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C'mon Hollywood: Don't f*ck up the Justice League movie!

Oct. 23, 2012by: Paul Shirey

This past week Warner Bros. won their case for the Superman property, which has finally allowed them to progress forward on their long-awaited JUSTICE LEAGUE film. The project is now being proposed for a 2015 release date, putting it head-to-head with Marvel’s THE AVENGERS sequel. While this news has many people excited, it has left many with trepidation. And, with good reason.

In an attempt to firmly establish their properties in the Hollywood world the same way that Marvel has, the folks at Warner Bros./DC seem to have difficulty grasping just how to do it. Sure, they’ve had tremendous success with the Batman franchise, which is due largely to the director(s) of those films. But, when it comes to branching out, even Superman has hit stumbling blocks. 2006’s SUPERMAN RETURNS was a snooze-filled handy to Richard Donner and 2011’s GREEN LANTERN was a clumsy half-hearted mess.

The truth is, I want these guys to succeed. I really do. I’m a comic and movie fan. I have nothing to gain by their failure and everything to gain by their success. However, the track record of DC’s modern adaptations (Batman aside) is anything but stellar. So, what can they do to not drop the ball and follow it into the street?

Keep it simple: Don’t try to get too convoluted, especially for a massive superhero team being introduced for the first time to audiences. Focus on the dynamics of the characters working together, each with their own differing personalities and powers. Don’t dive into the highly complex event storylines, just pick a solid villain (Darkseid, Brainiac, etc.) and build the story around the characters, not the event.

Don’t get lost in origins: At this point, most people know all there is to know about Batman and Superman and Green Lantern is close enough in our psyches (unfortunately) that we don’t need a rehash. The challenge will be Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and Cyborg. How you’re going to make audiences both understand and embrace these guys in one sitting is going to be tough. Focus on their actions, not their origins.

Bring back Henry Cavill as Superman: MAN OF STEEL is looking to be a hit. We all need to see some more footage to really judge, but the creative team looks great and Cavill owns as Supes. Let HIM be your Tony Stark. Cavill should be the rock that everyone else is built around, which will help tie the characters together, especially since there aren’t any other DC movies coming in 2014 (a mistake) to lead into the JUSTICE LEAGUE film.

Have faith in your brand: Marvel showed incredible integrity by embracing the red, white, blue, purple, gold, green, and every other color of their characters from costume to personality. They didn’t muddle it down to make it more commercial. Let the DC brand flag fly and be proud of it. After decades of seeing these characters in comics, there’s no reason they can’t be seen onscreen as they are on the page. That bullshit about colored costumes not working on screen has been shot the f*ck down by Marvel’s slate (and Sony’s SPIDER-MAN, to give credit).

Good artist’s create, great artist’s steal: While the desire is to create something wholesomely original, the simple truth is that what WB should be doing is trying to emulate the best of the bunch, while inserting their brand and sensibilities. You could reshoot THE AVENGERS script with each character replaced by a DC one and I guarantee people would love it. I’m not saying copy, I’m saying to pay attention to what worked and make it your own. Just don’t pull a GREEN LANTERN.

Hire inspired people: From the cast to the crew, WB needs to hire people that are fresh and original choices for their characters. The rumor of Armie Hammer as Batman (again) is a solid choice. We all have our favorites for the rest of the players, but as long as they’re inspired, we’re good. Lastly, DC needs to court not only a director that can feel the passion for the project, but they need a Joss Whedon, and fast. Someone to steer the DC ship into greatness; who knows the characters and the brands inside out.

Make another stand-alone film first: Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, whatever, I think the best course of action would be to have MAN OF STEEL lead into another character’s film that could debut in 2014, which would lead directly into JUSTICE LEAGUE. It’s not too late!

