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Batman joins League?

Mar. 22, 2007by: Omar Aviles

Batman Begins Like Superman, Batman's fate in Warner Bros. upcoming Justice League film is yet to be decided with most saying The Dark Knight wouldn't be administering his particular brand of tortured, brooding justice as BATMAN BEGINS has resurrected the character in a spectacular and, most importantly, financially lucrative way. However, the boys over at the IESB have learned from an inside source that The Caped Crusader will most certainly be making an appearance in the film. In fact, the source's exact words were: "I can tell you one thing: BATMAN is 100 percent going to be in the JLA movie they're developing at Warner Brothers." They then point out that Bale does have a clause in his three-picture contract stipulating he'd be required to star in an ensemble film should one materialize. Like any great superhero story, this saga is sure to experience twists, turns, exceptionally big-bosomed women in skin tight outfits and radioactive material of some kind and we'll be sure to bring you every single minute of it.

Extra Tidbit: The original JLA line-up was comprised of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter.
Source: IESB

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1:14PM on 03/27/2007
Only... only... if Bruce calls Clark an idiot. One of my favorite lines from a comic is a team-up between Batman and Spawn.

Batman: "If there's any indication... I think you're dumber than Clark."

Spawn: "Who's Clark?"
Only... only... if Bruce calls Clark an idiot. One of my favorite lines from a comic is a team-up between Batman and Spawn.

Batman: "If there's any indication... I think you're dumber than Clark."

Spawn: "Who's Clark?"
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12:46AM on 03/25/2007

CGI Could Be Great

I really like the CGI idea that some have suggested. Get Bale and Routh to do the voices, while still keeping their respective series independent and set the JL events in some future timeframe. The CGI thing would also allow WB to have simultaneous production, releasing DK next summer, a Superman film the next year, the JL movie year after and so on

CG based on the Alex Ross designs could be amazing

If it's not CG, I'd rather not see Batman in it, or at least not much (i.e., have the
I really like the CGI idea that some have suggested. Get Bale and Routh to do the voices, while still keeping their respective series independent and set the JL events in some future timeframe. The CGI thing would also allow WB to have simultaneous production, releasing DK next summer, a Superman film the next year, the JL movie year after and so on

CG based on the Alex Ross designs could be amazing

If it's not CG, I'd rather not see Batman in it, or at least not much (i.e., have the characters overlook the one without superhuman powers, only to have him save their asses in the end.)

I must point something out. Brechtsky said that Batman Begins barely made back its budget it made 221 million OVER its cost
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10:30AM on 03/23/2007
Im ok with them leaving out Batman so not to taint the Begins franchise. But of course Id rather see him in it. The idea of doing it in CGI is interesting. I said in an earlier post on another article that they could do it completely CGI with Alex Ross designs. That way you are getting realistic, iconic versions of the characters and wont interfere with what Bale and Nolan are doing.
Im ok with them leaving out Batman so not to taint the Begins franchise. But of course Id rather see him in it. The idea of doing it in CGI is interesting. I said in an earlier post on another article that they could do it completely CGI with Alex Ross designs. That way you are getting realistic, iconic versions of the characters and wont interfere with what Bale and Nolan are doing.
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8:18AM on 03/23/2007

Not that many

The only actors you'd have to dole out serious cash to would be Bale and Routh most likely, and Routh is still fairly young and new, not an established star. A JLA movie would only cost a fortune if they treated it like the Superman Returns idea, where they went through a series of writers, actors and directors and took forever to come up with the flick. It would also be an idea because you could introduce your new actors as the heroes (Flash, Wonder Woman, etc.) in the JLA flick 1st... if it
The only actors you'd have to dole out serious cash to would be Bale and Routh most likely, and Routh is still fairly young and new, not an established star. A JLA movie would only cost a fortune if they treated it like the Superman Returns idea, where they went through a series of writers, actors and directors and took forever to come up with the flick. It would also be an idea because you could introduce your new actors as the heroes (Flash, Wonder Woman, etc.) in the JLA flick 1st... if it were to be written and greenlighted in a timely fashion.

