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Old 06-07-2012, 12:51 PM  
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Justice League hopes to follow the Avengers success

‘Justice League’ movie hopes to finally bring Batman and together on screen

If teaming up worked for Iron Man, Thor and The Hulk, it has to work for Batman, , 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.
[Related: Christian Bale gets emotional remembering Heath Ledger]

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 , 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 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. ," 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 , 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 MillarWorld.tv 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.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:49 PM   #16
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The timing works for Batman, too. They can kick off a new franchise around a new bruce wayne now, rather than having a Nolan bat and a Justice League bat the way it was going to be if their first run at this hadn't been killed by the writers strike.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:50 PM   #17
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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.
Yeah. It was ****ing horrible. I rented it from RedBox and lamented the loss of my dollar.


*upon edit: Yeah. The new Batman movies were pretty good. Batman is one of the very few DC characters I enjoy.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:51 PM   #18
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I would say that they are naturally antagonistic. I could see taking on the same role as Captain America did in the Avengers, with Batman being a cross between Iron Man and Black Widow.
Agreed.

Well...I can see Iron Man. Romanoff though?
When has she ever been antagonistic to the team?
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:51 PM   #19
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Yeah. It was ****ing horrible. I rented it from RedBox and lamented the loss of my dollar.
As did I. I stayed away from it intentionally for the longest time, but I got one positive review and thought I should give it a chance.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:53 PM   #20
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As did I. I stayed away from it intentionally for the longest time, but I got one positive review and thought I should give it a chance.
I saw it in the RedBox menu and figured I would give it a go.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:55 PM   #21
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LOL. Sounds awful. But I thought Avengers would flop.

The real problem is . He can handle shit by himself. I mean really. What can Flash do that can't?
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LOL. Sounds awful. But I thought Avengers would flop.

The real problem is . He can handle shit by himself. I mean really. What can Flash do that can't?
That's what makes the character so weak. Even when someone finally manages to kill him he's just brought back to life.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:57 PM   #23
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LOL. Sounds awful. But I thought Avengers would flop.
I didn't think it would flop, but I was disappointed in the post-credits trailer I saw. I've never been so wrong about a film in my life.
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Shit, even Spiderman is a better superhero than .
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Well, is a pretty weak character. Every time something is added to the franchise it seems forced, and fake, to me.
This is a reason I have never really seen any movies. They just never looked interested. That and Clark's "disguise."
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is really difficult to do

ultimate power+no personality=boring

That's why they always throw in the hidden identity stuff to try and make it work.

In a justice league movie, it won't have that.
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It's about damn time they brought Aquaman to the big screen.
...with a cameo by the Wonder Twins of course. Oh for ****'s sake, can you imagine the horrible Jar Jar Binks-ness of the monkey? I should tell you though that I convinced my wife to tap knuckles and bring our wedding bands together while saying "Wonder Twins activate!" at the end of our wedding ceremony.
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