We all want to see a JUSTICE LEAGUE movie that lives up to the decades of awesome stories and art we’ve grown up with and to see the many teammates in all their costumed glory. What we don’t want is another bumbled, half-ass attempt to kickstart a franchise. I think the main ingredient to making a JUSTICE LEAGUE film a serious contender is, more than anything, a creative team that truly loves and understands the characters, rather than a crew hired to make a movie on the quick in order to compete with its rivals. We’ve all seen how that turns out and it’s not pretty. So, keep your eyes on the prize, DC. Your audience awaits (and expects) greatness.

Extra Tidbit: Let's hear what you got...casting preferences...director preferences...who should be DC's Joss Whedon? Let the floodgates open on your thoughts for how to make this a success.
Source: JoBlo.com

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9:58AM on 10/24/2012

HERES HOW YOU DO THIS

MAKE IT LIKE A MOREL IKE A REALISTIC FILM , USE A GREAT DC VILLAIN , KEEP SUPERMAN AND BATMAN YOU ONLY A LIST ACTORS , DON'T FILL IT WITH GREEN LANTERN LEVEL CG GIVE IT RIAN JOHNSON TO DIRECT WITH WHATEVER BUDGET HE NEEDS
MAKE IT LIKE A MOREL IKE A REALISTIC FILM , USE A GREAT DC VILLAIN , KEEP SUPERMAN AND BATMAN YOU ONLY A LIST ACTORS , DON'T FILL IT WITH GREEN LANTERN LEVEL CG GIVE IT RIAN JOHNSON TO DIRECT WITH WHATEVER BUDGET HE NEEDS
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9:50AM on 10/24/2012

HERES HOW YOU DO THIS

MAKE IT LIKE A MOREL IKE A REALISTIC FILM , USE A GREAT DC VILLAIN , KEEP SUPERMAN AND BATMAN YOU ONLY A LIST ACTORS , DON'T FILL IT WITH GREEN LANTERN LEVEL CG GIVE IT RIAN JOHNSON TO DIRECT WITH WHATEVER BUDGET HE NEEDS
MAKE IT LIKE A MOREL IKE A REALISTIC FILM , USE A GREAT DC VILLAIN , KEEP SUPERMAN AND BATMAN YOU ONLY A LIST ACTORS , DON'T FILL IT WITH GREEN LANTERN LEVEL CG GIVE IT RIAN JOHNSON TO DIRECT WITH WHATEVER BUDGET HE NEEDS
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9:43AM on 10/24/2012

HERES HOW YOU DO THIS

MAKE IT LIKE A MOREL IKE A REALISTIC FILM , USE A GREAT DC VILLAIN , KEEP SUPERMAN AND BATMAN YOU ONLY A LIST ACTORS , DON'T FILL IT WITH GREEN LANTERN LEVEL CG GIVE IT RIAN JOHNSON TO DIRECT WITH WHATEVER BUDGET HE NEEDS
MAKE IT LIKE A MOREL IKE A REALISTIC FILM , USE A GREAT DC VILLAIN , KEEP SUPERMAN AND BATMAN YOU ONLY A LIST ACTORS , DON'T FILL IT WITH GREEN LANTERN LEVEL CG GIVE IT RIAN JOHNSON TO DIRECT WITH WHATEVER BUDGET HE NEEDS
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9:43AM on 10/24/2012

HERES HOW YOU DO THIS

MAKE IT LIKE A MOREL IKE A REALISTIC FILM , USE A GREAT DC VILLAIN , KEEP SUPERMAN AND BATMAN YOU ONLY A LIST ACTORS , DON'T FILL IT WITH GREEN LANTERN LEVEL CG GIVE IT RIAN JOHNSON TO DIRECT WITH WHATEVER BUDGET HE NEEDS
MAKE IT LIKE A MOREL IKE A REALISTIC FILM , USE A GREAT DC VILLAIN , KEEP SUPERMAN AND BATMAN YOU ONLY A LIST ACTORS , DON'T FILL IT WITH GREEN LANTERN LEVEL CG GIVE IT RIAN JOHNSON TO DIRECT WITH WHATEVER BUDGET HE NEEDS
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12:32PM on 10/24/2012
Congratulations: you know how to use the Caps Lock. We're happy for you.
Congratulations: you know how to use the Caps Lock. We're happy for you.
8:26AM on 10/24/2012

Just do a Superman and Batman film...

