Breaking news courtesy of the Black Folks Making Comics blog:
James Tucker is the new Supervising Producer of all DC Animated projects effective immediately as the previous Supervising Producer, Bruce Timm (one of the architects of the DC Animated Universe alongside Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, and later Dwayne McDuffie), is stepping down to work on other projects.
Not being much of a follower of the comic animations universe, I’m not qualified to speak on what exactly this means, if anything. Other than that a black man is now in what appears to be a somewhat powerful, decision-making position.
The folks at Black Folks Making Comics seem very excited about it, so I’m relying on their enthusiasm.
But maybe this quote from Tucker himself today, in response to what changes might come under his rule, tells us something:
“I’d love to use more of a variety of characters, but that’s something I don’t have control over […] Granted Dark Knight Returns was long overdue to be adapted and I’m glad they did it and did it superbly. But beyond that, I’m not really interested in replicating, image by image, word for word, something that was in a comic book, because you can’t replicate that experience or feeling […] For some fans who have been following the animated films, there is a growing frustration over the fact that the vast majority of the flicks center around Batman or Justice League, and then Superman, with many other characters not getting the same kind of opportunity to be featured. Of course there have been attempts, most notably with Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and even the collection of short films, DC Showcase, but the responding sale figures didn’t support the idea of such forays […] I can’t go into specifics… but I have a feeling when we announce our next slate of movies, people are going to be very excited because we will be using Batman, Superman and Justice League as a gateway to exposing other characters.”
I can’t say what plans the guy before him had for the DC animated universe of films, but it seems like Tucker really wants to move beyond the usual featured characters, and start introducing new ones, which is a good thing, isn’t it?
Those of you who are experts on this, feel free to enlighten the rest of us.
Read the full announcement of Tucker’s promotion HERE.