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Cast This: Who should direct the Justice League?

Sep. 3, 2012by: Niki Stephens

JUSTICE LEAGUE, you are the bastard of superhero films, and haven't even been made yet. Are you finally going to get your chance to shine? Not if we don't find a director to take this monster of a project on.

There have been talks of a JUSTICE LEAGUE movie since 2007. In 2008, it seemed like it was really happening then was pulled. Later it came out that the intention was to have solo films that lead up to the final banding together of the JLA, much like what happened with THE AVENGERS. Well, since them there have been 2 Batman films and one for GREEN LANTERN. SUPERMAN RETURNS had released two years prior. George Miller (MAD MAX) held on up until about 2010 when the final nail was put in the coffin. With the more recent success of THE AVENGERS, Warner Bros. thought it was time to kick it into gear and get a film made. Yeah, we'll see...

I have no clue what to expect from this film. I want to root for it, but find it hard since DC (with the exception of Batman) hasn't really delivered good solo films on their end. There's also the fact that you have to get the cast into place, with Christian Bale out of the question, Batman has to start over. Will Beall (GANGSTER SQUAD) is still serving as screewriter. The goal here is to find a decent helmer for this thing. Recently, a shortlist was put together with these directors that were being sought out: The Wachowskis, Zack Snyder, Brett Ratner, Ruben Fleischer and McG. Ben Affleck was on that list, but decided to pass.

This mission, should you choose to take it, involves putting a director in the chair with the hopes that he/she can do some justice on JUSTICE LEAGUE.

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': EXPENDABLES 3

Your dream team (take your pick of who should play the villain): Michael Biehn, Kurt Russell, Chow Yun-Fat, Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson, Danny Trejo, Carl Weathers, Nic Cage, Vin Diesel, Jackie Chan, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Wesley Snipes

Your lady dream team: Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Michelle Rodriguez, Grace Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Pam Grier, Gina Carano, Angelina Jolie, Cynthia Rothrock and Ali Larter

You guys did not spare me when it came to your ideas for THE EXPENDABLES 3. I thought twelve would be a good rounded out cast. There were a couple of suggestions for who should be the bad guy in the third film. Most of you suggested that role go to Nicolas Cage. I will accept this as long as he punches a bear in the face. I was really happy with the cast you guys chose, especially Carl Weathers. Everyone that suggested him gets a manly hug handshake. As far as the females were concerened, there were no surprises there. I will vote Ripley/Connor 2012.

