Exclusive – Alan Horn, The President of Warner Bros, talks DARK KNIGHT, GREEN LANTERN, and More

     December 18, 2008

Written by Steve Weintraub and Matt Goldberg

We’ve been inundated with rumors lately about a sequel to “The Dark Knight” and while I hate gossip-mongering in a blatant attempt to score hits, I understand that it comes from a genuine place of wanting more of a great film. People loved “The Dark Knight” and the total dearth of information leaves a vacuum where someone put forth a ridiculous rumor like “Eddie Murphy might play the Riddler” or “Shia LeBeouf may be in it because hey why not.” So today instead of worthless rumors, we’d like to try something a little different. We’d like to offer you facts straight from the mouth of Alan Horn, the President of Warner Brothers.

Landing a brief interview with Horn on the red carpet for the premiere of “Yes Man”, we were able to get him about talking the Dark Knight, Superman, Green Lantern, and Justice League. No rumors, no innuendo–just facts directly from the man at the top.

Check out the interview. Or you can read the transcript below the video.

I ask when does he think we might hear rumblings of another “Dark Knight” movie… he says “We’ve been talking to Chris Nolan and what we have to do is get him in the right place and have him tell us what he thinks the notion might be for a great story, but Chris did a great job and we’d love to have him come back and do another one.”

I ask if he’s the type of filmmaker that they wouldn’t rush and that he wouldn’t have to meet a certain release date. Basically, the story is more important than a release date. He says, “Yes. The story is everything and we are very respectful of Chris. We have a wonderful relationship with him and we are going to be respectful of his timing and we want to get it right. Also, I think the fans expect that – they want us to make a terrific movie – we have to give them another great movie.”

I then ask when we might be seeing another Superman. “Probably in the next couple of years. We’re very anxious to bring Superman back also.”

I then say Green Lantern? “Also on the board. On the runway. Hasn’t taken off yet, but we’re close.”

I finally ask what he thinks the next Superhero property might be from Warner Bros. He says “I think Green Lantern is probably the best guess but I can’t promise it at this moment.”

And Justice League? “Not yet.”

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