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HBO Max Doc to Celebrate History & Legacy of DC


HBO Max has ordered a three-part documentary series that takes a look at the enduring and influential legacy of DC.

From Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated director, producer and showrunner Leslie Iwerks, the series will allow fans to rediscover the DC universe of characters, as well as the comic book company’s origins, evolution and nearly nine-decade cultural impact.

The doc is being produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, DC, Berlanti Productions and Iwerks & Co.

Jim Lee, publisher and chief creative officer at DC, said: “DC has a rich legacy of over 80 years of iconic storytelling: from the introduction of the genre-defining superhero Superman in 1938 to the amazing movies, TV shows, cartoons, games and comics which have been synonymous with superheroism for generations thereafter. We are so excited to dive into this history and bring fans along this amazing journey.”

Iwerks, executive producer and co-director, said: “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.”

Jennifer O’Connell, executive VP of nonfiction and live-action family at HBO Max, said: “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.”

Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, added: “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.”

Mark Catalena, co-executive producer and co-director, commented: “The geeks have inherited the Earth. By revealing the personal inspirations from those who have crafted this expansive universe, we hope viewers will understand why this modern mythology matters so much to people.”

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