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04.23.2013

Justice League

As we get closer to the release of MAN OF STEEL there's going to be a lot of rumors about JUSTICE LEAGUE flying around and 95% of them probably won't be true. One of the biggest pieces needed for the film to really start moving forward is a director and several names have been floating around like David Goyer, Zack Snyder and GANGSTER SQUAD director Ruben Fleischer.

Fleischer has been out promoting the DVD release for GANGSTER SQUAD and when he spoke to Screen Crush recently they asked him if he would want to direct JUSTICE LEAGUE. Ruben Fleischer said that he wants to direct a big superhero film but it won't be JUSTICE LEAGUE. Why?

Well that’s something that Zack Snyder is going to wind up doing.

Now that doesn't exactly mean Snyder is a lock to direct JUSTICE LEAGUE. Screen Crush is quick to point out that Fleischer might be just assuming Zack Snyder will end up directing the film or he's read some of the rumors online. But they also mention two things that help support his claim: Fleisher is good friends with Zack Snyder and writer Will Beall is working on the script for JUSTICE LEAGUE...who just happened to work with Fleischer on GANGSTER SQUAD.

If Zack Snyder is directing that just creates more questions. Does that mean MAN OF STEEL 2 (or whatever it will be called) isn't going to be out for sometime or will someone else step in while Snyder works on JUSTICE LEAGUE? What's the time frame on this? Would he do both? Is it OK to pop open a bottle of champagne if David Goyer is definitely not directing it?

MAN OF STEEL looks like it's going to blow us away and if that's the case then Snyder has earned the right to direct JUSTICE LEAGUE, if he wants to. Someday we'll have some confirmed news for JUSTICE LEAGUE but sadly it's not today.

Just in case you were living under a rock (or twenty-seven f*cking years in the woods as a hermit): Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL is out June 14th, 2013.

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Extra Tidbit: Well, what do you think? Do you want Zack Snyder or is there another director that you think would be a better fit?
Source: Screen Crush

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11:50PM on 04/23/2013

With regards to Zack Snyder...

I have absolutely nothing against Snyder, and based on what we've seen of MoS so far it looks good. But WB/DC seems unsure of themselves in that once they've found something that works, they just want to simply replicate it; hence the thought process: "Snyder did a great job on Superman, let's get him to do Justice League!" Marvel, on the other hand, has a successful track record of discovering NEW talent, of giving the underdog a shot.
I have absolutely nothing against Snyder, and based on what we've seen of MoS so far it looks good. But WB/DC seems unsure of themselves in that once they've found something that works, they just want to simply replicate it; hence the thought process: "Snyder did a great job on Superman, let's get him to do Justice League!" Marvel, on the other hand, has a successful track record of discovering NEW talent, of giving the underdog a shot.
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11:44PM on 04/23/2013
I am still of the belief that DC is jumping the gun with Justice League. My impression of DC is that they just want to get some of that sweet sweet Avengers money. Establish another DC character and see how it pans out after that. I really hope they have a plan which involves telling GOOD STORIES. That's what's going to keep people coming back for more movies. Sure, they might make a ton of money off the merchandising, but if the movies are crap, everybody loses.
I am still of the belief that DC is jumping the gun with Justice League. My impression of DC is that they just want to get some of that sweet sweet Avengers money. Establish another DC character and see how it pans out after that. I really hope they have a plan which involves telling GOOD STORIES. That's what's going to keep people coming back for more movies. Sure, they might make a ton of money off the merchandising, but if the movies are crap, everybody loses.
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10:22PM on 04/23/2013