I can't see an ensemble movie really damaging either franchise enough to put it beyond repair. If the Superman franchise can survive Superman 4, and Batman can survive the Batman & Robin, and casting 4 actors as Batman over a 5 picture stretch... they can survive a single Justice League flick.
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6:52AM on 03/23/2007

Not that many

The only actors you'd have to dole out serious cash to would be Bale and Routh most likely, and Routh is still fairly young and new, not an established star. A JLA movie would only cost a fortune if they treated it like the Superman Returns idea, where they went through a series of writers, actors and directors and took forever to come up with the flick. It would also be an idea because you could introduce your new actors as the heroes (Flash, Wonder Woman, etc.) in the JLA flick 1st... if it
The only actors you'd have to dole out serious cash to would be Bale and Routh most likely, and Routh is still fairly young and new, not an established star. A JLA movie would only cost a fortune if they treated it like the Superman Returns idea, where they went through a series of writers, actors and directors and took forever to come up with the flick. It would also be an idea because you could introduce your new actors as the heroes (Flash, Wonder Woman, etc.) in the JLA flick 1st... if it were to be written and greenlighted in a timely fashion.

I can't see an ensemble movie really damaging either franchise enough to put it beyond repair. If the Superman franchise can survive Superman 4, and Batman can survive the Batman & Robin, and casting 4 actors as Batman over a 5 picture stretch... they can survive a single Justice League flick.
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5:55AM on 03/23/2007

CGI Justice league

I think if they're going to do this, the budget would be too high, too many actors to pay, all for a movie that wouldn't be that good.

If they really want to make it a good movie and affordable, they should try something similiar to what TMNT did with their CGI. If they created a solid looking CGI movie with a descent script, then they could probably do good with this. But with live actors, especially Bale as Batman (which would only hurt the new series) the movie isn't going to do so
I think if they're going to do this, the budget would be too high, too many actors to pay, all for a movie that wouldn't be that good.

If they really want to make it a good movie and affordable, they should try something similiar to what TMNT did with their CGI. If they created a solid looking CGI movie with a descent script, then they could probably do good with this. But with live actors, especially Bale as Batman (which would only hurt the new series) the movie isn't going to do so well.
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3:57AM on 03/23/2007

anyone consider....

... that warners might be right--Using Bale is a good idea, and this might be good for supes and batman?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not exactly in favor of any of this news, but it has got me thinking....

I mean, neither film was a financial grand slam (batman begins barely made back its budget domestically), and with dark knights fate still unknown, developing an idea to infuse more vitality into both series' would be smart, in case either or both dams break, so to speak.

If dark knight
... that warners might be right--Using Bale is a good idea, and this might be good for supes and batman?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not exactly in favor of any of this news, but it has got me thinking....

I mean, neither film was a financial grand slam (batman begins barely made back its budget domestically), and with dark knights fate still unknown, developing an idea to infuse more vitality into both series' would be smart, in case either or both dams break, so to speak.

If dark knight and/or the next superman perform similarly, this JL movie could help save their own respective franchises. And I like both enough to hope that happens. I mean at very least we would get one extra movie featuring these incarnations of bats and supes, and who knows how long they'd wait before restarting again-- superman was nearly 30 years. You have to give them credit in some sense, at very least there's a solid, fun backup plan, and a second chance for success. If all goes poor, and then well for JL, we could get like four more movies featuring those two, instead of one.

And to be frank, if Batman's gonna be in it, I think I'd rather have it be the current incarnation, rather than a brand new one or a second actor wearing the cape and cowl... comparisons are inevitable, and one always has to lose... So either your new property has a weak link that is invaluable, or you ruin your pre-existing franchise. The best plan is to use the actor you've already got, and especially when he's as great an actor as Bale.

PS I'm operating under the assumption singer's recent denial was truthful and another supes will happen before anything JL-related moves forward.
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3:08AM on 03/23/2007

Don't worry...