It will break box office records and you can set up Justice League from there.
It will break box office records and you can set up Justice League from there.
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8:24AM on 10/24/2012

Only one suggestion

Hire Guillermo del Torro and call it a day.
Hire Guillermo del Torro and call it a day.
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3:14AM on 10/24/2012

Trilogy

why not make it a trilogy, filming all three films simultaneously. Maybe Lex wants world domination making a deal with
Apocalypse or Darkseid (maybe both) to banish Superman. Then someone like Flash can go around to recruit the other members of the Justice league. Maybe the Manhunter comes to earth to warn Lex that his deal will only bring destruction to earth. His warnings to Lex fall short so it is up to the Manhunter to recruit the members of the Justice League.
why not make it a trilogy, filming all three films simultaneously. Maybe Lex wants world domination making a deal with
Apocalypse or Darkseid (maybe both) to banish Superman. Then someone like Flash can go around to recruit the other members of the Justice league. Maybe the Manhunter comes to earth to warn Lex that his deal will only bring destruction to earth. His warnings to Lex fall short so it is up to the Manhunter to recruit the members of the Justice League.
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12:39AM on 10/24/2012
Sorry, double post.
Sorry, double post.
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12:10AM on 10/24/2012

Getting nervous.

Setting a release date only to rival The Avengers 2 reeks of BAD IDEA. There's very little chance that Avengers 2 won't be incredible, so why even chance pitting the JL movie against it so soon? Even Man Of Steel hasn't been tested yet. Not to mention you don't want to give the general audience the impression that you're only trying to cash off the success of the Superhero team movie. Take your time and MAKE IT RIGHT! You already ruined Green Lantern, WB, please don't pound the final nail into
Setting a release date only to rival The Avengers 2 reeks of BAD IDEA. There's very little chance that Avengers 2 won't be incredible, so why even chance pitting the JL movie against it so soon? Even Man Of Steel hasn't been tested yet. Not to mention you don't want to give the general audience the impression that you're only trying to cash off the success of the Superhero team movie. Take your time and MAKE IT RIGHT! You already ruined Green Lantern, WB, please don't pound the final nail into the Justice League coffin.

And I also elect Bruce Timm as at the very LEAST Creative Consultant. But fuck that, let him MAKE this movie!
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10:47PM on 10/23/2012
I just think that it is too difficult to establish so many main characters all at once in a single film. The Avengers worked really well because you knew all of these characters and what to kind of expect from them already. I know that obviously Supes & Bats are huge heros and by now everyone and their Granpappy probably knows their origins, but I think it's more so getting used to how the actor portrays that character. If I had just seen the Avengers without seeing anything else, I would have
I just think that it is too difficult to establish so many main characters all at once in a single film. The Avengers worked really well because you knew all of these characters and what to kind of expect from them already. I know that obviously Supes & Bats are huge heros and by now everyone and their Granpappy probably knows their origins, but I think it's more so getting used to how the actor portrays that character. If I had just seen the Avengers without seeing anything else, I would have basically thought that Captain America & Thor were both just really dumb. But when you see it all in scope it makes a world of difference. Like any movie, it has POTENTIAL to be good if they actually dedicate some time & get the right people on board. But it seems kind of rushed just for the sake of cashing in on successes of Nolan's trilogies & The Avengers ensemble. Which is another thing... All of the actors in The Avengers are quite well established and awesome. It sounds like all of the JL would be fairly unknown people. I dunno... Obviously I would never HOPE for it to be bad. Every time I see a movie I want it to be awesome because, well, who doesn't? But something feels a little off kilter on this one...
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10:39PM on 10/23/2012

Please Lord....

don't mess up the JLA. Please?!
don't mess up the JLA. Please?!
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7:30PM on 10/23/2012

Aside, from The Cape & The Cowl....

...don't really care. DC sucks balls in my opinion. So, I give a big fat MEH!