Extra Tidbit: Can I throw Brad Bird out there as a possibility?
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3:40AM on 09/03/2012
Alfonso Cuaron!
Extra Tidbit: Brad Bird is a Disney guy so that will never happen.
Alfonso Cuaron!
Extra Tidbit: Brad Bird is a Disney guy so that will never happen.
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1:36PM on 09/03/2012
OK, movie_man101. I was confused by that at first. Thank you.
OK, movie_man101. I was confused by that at first. Thank you.
10:58AM on 09/03/2012
No he means he's a Disney guy and Disney happens to own Marvel. Therefore, it would be unlikely for him to work on a DC tentpole movie.
No he means he's a Disney guy and Disney happens to own Marvel. Therefore, it would be unlikely for him to work on a DC tentpole movie.
4:52AM on 09/03/2012
Extra Tidbit: Brad Bird directed Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, so he knows how to do an action film. So yes, there's a chance that that could happen.......
Extra Tidbit: Brad Bird directed Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, so he knows how to do an action film. So yes, there's a chance that that could happen.......
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5:24AM on 09/03/2012
A bit out of left field, but how about giving David Nutter a go?
A bit out of left field, but how about giving David Nutter a go?
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1:32PM on 09/03/2012
Not a bad idea, though he hasn't directed a movie in such a long time, he's been doing primarily TV series, not sure how he'd handle the kind of pressure that comes with a movie like this.
Not a bad idea, though he hasn't directed a movie in such a long time, he's been doing primarily TV series, not sure how he'd handle the kind of pressure that comes with a movie like this.
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6:31AM on 09/03/2012
Joss Whedon. Oh wait, DC fucked it up by refusing to give his Wonder Woman movie the green light. Well, lets see how Snyders Superman is doing, maybe hes got a vision in which direction a cinematic DC universe can go.
Joss Whedon. Oh wait, DC fucked it up by refusing to give his Wonder Woman movie the green light. Well, lets see how Snyders Superman is doing, maybe hes got a vision in which direction a cinematic DC universe can go.
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6:54AM on 09/03/2012
this is like finding a needle in a haystack, im inclined to go with Paul Dini, Chipp KId, someone that used to work on the Batman Animated series ,Jla cartoon, Zack Snyder too maybe?Kevin Smith?
this is like finding a needle in a haystack, im inclined to go with Paul Dini, Chipp KId, someone that used to work on the Batman Animated series ,Jla cartoon, Zack Snyder too maybe?Kevin Smith?
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7:14AM on 09/03/2012
I know he's let us down with John Carter, but I actually think Andrew Stanton would do a terrific job with this material (as long as we're throwing Brad Bird into the mix, who would also be a good choice). Or Vince Gillian?
I know he's let us down with John Carter, but I actually think Andrew Stanton would do a terrific job with this material (as long as we're throwing Brad Bird into the mix, who would also be a good choice). Or Vince Gillian?
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4:37PM on 09/03/2012
Gillian is a damn good writer, but handling a huge project like this with limited feature film experience is a stretch.
Gillian is a damn good writer, but handling a huge project like this with limited feature film experience is a stretch.
8:16AM on 09/03/2012
Matthew Vaughn. He blew me away with his take on X-Men: First Class. I'm confident he can do the same with Justice League. However, Justice League suffers one problem - there are too many unknown characters aside from Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. That's one gigantic task to introduce other characters to the movie.
Matthew Vaughn. He blew me away with his take on X-Men: First Class. I'm confident he can do the same with Justice League. However, Justice League suffers one problem - there are too many unknown characters aside from Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. That's one gigantic task to introduce other characters to the movie.
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8:30AM on 09/03/2012
Alfonso Cuaron, he did such an amazing job on Harry Potter-quirky like Gilliams yet a lot more coherent, more magic little details and atmosphere than all the other films together. Not to mention Children of Men. The Wachowski's surely has a great handle on action and destruction. Brad Bird however, would be just about perfect in every way.
Alfonso Cuaron, he did such an amazing job on Harry Potter-quirky like Gilliams yet a lot more coherent, more magic little details and atmosphere than all the other films together. Not to mention Children of Men. The Wachowski's surely has a great handle on action and destruction. Brad Bird however, would be just about perfect in every way.
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8:50AM on 09/03/2012
Alfonso Cuaron, Duncan Jones, Ji-woon Kim or ... Steven Spielberg!
Alfonso Cuaron, Duncan Jones, Ji-woon Kim or ... Steven Spielberg!
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9:09AM on 09/03/2012
Peter Jackson he is not afraid to take on big franchise projects. Plus he tends to do it well. Case in point Lord of the rings king kong and now the hobbit. He combines top notch effects and great story telling I really think he could pull it off.
Peter Jackson he is not afraid to take on big franchise projects. Plus he tends to do it well. Case in point Lord of the rings king kong and now the hobbit. He combines top notch effects and great story telling I really think he could pull it off.
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9:50AM on 09/03/2012
Here is my list: Neill Blomkamp, James McTeigue and Kurt Wimmer.
Here is my list: Neill Blomkamp, James McTeigue and Kurt Wimmer.
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11:02AM on 09/03/2012
People who haven't been suggested yet: Andrew Dominik, John Hillcoat, Rian Johnson, Joe Cornish, Gore Verbinski, JJ Abrams
People who haven't been suggested yet: Andrew Dominik, John Hillcoat, Rian Johnson, Joe Cornish, Gore Verbinski, JJ Abrams
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11:11AM on 09/03/2012

