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Old 06-07-2012, 01:51 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 11-28-2012, 01:25 AM   #196
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:48 AM   #197
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HitFix is reporting that according to their sources, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will "absolutely" be returning as Batman in "Justice League" (sorry Armie Hammer). Furthermore, they hear rumblings that Gordon-Levitt -- and possibly one other actor from the Nolan-verse -- will suit up earlier, and they basically suggest that he could pop his head into "Man Of Steel" in some sort of Marvel-esque world-building scheme. On the one hand, we're sure Warner Bros. would love to find a way to build off of Nolan's wildly successful trilogy, which for now has been viewed as being completely self-contained. However, this whole plan sounds like the exact antithesis of Nolan's approach, who has more or less sought to have his Batman pictures stand independently from anything else.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:09 AM   #198
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Theres also rumours that JGL might appear in the new "Man of Steel" next summer or that film might tie into the Justice League series somehow.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:27 PM   #200
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:31 PM   #201
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:32 PM   #202
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Avengers was over rated.
I agree.

I've watched it twice now and think it's complete and utter crap. The direction is awful, the dialogue clunky and the story hokey. Mark Ruffalo was by far the best actor and the others were wooden as ****.

I just don't get how it received so much praise.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:45 PM   #203
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I agree.

I've watched it twice now and think it's complete and utter crap. The direction is awful, the dialogue clunky and the story hokey. Mark Ruffalo was by far the best actor and the others were wooden as ****.

I just don't get how it received so much praise.
It's just the typical over hype with people, I don't care for superhero films anymore because 95 percent of them are corny and never done right. This film was a snooze fest and Justice League will only be worse.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:46 PM   #204
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Amazing Spiderman sucked too, they just keep delaying on putting Carnage and Venom in the same film, not realizing how much money they make if they did.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:30 PM   #205
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I completely disagree with you about how great Avengers was, but I completely agree with you in that Amazing Spider-Man was atrocious, so I suppose we're about equal.
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Avengers was better then amazing spiderman but when did spiderman become some skateboarding hipster? They completely killed the character and story and the lizard was just a horrible villain, people want to see Carnage for ****s sake.
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I agree.

I've watched it twice now and think it's complete and utter crap. The direction is awful, the dialogue clunky and the story hokey. Mark Ruffalo was by far the best actor and the others were wooden as ****.

I just don't get how it received so much praise.
Because it is an actual comic book movie.. It is the closest thing to reading the comic books.. That is why so many loved. it..
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Because it is an actual comic book movie.. It is the closest thing to reading the comic books.. That is why so many loved. it..
But it was an awful movie.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:59 PM   #209
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Avengers was better then amazing spiderman but when did spiderman become some skateboarding hipster? They completely killed the character and story and the lizard was just a horrible villain, people want to see Carnage for ****s sake.
Maybe people below 30, who read comics during the dark days of the 90's, want to see Carnage. I would have been happy if they had done a good job on the Lizard, which they didn't.
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