Bring on the thumbs down bitches!
...don't really care. DC sucks balls in my opinion. So, I give a big fat MEH!

Bring on the thumbs down bitches!
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7:06PM on 10/23/2012

Another mistake

Going up against Avengers 2. That is just stupid. Everyone looses money that way. Both films stand to make way more money if they don't go directly up against each other.
Going up against Avengers 2. That is just stupid. Everyone looses money that way. Both films stand to make way more money if they don't go directly up against each other.
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6:35PM on 10/23/2012
I think it's too soon for a justice league movie, but when it does happen, I think they should make it like Jackson did with Lord of the Rings. Make three films at once, and have the Justice League be one long story told over a trilogy. Lord of the Rings had to introduce a lot of characters/cultures as well, and they did it right. The first film would introduce the heroes and a minor villain, the threat gets bigger with more villains in the sequel, and you have the big battle in the third/final
I think it's too soon for a justice league movie, but when it does happen, I think they should make it like Jackson did with Lord of the Rings. Make three films at once, and have the Justice League be one long story told over a trilogy. Lord of the Rings had to introduce a lot of characters/cultures as well, and they did it right. The first film would introduce the heroes and a minor villain, the threat gets bigger with more villains in the sequel, and you have the big battle in the third/final film. Batman and Superman are well known so they wouldn't need a lot of back story in the first film, just Wonder woman, Green Lantern, and flash. I'd save aquaman and anyone else until the sequel just so not too many characters get introduced at once. The other benefit to this approach is that you don't look like you're trying to copy Marvel (which is the only reason this is happening right now). The only downside about Marvel's plan is that you have to wait several more years and for solo films before the Avengers team up again. If you make Justice League like LOTR, you can release a movie each year.
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4:26PM on 10/23/2012

I'd say put Bruce Timm in charge

He's done a great job with the direct-to-DVD animated films and the various TV series ever since BATMAN: TAS. I'd say he's more than earned his shot.
He's done a great job with the direct-to-DVD animated films and the various TV series ever since BATMAN: TAS. I'd say he's more than earned his shot.
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9:50PM on 10/23/2012
Hear hear.
Hear hear.
3:45PM on 10/23/2012

WB had the rights to those characters for so much longer than Marvel

They've had those rights since forever and the only thing they managed successfully was a franchise they killed to begin with. We've seen all those bad movies they did when they had the time and we're supposed to think they will be better once they go faster? I see no scenario were this is not a disaster.
They've had those rights since forever and the only thing they managed successfully was a franchise they killed to begin with. We've seen all those bad movies they did when they had the time and we're supposed to think they will be better once they go faster? I see no scenario were this is not a disaster.
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3:19PM on 10/23/2012

Good luck to whoever directs this

I don't mind Batman & Supes being gritty and all but Woman Woman is the only hinderance here. Her origin story and powers would just look out place in this movie unless they do an 'x-men' on her i.e. Ditch the tiara & bracelets and replace it with a generic leather catsuit.

Otherwise leave her out completly. Altenatively, if they do keep her then everyone else has to lighten up (Batman included) or else she'll just be annoying around the team. And Superman being Tony Stark? Please... Stark
I don't mind Batman & Supes being gritty and all but Woman Woman is the only hinderance here. Her origin story and powers would just look out place in this movie unless they do an 'x-men' on her i.e. Ditch the tiara & bracelets and replace it with a generic leather catsuit.

Otherwise leave her out completly. Altenatively, if they do keep her then everyone else has to lighten up (Batman included) or else she'll just be annoying around the team. And Superman being Tony Stark? Please... Stark is wealthy city guy while Clark was raised a humble country boy so don't expect the brash quips and one-liners here.
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3:27PM on 10/23/2012
I'm not saying let Clark Kent be Tony Stark, as in emulate his personality. I'm saying let him be the guiding force of the League. He will already be established, so I think building JL around him and then branching off is their best bet. In NO way am I implying that Clark Kent should be like Tony Stark, personality-wise. Only as a model for how to build your characters around a starting point; a rock. Supes is the rock.