Josh Trank

This suggestion may be pointless though, considering he's already working on a Marvel movie (Fantastic Four), but Josh Trank would be a good pick. My second choice would be Joe Carnahan. He made a great, fun action movie with The A Team and another great yet more emotional and intense flick with The Grey. I also think he feels he got burned by Marvel with Daredevil so the switch to DC would make sense.
This suggestion may be pointless though, considering he's already working on a Marvel movie (Fantastic Four), but Josh Trank would be a good pick. My second choice would be Joe Carnahan. He made a great, fun action movie with The A Team and another great yet more emotional and intense flick with The Grey. I also think he feels he got burned by Marvel with Daredevil so the switch to DC would make sense.
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11:23AM on 09/03/2012
Fox is the one that didn't go for his Hard-R, 1970s-set Daredevil, thus the rights would go back to Marvel/Disney.
Fox is the one that didn't go for his Hard-R, 1970s-set Daredevil, thus the rights would go back to Marvel/Disney.
11:36AM on 09/03/2012

Danny Boyle

Just can't think of anyone better suited to handle the wide array of characters and settings....from Gotham to Oa to Mars to Themyscira...and wrap it up in a cohesive, visually brilliant and cathartically epic package as Danny Boyle. He clearly relishes big projects, never shies away from new genres, and he's just also one of my favorite human beings on the planet. I'd love to see what he'd do with Flash, Manhunter, and Batman in particular.
Just can't think of anyone better suited to handle the wide array of characters and settings....from Gotham to Oa to Mars to Themyscira...and wrap it up in a cohesive, visually brilliant and cathartically epic package as Danny Boyle. He clearly relishes big projects, never shies away from new genres, and he's just also one of my favorite human beings on the planet. I'd love to see what he'd do with Flash, Manhunter, and Batman in particular.
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11:40AM on 09/03/2012

GUILLERMO DEL TORRO

nuf' said! He can balance character and spectacle, if this be made in to fruition, the avengers will become a power rangers movie in comparison
nuf' said! He can balance character and spectacle, if this be made in to fruition, the avengers will become a power rangers movie in comparison
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11:41AM on 09/03/2012

How about Oliver Stone?

I know a lot of you might be thinking, "Fuck Oliver Stone!". But, even though a couple of his recent films like "Wall Street Money Never Sleeps", "W.", and "World Trade Center" have not been his best work or the best movies, not to mention the fact he usually makes politically motivated films and has never directed a superhero movie. However when you really look at his style of filmmaking when he actually puts it to good use in films like "JFK", "NATURAL BORN KILLERS", "NIXON", "U-TURN", and
I know a lot of you might be thinking, "Fuck Oliver Stone!". But, even though a couple of his recent films like "Wall Street Money Never Sleeps", "W.", and "World Trade Center" have not been his best work or the best movies, not to mention the fact he usually makes politically motivated films and has never directed a superhero movie. However when you really look at his style of filmmaking when he actually puts it to good use in films like "JFK", "NATURAL BORN KILLERS", "NIXON", "U-TURN", and more recently in "SAVAGES", I think he would be perfect for the director's chair. He is one of the very few filmmakers out there working today that gets obsessed with the movie he's making, while he's making it. And that is what is needed for THE JUSTICE LEAGUE movie. Anyway, I know this will NEVER happen but, I can dream, can't I?
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12:28PM on 09/03/2012

Peter Jackson

Sure, he'll be busy for a few years on the Hobbit, but after that, he's the person I'd pick.

If not him, wait to see how Superman does and put Zack in charge.
Sure, he'll be busy for a few years on the Hobbit, but after that, he's the person I'd pick.

