HBO Max has ordered a three-part documentary series on fellow WarnerMedia property DC Comics, publisher of iconic superhero titles such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
The series will come from Oscar- and Emmy-nominated director, producer and showrunner Leslie Iwerks (Selling Lies, Disney+’s The Imagineering Story) and will be produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, DC, Berlanti Productions and Iwerks & Co.
The series will explore the almost century-long legacy of the influential comics publishing company, which took its name from what would eventually become one of its flagship comic book titles, the Batman-starring Detective Comics. The doc will look at the company’s universe of characters, as well as the origins of DC, its evolution and cultural impact beyond the comic page and across almost every artistic medium.
The as-yet-untitled documentary series is executive produced by Iwerks, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden, with co-executive-producers Mark Catalena, Rachael Jerahian, and Jonathan Gabay. The series will be co-directed by Iwerks and Catalena.
“DC has created some of the most meaningful, culturally significant comic book characters that have defined a generation and truly impacted people’s lives. We are thrilled to take fans behind-the-scenes and give them a never-before-seen look into the company and creators behind this iconic universe,” said Jennifer O’Connell, HBO Max’s executive vice president, non-fiction and live-action family, in a release.
“We hope to do these iconic heroes justice by joining forces with HBO Max as we dive deep into the DC Universe’s super powerful, rich history and create the definitive behind-the-scenes documentary,” said Mike Darnell, president of unscripted television for Warner Bros.
Added Iwerks: “The DC Universe is vast, rich and incredibly cool, and we’re looking forward to bringing the untold stories of the characters, artists and storytellers to life in a fresh new way.”
The move by HBO Max to tap into the DC universe echoes that of Disney+ and its sizeable range of Marvel-related content. Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for a reported US$4 billion, while DC Comics has been part of the Warner family of companies since the late 1960s.
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With files from Barry Walsh