Today at a Time Warner investors meeting, Warner Bros.' Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara outlined an aggressive content strategy for the Studio aimed at increasing profits while "doubling down on outstanding content, working with the best talent and maintaining the culture that makes Warner Bros. so great."
In a massive expansion of the Studio's DC Entertainment-branded content, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema will release a slate of at least 10 movies, as well as stand-alone Batman and Superman films, from 2016 through 2020 that expands this prized universe of characters:
Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher (2020)
Green Lantern (2020)
Here's what Kevin Tsujihara had to say in a statement.
"At Warner Bros., we are united to not only continue to create the world's greatest entertainment content, but to over-deliver on our financial targets. I've been with the company for over 20 years and I can't remember a time when I've felt more confident about our future. We're committed to maintaining and enhancing the great legacy of Warner Bros., the world's most iconic and profitable studio."
As part of his presentation, Tsujihara announced a bold expansion of the industry's broadest theatrical slate, built around the largest, most important global franchises. Warner Bros. Pictures will release three LEGO-branded films over the next four years, building upon the enormous success of this year's The Lego Movie ($468 million worldwide box office), starting with Ninjago in 2016, directed by Charlie Bean and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Batman will take a star turn in The LEGO Batman Movie in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and the sequel, The Lego Movie 2, will debut in 2018.
The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling's original story and screenwriting debut, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.