If not him, wait to see how Superman does and put Zack in charge.
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12:31PM on 09/03/2012
1) Guillermo Del Torro
2) Brad Bird
3) Steven Spielberg!!
1) Guillermo Del Torro
2) Brad Bird
3) Steven Spielberg!!
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12:55PM on 09/03/2012
How has noone said nicholas Winding Refn yet? this movie would be so sweet if he directed it. We would finally get Ryan Gosling as a superhero.
How has noone said nicholas Winding Refn yet? this movie would be so sweet if he directed it. We would finally get Ryan Gosling as a superhero.
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1:04PM on 09/03/2012
Thinking outside the box: Ridley Scott, Mel Gibson, Edward Zwick, or Robert Zemeckis. All have strong track records, and I think could handle the scope of the movie but also give us something unique. I'd also suggest James Cameron, but it seems like he doesn't have any interest in anything outside of Avatar.
Thinking outside the box: Ridley Scott, Mel Gibson, Edward Zwick, or Robert Zemeckis. All have strong track records, and I think could handle the scope of the movie but also give us something unique. I'd also suggest James Cameron, but it seems like he doesn't have any interest in anything outside of Avatar.
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1:30PM on 09/03/2012
For me, the choice has to be JJ Abrams. Every movie he's directed has been pretty good (or better) and most of the movies he's been a writer on have been pretty good too. If DC could get him to write and direct (though not likely), this JL franchise may actually be good.
For me, the choice has to be JJ Abrams. Every movie he's directed has been pretty good (or better) and most of the movies he's been a writer on have been pretty good too. If DC could get him to write and direct (though not likely), this JL franchise may actually be good.
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1:47PM on 09/03/2012
David Yates did a marvelous job on The last Harry Potter, Give him this and he'll do wonders.
David Yates did a marvelous job on The last Harry Potter, Give him this and he'll do wonders.
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1:58PM on 09/03/2012
Honestly, when they were talking about Ben Affleck doing it, I was feeling that it was a pretty good choice. Brad Bird would be pretty good, and I dont think the guy will limit himself career wise to only accepting disney franchises.
Honestly, when they were talking about Ben Affleck doing it, I was feeling that it was a pretty good choice. Brad Bird would be pretty good, and I dont think the guy will limit himself career wise to only accepting disney franchises.
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2:11PM on 09/03/2012

Who Cares

I'm not a DC hater or anything, but WB has handled their film properties horribly and now they are rushing this simply because they saw The Avengers succeed so well. The difference is that The Avengers was the culmination of years of planned out strategy. I don't think that any notable director is going to be confident enough in this project to take it on.
I'm not a DC hater or anything, but WB has handled their film properties horribly and now they are rushing this simply because they saw The Avengers succeed so well. The difference is that The Avengers was the culmination of years of planned out strategy. I don't think that any notable director is going to be confident enough in this project to take it on.
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2:51PM on 09/03/2012

BRAD BIRD!!!!!!!!

Brad Bird would be the perfect director for Justice League. The Incredibles is, in my opinion, the best Pixar film and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was a FANTASTIC action film. I have complete faith that he would make Justice League an AWESOME film.
Brad Bird would be the perfect director for Justice League. The Incredibles is, in my opinion, the best Pixar film and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was a FANTASTIC action film. I have complete faith that he would make Justice League an AWESOME film.
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3:37PM on 09/03/2012

Just A Quick Stab...

J. J. Abrams or Brad Bird.

I'll study some more on it, but those are the two picks I have.
J. J. Abrams or Brad Bird.

I'll study some more on it, but those are the two picks I have.
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4:27PM on 09/03/2012
I'd be good with Neill Blomkamp, Brad Bird, Gore Verbinski, Andrew Stanton, or maybe JJ Abrams.

People I do NOT want directing a JL movie: Spielberg, Del Toro, Boyle, Fincher, Cuaron.

People who should have a hand at writing the script: Paul Dini and Kevin Smith.
I'd be good with Neill Blomkamp, Brad Bird, Gore Verbinski, Andrew Stanton, or maybe JJ Abrams.

People I do NOT want directing a JL movie: Spielberg, Del Toro, Boyle, Fincher, Cuaron.

People who should have a hand at writing the script: Paul Dini and Kevin Smith.
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4:29PM on 09/03/2012
J.J Abrams is a great choice.
J.J Abrams is a great choice.
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4:30PM on 09/03/2012
I've got three options that are a little outside the box.
1. Wes Anderson
2. David Fincher
3. David O. Russell
I've got three options that are a little outside the box.
1. Wes Anderson
2. David Fincher
3. David O. Russell
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4:33PM on 09/03/2012
I would hire MEL GIBSON as director with him playing a small (but kick-ass) villainous role.

EPIC!
I would hire MEL GIBSON as director with him playing a small (but kick-ass) villainous role.