Slow Down

Can we get one DC character League ready? Man of Steel is probably going to be a start, but you need at least two anchor movies to set up a League run. Batman is fantastic but that version would not work in Justice League. GL .... ignore any input. Truthfully I do not think any of the other founders could support their own solo film. Yet. I think a sequel to a successful Man of Steel could introduce one other founding member as a pivotal role and maybe one other as a cameo. The sequel could
Can we get one DC character League ready? Man of Steel is probably going to be a start, but you need at least two anchor movies to set up a League run. Batman is fantastic but that version would not work in Justice League. GL .... ignore any input. Truthfully I do not think any of the other founders could support their own solo film. Yet. I think a sequel to a successful Man of Steel could introduce one other founding member as a pivotal role and maybe one other as a cameo. The sequel could show the need for Superman to seek a team to tackle bigger burdens that he cannot handle alone. The league movie shows a new character as the catalyst for joining with others. Come together yada yada save the world yada yada Tower.
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11:23PM on 04/23/2013
I agree with you that DC needs to establish some individual characters before JL, but I disagree that none but Batman and Superman can support their own films. People forget so quickly. Prior to the rise of Marvel films as an in house production company the film world thought that the only Marvel properties worth a damn (Spider-man, X-Men) were already owned by other companies. No one thought ANY of the Avengers were worth a film of their own. Iron Man was around in various forms since the
I agree with you that DC needs to establish some individual characters before JL, but I disagree that none but Batman and Superman can support their own films. People forget so quickly. Prior to the rise of Marvel films as an in house production company the film world thought that the only Marvel properties worth a damn (Spider-man, X-Men) were already owned by other companies. No one thought ANY of the Avengers were worth a film of their own. Iron Man was around in various forms since the early 90's but no one wanted to produce it.

The quality of the Marvel films are what allowed them to succeed, not just the characters. The comic book movies that have failed (Green Lantern, Ghost Rider, Hulk I) did so because the movies sucked and not because the characters weren't compelling. But as we saw the Hulk was the biggest star of the Avengers. It all depends on the quality of the films. Which is why Marvel has been so smart to focus on the quality of the filmmakers they hire rather than paying a fortune for a big name movie star.

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1:20PM on 04/23/2013
I don't compare it to the Avengers. I just want DC to come out with good films.
Zack will be great, cause you get a group (like Watchmen, 300, exc.) Put in kick ass heroes, epic shots, and most likely Hanz Zimmer. You have a bad ass film.
I don't compare it to the Avengers. I just want DC to come out with good films.
Zack will be great, cause you get a group (like Watchmen, 300, exc.) Put in kick ass heroes, epic shots, and most likely Hanz Zimmer. You have a bad ass film.
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1:14PM on 04/23/2013

Fine with it.

After 300, Watchmen and what I'm seeing from Superman I have no problem with this decision. I think the combination of Snyder directing and Nolan producing could be a long term winner for DC. I can see where they would balance each other out in a way that would get the best possible reaction from fans. Sounds good!
After 300, Watchmen and what I'm seeing from Superman I have no problem with this decision. I think the combination of Snyder directing and Nolan producing could be a long term winner for DC. I can see where they would balance each other out in a way that would get the best possible reaction from fans. Sounds good!
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1:18PM on 04/23/2013
Hold the phone, I thought Nolan was already on board as producing the JL film. Guess not? Not sure why I thought that. Without his guidance I would be a little more suspect of Snyder as the right guy for the job.
Hold the phone, I thought Nolan was already on board as producing the JL film. Guess not? Not sure why I thought that. Without his guidance I would be a little more suspect of Snyder as the right guy for the job.
12:52PM on 04/23/2013