And good luck indeed to whomever helms this bad boy.
I'm not saying let Clark Kent be Tony Stark, as in emulate his personality. I'm saying let him be the guiding force of the League. He will already be established, so I think building JL around him and then branching off is their best bet. In NO way am I implying that Clark Kent should be like Tony Stark, personality-wise. Only as a model for how to build your characters around a starting point; a rock. Supes is the rock.

And good luck indeed to whomever helms this bad boy.
7:33PM on 10/23/2012
Yeah, and Aquaman is a totally badass character.
Yeah, and Aquaman is a totally badass character.
2:50PM on 10/23/2012

Could potentially ruin multiple franchises

I have to agree - this sounds like a huge clusterfuck just waiting to happening. The reason The Avengers worked (the only reason that this is being pushed) is because the tip of the spear. Iron Man set it up. All of the movies were made with a clear goal in mind. You could even argue that those movies were just made in order to make the Avengers, like a prequel. Not a worse or a better way to make films, but they had a different purpose for them being made. They don't have the requisite movies
I have to agree - this sounds like a huge clusterfuck just waiting to happening. The reason The Avengers worked (the only reason that this is being pushed) is because the tip of the spear. Iron Man set it up. All of the movies were made with a clear goal in mind. You could even argue that those movies were just made in order to make the Avengers, like a prequel. Not a worse or a better way to make films, but they had a different purpose for them being made. They don't have the requisite movies for some of the main heroes of this team: Wonder Woman, Martian Manhunter, Flash, Aquaman. How are they going to explain their emergence? This is just so wrong.

The ONLY way this works, and I think its impossible given the events of TDKR is to get Bale on board somehow and to have the Nolan brothers a part of the film in a production fashion. Nolan produced and had a vision for two of the main superheroes in the JL: Batman and Superman. If they could somehow connect Nolan's universe to the wider Universe of these Superheroes I think it would have had a chance. Make it dark and gritty, not as big as the Avengers, set in the Universe Nolan established in the Batman trilogy. Emphasize Superman's ideology vs Batman's sense of realism. Wonder Woman and the Flash need, at the very least, to be stand-alone franchise before its made. But in the end, I think all of that is kind of impossible due to TDKR.



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12:27PM on 10/23/2012

Being made for all the wrong reasons.

This is being horribly forced, purely for money and to cash in on Avengers success. It's not a natural progression, or a well executed plan of action at all.

If this film is ever to see the light of day, and still be worth seeing, it's should be because it's a story that someone has a genuine reason to see on screen, not because another brand (who had a very definite plan of action and passion for its source material) has done well with it.

This is being horribly forced, purely for money and to cash in on Avengers success. It's not a natural progression, or a well executed plan of action at all.

If this film is ever to see the light of day, and still be worth seeing, it's should be because it's a story that someone has a genuine reason to see on screen, not because another brand (who had a very definite plan of action and passion for its source material) has done well with it.

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11:58AM on 10/23/2012
So basically. copy Marvel. Where's the whole "Hollywood is run out of ideas" cries? How about they don't do Justice League at all and instead focus on bringing the individuals characters in separate franchise that at least try to tell something more than "this is a fun comic book movie with a colorful character for kids to buy a toy and play with later" like The Dark Knight trilogy and the first two X-Men did?
So basically. copy Marvel. Where's the whole "Hollywood is run out of ideas" cries? How about they don't do Justice League at all and instead focus on bringing the individuals characters in separate franchise that at least try to tell something more than "this is a fun comic book movie with a colorful character for kids to buy a toy and play with later" like The Dark Knight trilogy and the first two X-Men did?
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11:40AM on 10/23/2012