EPIC!
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4:37PM on 09/03/2012
I've got three options that are a little outside the box.
1. Wes Anderson
2. David Fincher
3. David O. Russell
I've got three options that are a little outside the box.
1. Wes Anderson
2. David Fincher
3. David O. Russell
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4:43PM on 09/03/2012

Katherine Bigelow

Or The Wachowski's.
Or The Wachowski's.
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5:01PM on 09/03/2012
Quentin tarantino,Brad bird,David.o.russell,JJ Abrams,Neil blomkamp,George clooney,David cronenberg(i guess that wont happen),Mel Gibson,Matthew vaughn,Edgar wright,wachowskis,Gore verbenski,Guillermo del toro
Quentin tarantino,Brad bird,David.o.russell,JJ Abrams,Neil blomkamp,George clooney,David cronenberg(i guess that wont happen),Mel Gibson,Matthew vaughn,Edgar wright,wachowskis,Gore verbenski,Guillermo del toro
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7:01PM on 09/03/2012

I'm in the latter

I really don't give a rattzass who they hire and it doesn't matter if I liked, saw, or cared about The Avengers either. DC just does not do it for me in realms of superheros past Batman, maybe...but alas it'll still be made, it'll still make its' share of dough and it will always be compared to the Avengers. That's just the way it will be...and bottom line is I would see it just out of curiosity myself...but as for who to direct, it doesn't matter what I think.

I really don't give a rattzass who they hire and it doesn't matter if I liked, saw, or cared about The Avengers either. DC just does not do it for me in realms of superheros past Batman, maybe...but alas it'll still be made, it'll still make its' share of dough and it will always be compared to the Avengers. That's just the way it will be...and bottom line is I would see it just out of curiosity myself...but as for who to direct, it doesn't matter what I think.

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7:17PM on 09/03/2012
I thought Ben Affleck would've been a great choice, but he apparently doesn't want to do it.
I like the Brad Bird suggestion. His direction of M:I GP was spectacular and I think he would do "justice" to the Justice League.
I thought Ben Affleck would've been a great choice, but he apparently doesn't want to do it.
I like the Brad Bird suggestion. His direction of M:I GP was spectacular and I think he would do "justice" to the Justice League.
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7:36PM on 09/03/2012
Warner Brothers already has the best man to run the DCU Live Action division. The guy who made the animated versions peak quality for the past 20 years, Paul Dini. If he can't direct it, make the guy a supervising producer, and hire talented directors under a cohesive film continuity. i have no absolutely no objections to Brad Bird,a Whedon level choice IMO.
Warner Brothers already has the best man to run the DCU Live Action division. The guy who made the animated versions peak quality for the past 20 years, Paul Dini. If he can't direct it, make the guy a supervising producer, and hire talented directors under a cohesive film continuity. i have no absolutely no objections to Brad Bird,a Whedon level choice IMO.
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7:56PM on 09/03/2012
A lot of people, myself included, have overlooked the best possible name and that is Bruce Timm. The man responsible for the entire modern look of the DC Animated world. More and more animation directors are making the transition to live action and many people here seem to like the idea of Brad Bird, but he's already been established with Disney (and as a result of that Marvel), I say put Bruce Timm on The Justice League movie because if anyone understands these characters and how to properly
A lot of people, myself included, have overlooked the best possible name and that is Bruce Timm. The man responsible for the entire modern look of the DC Animated world. More and more animation directors are making the transition to live action and many people here seem to like the idea of Brad Bird, but he's already been established with Disney (and as a result of that Marvel), I say put Bruce Timm on The Justice League movie because if anyone understands these characters and how to properly integrate them it's him. If they could also get Paul Dini and Steven Moffat on as writers that would even be better.





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12:12AM on 09/04/2012

J.J. all the way!

