Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment have announced they will be producing a documentary entitled Necessary Evil: Villains of DC Comics to be narrated by classic bad guy Christopher Lee. From the press release:
In this new documentary film, the malevolent, sometimes charismatic figures from DC Comics’ hallowed rogues’ gallery will be explored in depth, featuring interviews with the famed creators, storytellers, and those who have crafted the personalities and profiles of many of the most notorious villains in comic book history.
Noted Geoff Johns, best-selling author and DCE’s Chief Creative Officer, “DC Comics is known for many things, but chief among them is the compelling, diverse and legendary society of super-villains who populate its universe. From the monstrous Solomon Grundy to the brutal Black Adam to the charismatic Sinestro, there is no single greater collection of villainy in all of fiction. These villains are hugely popular comic book characters in their own right and, quite honestly, many are often times more popular than some of our iconic super heroes.”
Jeff Baker, WBHE’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Theatrical Catalog, added “The DC brand is enjoying a huge resurgence thanks to the entire leadership team at DC Entertainment which is driving opportunities not only for new theatrical properties, but for brand extensions as well. This new documentary will reinforce this evolving strategy and leverage DC assets across the entire studio landscape.”
Johns also reiterated that this year’s initiative will be a turning point for DCE. “It’s time we deconstruct these complex and sinister antagonists and celebrate the role they play as the engine and energy of some of the greatest storytelling in comics. 2013 is the Year of the Villain at DC Comics.”
From my perspective, this fits in with what DC’s comics are already doing, but with more emphasis on bad guys, bad acts, and bad behavior. Plus, count the buzzwords in the studio quote! “Brand extensions” “evolving strategy” and “leverage” are the big three, but “leadership team” also indicates a focus on company over creators.
They’re announcing it now because they will be filming fans dressed as DC villains at WonderCon this weekend at the DC booth Saturday from 10:30 to noon. They’ll be doing something similar at the San Diego and New York comic cons. It has not yet been announced where this film will be available or when. This might make a nice bookend with Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, which came out in November 2010 both as a stand-alone disc and included as a box set extra.