I like it

Snyder has already done a team superhero movie (Watchmen) and while it wasnt perfect, that sex scene wasnt really needed was it?, i still thought it was very good and held closely to the comic, he would be an ideal choice to direct Justice League
Snyder has already done a team superhero movie (Watchmen) and while it wasnt perfect, that sex scene wasnt really needed was it?, i still thought it was very good and held closely to the comic, he would be an ideal choice to direct Justice League
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11:26AM on 04/23/2013
If only WB had hung on to Joss Whedon while he was developing the Wonder Woman series, he might have been in charge of Justice League instead of The Avengers. Their loss. The idea of Bruce Timm and Paul Dini being onboard as consultants sounds like one of those things that makes perfect sense, but knowing big studio logic probably won't happen. We shall see, I have really high expectations of Man of Steel after that knockout third trailer and I think Snyder and co. will not disappoint!
If only WB had hung on to Joss Whedon while he was developing the Wonder Woman series, he might have been in charge of Justice League instead of The Avengers. Their loss. The idea of Bruce Timm and Paul Dini being onboard as consultants sounds like one of those things that makes perfect sense, but knowing big studio logic probably won't happen. We shall see, I have really high expectations of Man of Steel after that knockout third trailer and I think Snyder and co. will not disappoint!
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10:52AM on 04/23/2013
Aquaman & Martian Manhunter MUST appear in this. Embrace EVERY character. Marvel would...
Aquaman & Martian Manhunter MUST appear in this. Embrace EVERY character. Marvel would...
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10:41AM on 04/23/2013
I don't have any faith in JL being as successful as the Avengers. I just wish the project would die. However, I would bet that Zack Snyder will direct if it goes forward.
I don't have any faith in JL being as successful as the Avengers. I just wish the project would die. However, I would bet that Zack Snyder will direct if it goes forward.
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10:22AM on 04/23/2013
Is anyone else wondering if the reason Bruce Timm stepped down as being in charge of the DC DVD movie stuff, but is still at WB/DC is maybe somehow he is now involved with the JL movie? That'd be awesome!
Is anyone else wondering if the reason Bruce Timm stepped down as being in charge of the DC DVD movie stuff, but is still at WB/DC is maybe somehow he is now involved with the JL movie? That'd be awesome!
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8:33PM on 04/23/2013
Man I hope this is the reason why. Timm would nail it 100%
Man I hope this is the reason why. Timm would nail it 100%
9:05AM on 04/23/2013
It depends, I think. If Man of Steel turns out to be a superhit, then Zack Snyder has a great chance to direct Justice League. However, if DC doesn't follow Marvel's path that leads to the success of The Avengers (solo movies before The Avengers), it seems forceful to have DC's superheroes within one movie.
It depends, I think. If Man of Steel turns out to be a superhit, then Zack Snyder has a great chance to direct Justice League. However, if DC doesn't follow Marvel's path that leads to the success of The Avengers (solo movies before The Avengers), it seems forceful to have DC's superheroes within one movie.
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8:44AM on 04/23/2013
Guillermo Del Toro! Nuff'said.
Guillermo Del Toro! Nuff'said.
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8:39AM on 04/23/2013

Curious

I"d be down with this but I don't get how it's possible in the same article to
1/ Praise Will Beall (who wrote GANGSTER SQUAD = a stinking pile of poop)
2/ Diss on David Goyer (who helped write THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy)
I"d be down with this but I don't get how it's possible in the same article to
1/ Praise Will Beall (who wrote GANGSTER SQUAD = a stinking pile of poop)
2/ Diss on David Goyer (who helped write THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy)
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10:17AM on 04/23/2013
He had very little involvement in the actual scripts for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. He helped develop the story, but Jonah and Chris Nolan wrote the scripts. David Goyer's only script contribution was Batman Begins, and Chris Nolan did rewrites on that. Look at David Goyer's filmography: the film's he primarily wrote and especially the ones he directed were awful. He owes his career to Chris Nolan. If not for The Dark Knight, the public would realize how bad of a writer he
He had very little involvement in the actual scripts for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. He helped develop the story, but Jonah and Chris Nolan wrote the scripts. David Goyer's only script contribution was Batman Begins, and Chris Nolan did rewrites on that. Look at David Goyer's filmography: the film's he primarily wrote and especially the ones he directed were awful. He owes his career to Chris Nolan. If not for The Dark Knight, the public would realize how bad of a writer he can actually be.