The only one who can handle a movie like this outside of Chris Nolan is J.J. Abrams. He has the talent, and the balls to tackle a big movie like this and not let it get to him. Look at the franchises that he has already done. Mission Impossible, and Star Trek. Yes some may say that MI:3 was not as good as the rest but he was still green with movie directing. Star Trek was one of the most fun movies that I have seen and this is coming from a guy that really doesn't like Star Trek that much. I
The only one who can handle a movie like this outside of Chris Nolan is J.J. Abrams. He has the talent, and the balls to tackle a big movie like this and not let it get to him. Look at the franchises that he has already done. Mission Impossible, and Star Trek. Yes some may say that MI:3 was not as good as the rest but he was still green with movie directing. Star Trek was one of the most fun movies that I have seen and this is coming from a guy that really doesn't like Star Trek that much. I feel he has the balls to let the story take center stage and not let name actors or studios get in the way. He somehow manages to let the small personal moments shine in big special effect driven movies like his work on Super 8. Now the only drawback that I see to this is that he would want a hand in story writing. I know his own works have been great but from what I read about his Superman script there was much to be desired. If you get a writer that knows the characters and knows how to tell a story then you have a guy that can really make this movie great. Maybe tell him to tone down the lens flares a bit. If he can't or won't do it go to Del Toro, Jackson, or even Snyder. I mean as much as you like to ride him for Watchmen that movie was going to disappoint people no matter what because it had such high expectations. His work on 300 and The Dawn of the Dead remake were great. Robert Rodriguez would also be a good choice because he shoots fast and lean. That way you don't run the risk of over budget and he has a love of the characters as well. Warners has dropped the ball because they have had these characters in house and could have a whole universe way before Marvel did. It has to be epic and show the characters how they are in the DCU as Gods among men. Heroes who inspire hope and drive people to do better. I think that the vilains should be The White Martians. That way you could introduce Martian Manhunter.
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1:32AM on 09/04/2012

Here's my list:

Justice League obviously has a sci-fi/fantasy element to it, and Nolan can't do $#!t with sci-fi/fantasy so I'm going to root for these guys:

Brad Bird, Pater Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, Zack Snyder, The Wachowskis. In that order.
Justice League obviously has a sci-fi/fantasy element to it, and Nolan can't do $#!t with sci-fi/fantasy so I'm going to root for these guys:

Brad Bird, Pater Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, Zack Snyder, The Wachowskis. In that order.
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9:08AM on 09/04/2012

NONE OF THE ABOVE

Justice League is the stupidest idea DC/Warners keeps coming up with.

This is a group who cannot get a third character film in production and they want to make a TEAM FLICK? Get serious.

All they see is Avengers making money and they're like "oh, oh! We need to do a Justice League movie because we can't get our act together to make even a single film unless Chris Nolan does it for us!!!" Acutally it's probably more like "well, if we have 10 characters we won't have to have a great story
Justice League is the stupidest idea DC/Warners keeps coming up with.

This is a group who cannot get a third character film in production and they want to make a TEAM FLICK? Get serious.

All they see is Avengers making money and they're like "oh, oh! We need to do a Justice League movie because we can't get our act together to make even a single film unless Chris Nolan does it for us!!!" Acutally it's probably more like "well, if we have 10 characters we won't have to have a great story just lots of effects and the fans will eat it up."

What DC characters have made it to the screen? Batman? The word has always been that all three of Christopher Nolan's films were done by Chris Nolan and his team with very little input from the studio and DC.

Man Of Steel? Superman? EVERYONE knows that the only reason this film went into production was to keep some of the rights from reverting back to the families of the creators and even then they had to go to Chris Nolan to get it going.

DC/Warners is a joke team. They can't get anything going and now they want to make a film where they not only have to come up with a reason to bring together all these superheros but introduce 90% of them, set them up and explain them to the audience. Once again: it's a joke that they are even considering this.

They need to get a few character films going. How can you talk about doing a massive team film when you can't even get Wonder Woman before the cameras? What about the Flash? Come on, give David Goyer the go-ahead for his Flash film and make that. Hell, I bet Goyer could get Nolan to exec the production even to make Warners happy.

As it stands, Warners will not have ANY DC character films hit the screen for over 3 years--- and yet they are wasting their time talking about Justice League? It shows you where their head is and it's up their ass.

Warners: stop talking about Justice League and go make some films that people want to see and are good.
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9:30AM on 09/06/2012
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9:53AM on 09/06/2012

Michael Bay!

This JL project sounds desperate because like some of my fellow commenters are saying the studio is more concerned on the Box Office side than the characters themselves. Well if its getting the origin stories, the team up and climax ALL at the same time, then look no further than the Michael Bay formula for success.

ORIGIN STORIES:
Highschool! Clark Kent, Diane Prince and Hal Jordan all attend the same school and they are later joined by Bruce Wayne... WAIT! Whats Bruce doing attending a
This JL project sounds desperate because like some of my fellow commenters are saying the studio is more concerned on the Box Office side than the characters themselves. Well if its getting the origin stories, the team up and climax ALL at the same time, then look no further than the Michael Bay formula for success.