Can't see how this is going to work

How can you jump into an ensemble cast film like JL without preparation? I know films like X-men were ensemble cast, but at least they came out of the blue when moviegoers had little knowledge of the characters. JL on the other hand sounds like one hell of a handful, as moviegoers all have expectations of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman. I can't see how this will work without introducing the new characters in their own films as Marvel did with The Avengers. Good luck to whoever gets this job!
How can you jump into an ensemble cast film like JL without preparation? I know films like X-men were ensemble cast, but at least they came out of the blue when moviegoers had little knowledge of the characters. JL on the other hand sounds like one hell of a handful, as moviegoers all have expectations of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman. I can't see how this will work without introducing the new characters in their own films as Marvel did with The Avengers. Good luck to whoever gets this job!
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1:00PM on 10/23/2012
I wholeheartedly agree. Unfortunately, seeing as they've locked themselves into this 2015 release date, they don't have much time. I really think the best saving grace they could have is from my last point, which is to release another film after Man of Steel that leads directly into Justice League. You need to have some people established before we see them for the first time. There's just too much complexity in their backstory for all audiences to "just buy it."

Good comments, man.
I wholeheartedly agree. Unfortunately, seeing as they've locked themselves into this 2015 release date, they don't have much time. I really think the best saving grace they could have is from my last point, which is to release another film after Man of Steel that leads directly into Justice League. You need to have some people established before we see them for the first time. There's just too much complexity in their backstory for all audiences to "just buy it."

Good comments, man.
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11:33AM on 10/23/2012
Thy key to not fucking up the JL movie is to hire a director who is not pretentious and feels he has to change a bunch of crap around to suit his or her own tastes rather than the tastes of the audience (looking at you Tim Burton's almost Superman). Marvel got this right when they got Whedon. DC needs their own Whedon.
Thy key to not fucking up the JL movie is to hire a director who is not pretentious and feels he has to change a bunch of crap around to suit his or her own tastes rather than the tastes of the audience (looking at you Tim Burton's almost Superman). Marvel got this right when they got Whedon. DC needs their own Whedon.
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11:10AM on 10/23/2012
I think the best advice given is hire inspired people.
As to the characters not being known to the public, I think that's misleading, Wonder Woman is known from her TV show, Flash while was a cult TV show and proved the characters power could work even with primitive at the time effects.
Don't forget when the first Iron Man movie came out he was not a well known character and in fact was being set up as almost a villain in the Civil War storyline.
I think the best advice given is hire inspired people.
As to the characters not being known to the public, I think that's misleading, Wonder Woman is known from her TV show, Flash while was a cult TV show and proved the characters power could work even with primitive at the time effects.
Don't forget when the first Iron Man movie came out he was not a well known character and in fact was being set up as almost a villain in the Civil War storyline.
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10:32AM on 10/23/2012
There're probably thousands of reason why Justice League might not work. One of which is besides Batman and Superman, DC doesn't have surefire-hit characters. Green Lantern movie didn't turn out so well. Wonder Woman TV series got shelved. And so on and so on. If DC is really keen on making Justice League movie before other characters' movies, focus on Batman and Superman teams up to fight a team of villains which leads to the formation of Justice League. Extra tidbit: Matthew Vaughn. He
There're probably thousands of reason why Justice League might not work. One of which is besides Batman and Superman, DC doesn't have surefire-hit characters. Green Lantern movie didn't turn out so well. Wonder Woman TV series got shelved. And so on and so on. If DC is really keen on making Justice League movie before other characters' movies, focus on Batman and Superman teams up to fight a team of villains which leads to the formation of Justice League. Extra tidbit: Matthew Vaughn. He completely blew me away with X-Men: First Class. If he's not bound by any contract of only directing Marvel movies, give Mr. Vaughn a shot. He might be able to this project around.
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10:27AM on 10/23/2012
All valid and salient points, Mr. Shirley. I certainly hope this comes to fruition, I think so many fans (myself included) have gotten to the stage where talk of a live-action Justice League film causes instinctive eye-rolling. I think it really isn't all that hard, but that the Justice League film shouldn't have to "copy" from the Avengers, and I sincerely doubt Cavill will be able to match RDJ in the charisma department, but yeah, have Superman be the "rock". I'd advise those in charge to get
All valid and salient points, Mr. Shirley. I certainly hope this comes to fruition, I think so many fans (myself included) have gotten to the stage where talk of a live-action Justice League film causes instinctive eye-rolling. I think it really isn't all that hard, but that the Justice League film shouldn't have to "copy" from the Avengers, and I sincerely doubt Cavill will be able to match RDJ in the charisma department, but yeah, have Superman be the "rock". I'd advise those in charge to get together and have a Justice League animated series marathon. WB seems to never want to take any inspiration from Bruce Timm, Paul Dini (and Alan Burnett and Eric Radomski's too) DCAU. Perhaps have Timm and Dini serve as consultants or advisors - it doesn't have to be a straight-up live action version of that show, and it shouldn't be, but the cartoon got so much so right, it would be a shame to pretend it doesn't exist in the process of making the live-action one. I was talking with a friend and we thought, "hey, maybe a Trinity film should be made first" - like a movie featuring a teamup of Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman (this could serve for a quick run-through of WW's origins) before moving on to the full lineup.
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11:16AM on 10/23/2012
@Jedd, I think taking a page from the animated series/movies is a step in the right direction for the "powers that be." Timm and Dini advanced the characters in a big way and showed some serious action chops (one of the biggest quotients missing from the DCU, minus Batman, in the live action department). Perhaps Timm or Dini as the Joss Whedon?