That said, Will Beall has done nothing to prove himself either. A least he has a chance to redeem himself, while David Goyer already established a pattern of mediocrity to worse.
10:37AM on 04/23/2013
Well it's not possible because it didn't happen. I wasn't praising Will Beall in the article, just saying he's worked with Fleischer and on JUSTICE LEAGUE.
Well it's not possible because it didn't happen. I wasn't praising Will Beall in the article, just saying he's worked with Fleischer and on JUSTICE LEAGUE.
10:53AM on 04/23/2013
On another note, I do not see any praise of Will Beall in this article. It simply mentions that he is working on the script. Also, while I criticized David Goyer as a writer, this article is referring to his directorial skills. He is the director of Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, and The Unborn. None of those inspire confidence in his skills.
On another note, I do not see any praise of Will Beall in this article. It simply mentions that he is working on the script. Also, while I criticized David Goyer as a writer, this article is referring to his directorial skills. He is the director of Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, and The Unborn. None of those inspire confidence in his skills.
8:30AM on 04/23/2013
After seeing how great Man of Steel is from all of the trailers and footage, I'd say definitely give him the job. He would do a great job.
After seeing how great Man of Steel is from all of the trailers and footage, I'd say definitely give him the job. He would do a great job.
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9:14AM on 04/23/2013
So yesterday you shit on a movie that you havent seen (tmnt) and today you praise a movie that you havent seen. Interesting.
So yesterday you shit on a movie that you havent seen (tmnt) and today you praise a movie that you havent seen. Interesting.
11:41AM on 04/23/2013
This is a joke right? Considering the talent each film has for it, I think I'm right in my confidence with Justice League and my disappointment with TMNT.
This is a joke right? Considering the talent each film has for it, I think I'm right in my confidence with Justice League and my disappointment with TMNT.
12:04PM on 04/23/2013
Hes got a point. Cant praise one movie and bash another before seeing at least a trailer for them both.
Hes got a point. Cant praise one movie and bash another before seeing at least a trailer for them both.
12:28PM on 04/23/2013
Well he's seen the trailer for Man of Steel, so he's met half your requirement already. But his "consider the talent" point is still valid. Imagine a hypothetical scenario where James Cameron and Uwe Boll both announce they are working on new movie projects. Which one do you think is more likely to be better?
Well he's seen the trailer for Man of Steel, so he's met half your requirement already. But his "consider the talent" point is still valid. Imagine a hypothetical scenario where James Cameron and Uwe Boll both announce they are working on new movie projects. Which one do you think is more likely to be better?
12:51PM on 04/23/2013
i can tell you right now tmnt is going to blow, wish it wouldn't i love the turtles and grew up with them, but lets be real, its going to blow
i can tell you right now tmnt is going to blow, wish it wouldn't i love the turtles and grew up with them, but lets be real, its going to blow
6:21PM on 04/23/2013
but its Snyder and bay. That's who he has got to compare. Both had hits and both had misses.
but its Snyder and bay. That's who he has got to compare. Both had hits and both had misses.
8:15AM on 04/23/2013

The bad news is...

... that the Gangster Squad writer is writing Justice League. Gangster Squad was all style, no substance.
I saw that he also wrote some Castle episodes, which I quite like. But Justice League is no tv-show.
... that the Gangster Squad writer is writing Justice League. Gangster Squad was all style, no substance.
I saw that he also wrote some Castle episodes, which I quite like. But Justice League is no tv-show.
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10:09AM on 04/23/2013
Actually, the script by Will Beall was scrapped. Reportedly, it was terrible. [link]
Actually, the script by Will Beall was scrapped. Reportedly, it was terrible. [link]
8:15AM on 04/23/2013
I would have no problem with Snyder doing Justice League. Anybody but Goyer, really. Let's just say that Blade Trinity is the only Blade movie that I don't own... and for good reason.
I would have no problem with Snyder doing Justice League. Anybody but Goyer, really. Let's just say that Blade Trinity is the only Blade movie that I don't own... and for good reason.
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8:15AM on 04/23/2013
I'd be happy if Snyder was doing JL....with Nolan behind him producing. Since Nolan isn't involved however, not sure Snyder is the best pick. I know he probably wouldn't take it but I'd give it to Edgar Wright.
I'd be happy if Snyder was doing JL....with Nolan behind him producing. Since Nolan isn't involved however, not sure Snyder is the best pick. I know he probably wouldn't take it but I'd give it to Edgar Wright.
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