ORIGIN STORIES:
Highschool! Clark Kent, Diane Prince and Hal Jordan all attend the same school and they are later joined by Bruce Wayne... WAIT! Whats Bruce doing attending a public school than, say, a prestigious private prep school or private tutor? Because SHUT UP thats why! Besides this will work as reboot for the character whose a care-free prick by doing stuff like parking his (Insert: product placement next year's latest convertible model) in the Principle's Spot, taking the female swim team for a private pool party when they should practicing (TDK SHOUT-OUT, BRO!), etc
Clark Kent (the noble guy) tries to talk sense into him to make him a 'better person' but Bruce doesn't take advice from 'peasants' and is more interested in scoring with Diane who rejects him (YAY GIRL POWER) but has a thing for Hal (the optimist) who wants to become an Air-force pilot...(GET IT? *wink*)

THE TRAGEDY:
Clark's dad dies on the same night Bruce's parents are killed and this marks a turning point for the characters. CUE: Dramatic slow-mo head-raising from a slump and replay parental advices as V.Os also squeeze in a Powerwalk at each funeral or Graduation Day at school (WHICH EVER LOOKS COOLER!). They acknowledge their losses and vow to be BFFs for life.

FIRST TIME DISCOVERY/USE OF POWER:
Bruce who hasn't fully overcome the loss of his parents goes driving alone one night and sees a mugger attacking a defenceless old woman and he tries to stop him but sucks at it.... BADLY! He is saved at the last minute by sassy-black asskicking chick [link] who impresses him and asks if she can teach him some moves. She agrees on condition he'll sponsor her underground MMA team The League Of Assassins..DEAL! WAIT how is that even possible? (SEQUEL HOOK, OK?)

Diane Prince receives a strange package while at work containing a lasso and a note basically saying she's not who she thinks she IS and to ask her 'mother' at home to explain everything. (*GASP*) Diane always knew she felt different but always shrugged it off.

Hal Jordan becomes a Air-Force cadet (complete with Michael Bay honors) chosen to test the next generation of fighter-jets. WAIT! Aren't drones all the rage now? SHUT UP!!! After successfully defeating his colleagues in a mock-dogfight a UFO appears and starts killing everyone but Hal manages to hold his own against it (THINK WILL SMITH IN ID4). Suddenly a portal appears in front of him and flies through it and a beam light from it blasts the UFO before it too can enter and it closes. CUE: Military guys in control tower slowly rising from the chairs while the camera does an orbital shot and wondering "What happened?", "Did Jordan make it?", "What was that thing?"

THE TEAM UP/CLIMAX:
An astronaut on board the ISS investigating theh UFO notices something 'evil' comes towards earth and alerts the Defense Forces to be on standby. instead of one UFO this time, there are now dozens. THINGS BLOW UP AND THE DFs ARE HELPLESS!! But wait up in the sky, is that a bird? Plane? No its Superman! who dishes out the ass-kicking to them.

Unfortunately one of the ships crash lands in the middle of Gotham City and the aliens disembark to continue their mission and attack the citizens however one of them is Bruce Wayne who beats the shit out of a few of them effortlessly but more still come and the only weapons nearby are power-tools and a utility belt (WINK!) and kicks their asses brutally by improvisation and kills the last one in the sports good section...WITH A BAT! (WINK!! WINK!!)

Out on the streets the battle rages on and bunch of kids are about to be killed by the aliens when someone comes to their help with super-strength....and a lasso!! "Wow " says one of the kids "that woman is... wonderful" (WINK! WINK!)

Meanwhile superman is getting overwhelmed by fighting and preventing collateral damage and could really REALLY use some help. Bruce is first to arrive, then Diane and together with superman plan their strategy of attack/defence when suddenly they are surrounded and agree to duke it out to the end!

Suddenly Green Lantern appears (YOU THOUGHT HE WAS DEAD, EH?) and the final battle begins with LOTS and LOTS OF stuff blowing up. This goes on for 40mins until Gotham City is left in apocalyptic ruins. However a battered US flag flaps defiantly as our heroes do a slo-mo Power-walk and wonder what their group should be called and wonder if they are more heroes like them out there. CUE: CREDITS

Yup, a guaranteed 3hr Summer blockbuster with $700m in the opening week!


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