JJ Abrams may be developing several DC projects, but he doesn’t think he’s going to direct anything set within that superhero world. Abrams rose to fame through television, creating and writing for shows like Happiness, Alias, Y Lost. Over the years, it transitioned further into film and became something of a mainstay within the world of genre franchises. Helped restart both Star trek Y Star Wars for the big screen; his most recent directing endeavor was the heated debate of 2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Since then, Abrams has started building an impressive development roster through his Bad Robot production company, which includes multiple DC-based projects. This includes a Dark justice league series for HBO Max and a Superman reboot, which would focus on a Black Kal-El. As for the latter, the Superman movie is left without a director, but it is already clear that it will not be Abrams. Warner Bros. is committed to finding a black director for the project, though it also appears that Abrams doesn’t have much of an interest in directing films focused on established intellectual property at the moment.
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Abrams recently spoke with Collider about his Apple TV + series Lisey’s story (an adaptation of Stephen King that he produced). During the conversation, he mentioned if he would ever get behind the camera for any of the DC projects he’s currently working on. Abrams confessed that, at this point, he would rather direct an original project:
“I know Hollywood is a place where it used to be that people were inspired by something they saw or an old movie or a show or something and thought, ‘Oh, here’s my answer to that. Here is a version of that. It has become a place where, most of the time, you see something and people get inspired and say, ‘Let’s redo exactly that.’ I feel that as someone who started writing on television and telling original stories in film and on television, it is something that I really miss. The few things that I’m working on right now, as a writer, are original ideas. I feel like, as a director, I would really love for my next projects to be things that didn’t necessarily pre-exist for me. “
In another part of the interview, Abrams said that working with the desired IP is “double edged sword. “Over the years, Abrams has made his mark on franchises such as the aforementioned sci-fi giants and Mission Impossible. It has been some time since you took on a totally original project as a director; the last (and only) was in 2011, with Super 8. After spending so much time herding these giant franchises, it makes sense that Abrams would like to step back and focus on something that he developed himself. As you probably saw with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, established intellectual property can come with intense reactions from fans who have predetermined ideas of what should happen. Abrams has more creative freedom with original parts.
This is not to say that you will never return to the franchise sphere, of course. Abrams still has all those DC projects in the pipeline, and while he obviously won’t direct them, he will be involved in whatever happens. In fact, it will be interesting to see how DC’s projects turn out like franchise installments that Abrams helped develop, but did not direct himself. This has already been seen through the other properties Abrams has worked with, but DC it is new territory for him. Who knows what the future holds?
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- The Suicide Squad (2021)Release Date: Aug 06, 2021
- The Batman (2022)Release date: March 04, 2022
- DC Super Pets (2022)Release Date: May 20, 2022
- Black Adam (2022)Release date: July 29, 2022
- The Flash (2022)Release Date: Nov 04, 2022
- Aquaman 2 (2022)Release Date: Dec 16, 2022
- Shazam 2 (2023)Release Date: Jun 02, 2023
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