The DC Movie Reboot Time Warner Stock Needs

Nothing matters so much to entertainment companies as franchises. DC Entertainment lost its first chance at creating a new one when Green Lantern bombed at the box office two years ago. It's time to try again, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Why should investors care? Billions are at stake. Green Lantern is an important brand in the DC universe, and DC is as important a source of franchise material for Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) as Marvel is for Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) .

Look at Man of Steel, Tim says, a ridiculously profitable film that's earned close to $650 million at the worldwide box office. Time Warner stock is up nearly 8% since its June 14 release.

Man of Steel 2, due in 2015, will feature Superman and Batman together, while the Flash will get his own TV show next year. Establishing Green Lantern's big-screen bonafides is a necessary step toward releasing an eventual Justice League film.

Would a Green Lantern reboot be a catalyst for Time Warner stock? Not in the short term, Tim says. After all, it took Marvel three movies -- and three excellent performances from Robert Downey Jr. -- to establish Iron Man as a legitimate, billion-dollar franchise. Green Lantern may never reach that level. But that doesn't make the need to establish the character any less urgent or vital.

Just look at the box-office totals. Super-powered movies have been some of the highest-grossing films of all time, and as these franchises continue to grow, the numbers are only going to get more impressive. The Motley Fool's new free report "Your Ticket to Cash In on the Superhero Battle of the Century" details what you need to know to profit from your favorite superheroes. Click here to read the full report, and then be sure to leave a comment to let us know how you'd handle a Green Lantern reboot.


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  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2013, at 12:57 PM, geekmediastudio wrote:

    I say DC live action movies should be unexpected blow us away with charecters like Dr. Fate, Spectre, Firestorm, Demon or Zartana will be a hit since many females dress like her in conventions.

    But you get the picture.

    As for movie wise DC/WB should look at the comic materials of saga that change the DC Universe and just do a live action movies on them instead of doing solo hero projects until after the bigger saga movies. Like Blackest Night Saga.

  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2013, at 1:48 PM, cyrano0521 wrote:

    #1 NO MORE REBOOTS; don't like the prior cast? just recast them, stop retelling prior stories.

    #2 ORIGINAL MOVIES PLEASE. go ahead, steal stories from the comics, but do not repeat things.

    #3 STAY TRUE TO THE COMICS. these characters have been around for 50+ years and in some cases 70+ years, they have established will/won't do things (SUPERMAN DOES NOT KILL!), they have established histories..follow along or GET OFF THE BUS.

    i could keep going, but no one likes a whiner

  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2013, at 1:53 PM, Sakuji wrote:

    The problem with green lantern is, he sucks. Everyone I knew had Batman and Xmen comics as a kid. NO ONE had green lantern!

    Where's Wonder Woman, or Cyborg, or even a Batgirl spinoff.

    Green lantern.. yeesh!

  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2013, at 4:01 PM, xnamora wrote:

    I liked Green Lantern but, it could have been ten minutes longer. Ten minutes of earth-bound. hero -saves maybe. Make our hero more known on his home planet.

    The special FX were outstanding. Needed more "save time.'' The problem was the movie went over board in the spending department getting the "look" right. Now they have that figured out and needn't do it again.A second movie will have the money to spend on that ten extra minutes.

    Keep Ryan. He is funny and looks like Hal.

  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2013, at 4:06 PM, xnamora wrote:

    One more point like others are saying:NO MORE REBOOTS!!!!! No more origin retellings!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On August 18, 2013, at 6:16 PM, rvdan47at wrote:

    Yeah, Green Lantern needs another shot at the Box office...I agree that it shouldn't be re-booted, just recast. I like Ryan Reynolds but he was so wrong for Hal Jordan...he would have been a much better Flash (Wally West version). The suit did look great in the GL film, but there really wasn't much evolution with the character from beginning to end of the film, and not enough training with Kilowog to make me believe he'd wind up saving the world and become the greatest Green Lantern ever. Anyway, just a few nitpicks that I had with the film. I've suggested this before and I will again, right now...how about Chris Pine playing Hal Jordan? That's all for now.

  • Report this Comment On August 19, 2013, at 2:19 AM, humantorch72 wrote:

    I think the problem with the movie is the actor. He is a comedian and I think you need someone that looks more like the hero type. Plus the script sucked too. I am 55 years old and I read the comic books and watched the cartoons back in the 60's and 70's. The Green Lantern was serious and took his role as a hero with conviction. They did the same thing to the Green Hornet made the movie in to a B rated movie.

  • Report this Comment On August 19, 2013, at 8:56 AM, SuntanIronMan wrote:

    They don't need to reboot the character. It was a bad origin movie, but who cares? We got his boring origins out of the way. Cast somebody else and just make a good sequel.

  • Report this Comment On August 19, 2013, at 8:34 PM, SuntanIronMan wrote:

    @humantorch72

    Comedian? Did you just mistake Ryan Reynold for Dane Cook? That's what I'm guessing you just did, since people make that mistake all the time. They do look like they were separated at birth or something.

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