The movie in general is a terrible idea and getting Batman and Superman involved is only going to ruin two other franchises at the same time... (though some could argue Superman's kind of lying low after Returns...). But I wouldn't worry too much about Bale's involvement. He's got a three picture deal signed with the franchise, not with the character. Starting a new franchise would be a completely different pile of paperwork and frankly I can't see Bale even considering it.
The movie in general is a terrible idea and getting Batman and Superman involved is only going to ruin two other franchises at the same time... (though some could argue Superman's kind of lying low after Returns...). But I wouldn't worry too much about Bale's involvement. He's got a three picture deal signed with the franchise, not with the character. Starting a new franchise would be a completely different pile of paperwork and frankly I can't see Bale even considering it.
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12:09AM on 03/23/2007

Leaving Batman

Out is about as dumb as having Jean kill Cyclops in X3 which would have NEVER EVER happened, it has been tried but something ALWAYS stops the phoenix from actually doing it... this would be dumb to leave Bats out, so all those ppl sayin he shouldnt be in go talke a long walk of a short bridge cuz you have no clue wut ur yappin bout.
Out is about as dumb as having Jean kill Cyclops in X3 which would have NEVER EVER happened, it has been tried but something ALWAYS stops the phoenix from actually doing it... this would be dumb to leave Bats out, so all those ppl sayin he shouldnt be in go talke a long walk of a short bridge cuz you have no clue wut ur yappin bout.
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11:27PM on 03/22/2007

He needs to be in

Batman is an essential part of the Justice League... it would be like trying to make an X-Men movie without Wolverine, in that both characters bring a darker attitude to things and have more personal demons than the rest of their respective groups. Sure, it probably won't stick entirely to the theme and mood of the rejuvenated series, but it can be appreciated as a seperate entity. It isn't like they are scrapping Nolan's project so they can make the JLA movie. For all we know, they could
Batman is an essential part of the Justice League... it would be like trying to make an X-Men movie without Wolverine, in that both characters bring a darker attitude to things and have more personal demons than the rest of their respective groups. Sure, it probably won't stick entirely to the theme and mood of the rejuvenated series, but it can be appreciated as a seperate entity. It isn't like they are scrapping Nolan's project so they can make the JLA movie. For all we know, they could film the 3rd one (the last of his contract) and to finish the contract off, have him immediately jump into the JLA flick. Nothing even says that he's got to exist throughout the flick, he could come in for one battle sequence, have a brief bit of dialogue and go back to his loner ways.
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10:30PM on 03/22/2007

The JLA needs certain people.

I've got to point out to the people begging to have Batman left out. It can not be a JLA movie without Supes, the Bat, or WW. These characters have been the only constant in the series. Even if they did the Tower of Babel story line (which would make a great film) you would need all three. You could get away with using 2/3 characters, but the if you lose more than that you might as well make a JSA or Teen Titan movie and forget about the JLA all together. I would also argue that Martian
I've got to point out to the people begging to have Batman left out. It can not be a JLA movie without Supes, the Bat, or WW. These characters have been the only constant in the series. Even if they did the Tower of Babel story line (which would make a great film) you would need all three. You could get away with using 2/3 characters, but the if you lose more than that you might as well make a JSA or Teen Titan movie and forget about the JLA all together. I would also argue that Martian Manhunter needs to be there also, but that is a mute point since not a lot of people outside the fanboy universe knows who he is.
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10:03PM on 03/22/2007
Seriously, leave Batman, Nolan, and Bale the hell out of this before it destroys the integrity of the new series.
I can't imagine Nolan nor Bale being happy about this.
Seriously, leave Batman, Nolan, and Bale the hell out of this before it destroys the integrity of the new series.
I can't imagine Nolan nor Bale being happy about this.
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9:51PM on 03/22/2007

Hell yeah!

I wouldnt even watch a Justice League movie without Batman involved.
I wouldnt even watch a Justice League movie without Batman involved.
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9:44PM on 03/22/2007
Seriously, leave Batman, Nolan, and Bale the hell out of this before it destroys the integrity of the new series.
I can't imagine Nolan nor Bale being happy about this.
Seriously, leave Batman, Nolan, and Bale the hell out of this before it destroys the integrity of the new series.
I can't imagine Nolan nor Bale being happy about this.
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8:59PM on 03/22/2007
Oh, for fuck's sake... Leave the bat out of this. He's as good as he is in Nolan's direction. Hasn't Warner Bros. learned anything at all from the success of Batman Begins?
Oh, for fuck's sake... Leave the bat out of this. He's as good as he is in Nolan's direction. Hasn't Warner Bros. learned anything at all from the success of Batman Begins?
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8:55PM on 03/22/2007
If this project actually becomes a reality, I will be a born-again Christian.
If this project actually becomes a reality, I will be a born-again Christian.
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