Good comments. And don't call me Shirley. ;)
@Jedd, I think taking a page from the animated series/movies is a step in the right direction for the "powers that be." Timm and Dini advanced the characters in a big way and showed some serious action chops (one of the biggest quotients missing from the DCU, minus Batman, in the live action department). Perhaps Timm or Dini as the Joss Whedon?

Good comments. And don't call me Shirley. ;)
11:41AM on 10/23/2012
Thanks for your reply, uh, Paul! I'm glad my comments have your seal of approval. Well, animation is a very different medium from live-action, so while I'd love to have Dini and Timm play a part in the formation of the film (make Bruce Timm do storyboards and concepts!), I don't think I'd want them to direct it or have Dini write it (at least not writing it alone). A live-action Batman Beyond film was planned at one point, with Dini and Timm at the helm, but it didn't get off the ground.
Thanks for your reply, uh, Paul! I'm glad my comments have your seal of approval. Well, animation is a very different medium from live-action, so while I'd love to have Dini and Timm play a part in the formation of the film (make Bruce Timm do storyboards and concepts!), I don't think I'd want them to direct it or have Dini write it (at least not writing it alone). A live-action Batman Beyond film was planned at one point, with Dini and Timm at the helm, but it didn't get off the ground. Hmm....finding the Joss Whedon-equivalent for the Justice League movie may be a tall order. I think WB shouldn't have given up on Joss Whedon's Wonder Woman TV series - if they hadn't, maybe Whedon would be in charge of the Justice League films instead of the Avengers! Their loss.
3:32PM on 10/23/2012
@Jedd, no matter what, it's going to be a tough job to fill. I'm sure DC is considering a Joss-Whedon-esque type of individual to guide their brands. If they're not, then they're idiots. There's a lot of smart, talented folks who have worked for DC for decades that could fill the role. I think Geoff Johns would be a smart choice. Even though his involvement on GL didn't do much for the film, I certainly don't blame him. There were a lot bigger problems there. Timm and Dini are untested
@Jedd, no matter what, it's going to be a tough job to fill. I'm sure DC is considering a Joss-Whedon-esque type of individual to guide their brands. If they're not, then they're idiots. There's a lot of smart, talented folks who have worked for DC for decades that could fill the role. I think Geoff Johns would be a smart choice. Even though his involvement on GL didn't do much for the film, I certainly don't blame him. There were a lot bigger problems there. Timm and Dini are untested on live action, but so were Andrew Stanton and Brad Bird. My excitement level would shift dramatically if they were hired on in a hands-on role for this.

Again, thanks for strikin' back!