New York to provide additional backend support for their online games.
The new branch is focused on cloud-based backend technology, which will allow Warner Bros.’s teams to implement new online content. There’s a big benefit to this, as it’ll be able to quickly add features such as the Wonder Woman gear that went live in the DC comics-based fighting game Injustice 2 shortly after the Wonder Woman movie debuted in theaters.
“We understand the importance of expanding the connected communities of players, and with WB Games New York, we will have a strong foundation to grow our player connectivity with our digitally…
Corinne Olympios’ camp is not giving up on proving the reality show contestant’s claim against DeMario Jackson. The complainant’s lawyer has revealed that they will continue the investigation even though Warner Bros. has already scrapped the issue after finding no misconduct occurred during the filming of the series.
On Tuesday, Olympios’ lawyer Marty Singer issued a statement to Us Weekly saying that they will continue investigating the sexual assault claim on their own. Singer also cited that it was not just his client’s complaint that actually caused the production of the show to be suspended, but there had actually been multiple complaints on the set.
“It needs to be made crystal clear that production of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ was shut down because of multiple complaints received from BIP producers and crew members on the set,” Singer said in a statement. “It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred.”
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment launched the Injustice 2 Championship Series last month with a $600,000 prize pool. The series is comprised of several smaller tournaments, and Warner Bros. has now announced the finals: the Eleague Injustice 2 World Championship in partnership with esports tournament brand Eleague.
Injustice 2 is a fighting game from NetherRealm Studios and features popular characters like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman from the DC comic book world. It’s a sequel to the original Injustice: Gods Among Us, which was a huge hit. It topped the charts when it was released in April 2013. Even folks who aren’t DC fans can appreciate Injustice’s high production values and cutting-edge graphics.
For a brief shining moment, anxious executives at Warner Bros. were hopeful that director Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword would open to at least $25 million in North America and overperform overseas, where historical action epics can often conquer audiences.
It wasn’t to be. The dark origins tale about the mythical medieval king fell on its sword at the box office over Mother’s Day weekend, earning just $15.4 million domestically — slightly ahead of Sunday’s $14.7 million estimate — and a dismal $29.1 million from its first 51 foreign markets, including bombing in China with $5 million. While the event film has yet to land in other major territories, including the U.K., the forecast is grim.
King Arthur, starring Charlie Hunnam in the titular role, could lose as much as $150 million for partners Warners and Village Roadshow after costing $175 million to make before a major marketing spend, according to box-office experts who say the movie isn’t likely to earn more than $145 million globally (studios only get half back in box-office receipts in the U.S, and even less overseas). RatPac-Dune Entertainment — the film financing entity launched in 2013 by Steve Mnuchin, who is now U.S. Treasury Secretary, James Packer and filmmaker Brett Ratner — also has a stake in the movie.
A Warners disputed that the loss could climb to $150 million for the various partners.
“King Arthur is a paint-by-numbers Hollywood disaster — wrong director, wrong cast, wrong script, etc.,” says box-office analyst Jeff Bock. “The whole Game of Thrones-on-steroids direction the studio went with from the get-go just didn’t get anyone psyched to see this.”
King Arthur, helmed by Guy Ritchie and starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, is projected to debut in the $25 million range domestically after costing Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow $175 million to produce before a major marketing spend.
The story follows Arthur, who had a tough upbringing in the back…
The comedian will play a character named Noodles in the Warner Bros. remake.
Dave Chappelle has joined Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in Warner Bros.’ remake of A Star is Born.
Cooper is not only starring opposite Lady Gaga but making his directorial debut with the film.
The film is based on the 1937 film starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. The story centers on a movie star who helps an aspiring young actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. It was subsequently remade…
Earlier today, Warner Bros. Television confirmed rumors that they were developing a stand-alone streaming service to deliver DC-branded material, including new TV series like Titans and the return of Young Justice.
What else will be on the service? It’s hard to say; there are streaming deals already in place for most of DC’s TV hits from the past, inlcuding Smallville at Hulu and the current crop of CW series at Netflix. Could Batman ’66 or some of the CW Seed-headquartered retro picks like Constantine and The Flash find a new home at DC? That seems likely…but even so, as CBS All Access will tell you, in order to sell a monthly service to fans, you’ll need more than one or two new shows.
What other series should DC be exploring? Well, that’s where we come in! Picking from the corners of the DC Universe, we’ve got a lineup of original series that could thrill fans and build new brands for DC as they try to pry new dollars from fans’ tight grasps.
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Constantine is a weird one; it has seemed ever since it was cancelled that DC was as bummed as the fans that it happened, and when you consider there’s still an active, vocal fan movement to bring it back “as bummed as the fans” is pretty bummed.
Matt Ryan has returned as the character in an animated feature film (Justice League Dark) and a cameo on Arrow, as well as an upcoming animated series on CW Seed. So what would be the next natural step? Either adding him to Legends of Tomorrow or giving him his own solo series back.
The fan base wasn’t enough to keep Constantine alive on NBC, but it came very close to finding a home at The CW and was aggressively shopped around in a Supergirl-like attempt to keep it alive after one network failed to see what they had. Is it too late to bring it back? If they did, would it even be the same show?
It was so good that it’s worth finding out.
Something that could be a great police procedural-style show with a twist (think iZombie) is Manhunter.