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whoman69 06-07-2012 12:51 PM

Justice League hopes to follow the Avengers success
‘Justice League’ movie hopes to finally bring Batman and Superman together on screen

If teaming up worked for Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk, it has to work for Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, right?

Warner Bros. Pictures seems to think so, as Variety reported yesterday that the studio has hired a new writer to bring DC Comics' "Justice League" to the big screen. Just as "The Avengers" assembled the biggest heroes from Marvel Comics, "Justice League" would see DC's iconic characters joining forces to save the world. (DC Comics is a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.) The fact that "The Avengers" is now the third highest-grossing film of all time with $1.3 billion worldwide seems to have reignited the fire to get the other legendary superhero team up on movie screens.
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Variety's report states that Will Beall, who wrote the upcoming "Gangster Squad" (starring Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin) for Warner Bros., has been hired to take on the screenplay. Beall previously wrote for TV's "Castle," but he has also been announced as the writer for new movie versions of "Logan's Run" and "Lethal Weapon 5."

While interest in a "Justice League" movie has certainly been rekindled by the record-breaking success of "The Avengers," the project has been in the works for several years. Director George Miller ("Mad Max," "Happy Feet") was hired for the film in the fall of 2007, with production scheduled to begin the next year for a planned 2009 release.

The original plan was to have a completely fresh cast of actors take on the comic book roles, separate from any existing franchise. Unlike "The Avengers," where the original stars returned, this would have a different cast (so no Christian Bale as Batman). At the time, Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") was attached to play Batman, with D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as the Flash, and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman.

The Writer's Guild strike in late 2007 put a halt to the project, however. The production went into an indefinite hiatus, with George Miller moving on to a new "Mad Max" reboot, which is scheduled to start filming soon. In the intervening years, Warner Bros. released the disappointing "Green Lantern," with "The Dark Knight Rises" coming this summer and the new Superman film "The Man of Steel" slated for next June.

That wasn't the first time Warner Bros. tried and failed to get DC's heaviest hitters together in one movie. In the early 2000s, the studio developed "Batman Vs. Superman," which would have pitted the two heroes against each other (though in the end they would team up to take on Lex Luthor). Josh Hartnett was rumored for Superman, with Colin Farrell considered for Batman. But that was eventually shelved in favor of Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins."

Currently, there isn't a director, cast or release date for "Justice League," but summer of 2014 seems like it would be the earliest we could expect to see it. There are also a host of individual DC superhero movies in development, including the Flash, Wonder Woman, and Lobo.

It's also unclear if Warner Bros. still plans to keep the "Justice League" as a separate continuity from the standalone movies, or integrate them the way Marvel built up to "The Avengers." When Joss Whedon, the director of "The Avengers" was asked if he had any advice for the people making "Justice League," he jokingly answered, "Call me." He followed it by saying that it's harder to bring DC characters to the screen than Marvel since they are "from an old, bygone era" where heroes were less flawed and grounded. And Whedon would know, since he tried to bring "Wonder Woman" to the screen in another project that stalled out several years ago.

UPDATE: Mark Millar, the writer who created the comic books the inspired the movies "Wanted" and "Kick-Ass," posted on his official website that someone he knows is friends with screenwriter Will Beall and got a peek at the unfinished "Justice League" script. Millar reported that the new take on the movie is "Very real-world and not at all what you might expect." He said Beall began working on the script before "The Avengers" hit theaters, and that the "tidbits I heard sound quite dark and mature, which isn't what I expected."

Sounds like a pretty lightweight cast they had planned. That isn't going to get anybody excited. The Wonder Woman they had planned has an acting resume of three forgettable minor movies in nine years.

Micjones 06-07-2012 12:53 PM

DC's got their work cut out for them.

Fish 06-07-2012 12:57 PM

Fart sound.

Justice League sucks.

The Pest 06-07-2012 12:59 PM

They're totally going to **** this up.

whoman69 06-07-2012 01:13 PM

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DMAC 06-07-2012 01:16 PM

HAHAHA go for it.

Who cares anymore.

Deberg_1990 06-07-2012 01:25 PM

Warners really blew their wad with that abortion of a Green Lantern flick. A lot of this is riding on how successful the Superman Reboot will be next year. I think the trailer for that will be attached to Dark Knight Rises.

Brock 06-07-2012 01:27 PM

Stupid idea.

Munson 06-07-2012 01:33 PM

It'll probably suck compared to the Avengers, but I'll see it anyway. I'm a sucker for all these comic book movies.

JD10367 06-07-2012 01:35 PM

Wonder Twin powers, activate!

keg in kc 06-07-2012 01:38 PM

It'll be a minor miracle if it's half as good as any of the justice league cartoons.

JD10367 06-07-2012 01:43 PM

I'm not really sure what the point of the film will be. If it's going to be gritty, dark, and realistic, it's just going to echo "Avengers". I mean, honestly, what was the point of the Justice League in both comics and cartoons? It was simply a way to get all the characters on the same page. "Oh wow, look! We get to see Wonder Woman AND The Flash AND Superman AND Batman!" Big whoop. There's no historical interaction between them that would interest us. Tony Stark has an attitude, so putting him in with the other Avengers naturally set up tension and humor. Did Batman and Superman have an antagonistic relationship? (Aside from the one Frank Miller created in "The Dark Knight Returns"?)

I guess a lot will ride on this "Man Of Steel" reboot--how it's accepted, which direction it goes in, and how Cavill does in the lead. If it's done well, a "Justice League" film might continue on track.

listopencil 06-07-2012 01:47 PM


Originally Posted by Micjones (Post 8665503)
DC's got their work cut out for them.

Well, Superman is a pretty weak character. Every time something is added to the franchise it seems forced, and fake, to me.

Micjones 06-07-2012 01:48 PM


Originally Posted by listopencil (Post 8665631)
Well, Superman is a pretty weak character. Every time something is added to the franchise it seems forced, and fake, to me.

The last DC film I saw, "Green Lantern", was trash.

I need to get caught up on the first two films of the Batman series though.
"Dark Knight Rises" looks amazing.

listopencil 06-07-2012 01:49 PM


Originally Posted by JD10367 (Post 8665625)
Did Batman and Superman have an antagonistic relationship? (Aside from the one Frank Miller created in "The Dark Knight Returns"?)

I would say that they are naturally antagonistic. I could see Superman taking on the same role as Captain America did in the Avengers, with Batman being a cross between Iron Man and Black Widow.

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