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JLA is CGI? OMG, WTF!

08.22.2007
The fansite community has been animated lately with random hypotheses about the proposed JUSTICE LEAGUE movie (further fed by recent statements from Christian Bale and Ryan Reynolds). But here's a bizarre (Bizarro?) new wrinkle in the space-time continuum: will the gathering of beloved superheroes (and Aquaman) be computer-generated?

That's the latest rumor from the grapevine-munchers at IESB, who claim that the JLA movie that Warner Bros. is hurrying into the pipe is actually going through countless high-speed processors before arriving in theaters. The gossip is that the movie will utilize the same (reasonably) realistic "performance capture" technique as THE POLAR EXPRESS and WB's own impending BEOWULF feature.

Some of that math adds up -- George Miller is the name commonly dropped for directing duties, and he has action experience (THE ROAD WARRIOR) as well as CGI (HAPPY FEET). The accelerated prep time-frame due to strike panic wouldn't affect it as much, since the vast majority of the movie would consist of post-production digital rendering. It would make sense that Bale and Brandon Routh would not be portraying their costumed counterparts, as has been stated or speculated. And without casting (or re-casting) any roles with actual human flesh, future solo sequels (BATMAN, SUPERMAN) franchises such as WONDER WOMAN and THE FLASH remain relatively unaffected.

However, here's where you can pour on the sodium. Warners supposedly wanted the movie as their 2009 summer tentpole, and the animation process would likely shove that date deep into the next year. And while it could potentially allow for more visual zowie, the format is still essentially unproven from a box office perspective (POLAR EXPRESS made bank, but so does a lot of holiday-themed garbage). Or the rumor could have some truth but was misconstrued or mangled -- it's possible the movie could be live-action but just have certain characters that will use the process Gollum-style.

At this point, facts are harder to find than Booster Gold fans, so we'll see what shakes out. Let's just hope it turns out better than that JUSTICE LEAGUE television pilot from a few years back.
Extra Tidbit: Actor Michael Rosenbaum has some DC duality: he plays villian Lex Luthor on SMALLVILLE and voices The Flash on the animated JUSTICE LEAGUE series.
Source: IESB

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8:32PM on 08/24/2007

yeah

...because the animated superhero films just suck so hard. The only really good storytelling of so many of these characters have been animated. What was the only really good Batman film before BATMAN BEGINS? MASK OF THE PHANTASM. The recently-released Marvel Animated films (with the exception of IRON MAN) have been really quite good and several times better than the last several live-action films that Marvel's let loose on an unsuspecting public (X3, SPIDEY 3, both FF films, BLADE 3, ELEKTRA).
...because the animated superhero films just suck so hard. The only really good storytelling of so many of these characters have been animated. What was the only really good Batman film before BATMAN BEGINS? MASK OF THE PHANTASM. The recently-released Marvel Animated films (with the exception of IRON MAN) have been really quite good and several times better than the last several live-action films that Marvel's let loose on an unsuspecting public (X3, SPIDEY 3, both FF films, BLADE 3, ELEKTRA). Their success-to-failure ratio has been leaning too hard in the direction of failure so let's give something else a try. But I have to admit I'm still giggling about the Darth Sidious underwear. I'll have to put on my Darth Maul boxers now.
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2:10PM on 08/24/2007

U JUST GOT SHOT...DEAD!!!

Point taken..."yaayy, convincing flying...yaayy Flash moves fast...yayy Plastic Man, Green Arrow, Capt Atom...oh so real!!!!"...ITS STILL F*ING CGI!!! whats so convincing or real about it? whats its difference from any other CGI movies outthere? I'm all for the good roles and storylines. But i've personally had enough animated superhero flicks, so release it on an STD (Straight To DVD for my used-to-toons friend deadshot ;) flick, and spare me the MOTS (More Of The Same) effect. And, I WILL
Point taken..."yaayy, convincing flying...yaayy Flash moves fast...yayy Plastic Man, Green Arrow, Capt Atom...oh so real!!!!"...ITS STILL F*ING CGI!!! whats so convincing or real about it? whats its difference from any other CGI movies outthere? I'm all for the good roles and storylines. But i've personally had enough animated superhero flicks, so release it on an STD (Straight To DVD for my used-to-toons friend deadshot ;) flick, and spare me the MOTS (More Of The Same) effect. And, I WILL become the most powerful Jedi, I know I cant stop the creation of beautiful CGI movies, but I can certainly give you a Force-Induced seizure once you see my Darth Sidious underwear, dont ever tell me to grow up...
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7:05AM on 08/24/2007
All I will say is, if they're doing JLA as cgi, make it Alex Ross's Justice League. That would be fucking awesome and i'd have zero complaints.
All I will say is, if they're doing JLA as cgi, make it Alex Ross's Justice League. That would be fucking awesome and i'd have zero complaints.
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8:50PM on 08/23/2007

I would expect whining

with someone who uses AnakinSkywalker as a handle. "Waah, I should be the greatest jedi ever so I can stop CGI motion capture films!" People, grow the fuck up. CGI is NOT going to replace live actors in our lifetimes. People are still going to want to see real people doing real things. Personally, I think this idea is fucking fantastic. Think of all the REALLY cool things you could show with this... a badass J'onn J'onnz, a GL with really cool ring constructs, a Flash that really moves fast, a
with someone who uses AnakinSkywalker as a handle. "Waah, I should be the greatest jedi ever so I can stop CGI motion capture films!" People, grow the fuck up. CGI is NOT going to replace live actors in our lifetimes. People are still going to want to see real people doing real things. Personally, I think this idea is fucking fantastic. Think of all the REALLY cool things you could show with this... a badass J'onn J'onnz, a GL with really cool ring constructs, a Flash that really moves fast, a Hawkman... or girl that really looks like they're flying convincingly, or Plastic Man or Green Arrow or Captain Atom... whoever they want can be done so much cooler with CG. And to anyone out there hating on the JL or JLU toons, wow, do you have zero taste.
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5:21PM on 08/23/2007

all i need to say is...

I've never had to sign in to simply strike back on a headline...until now! this is freakin preposterous!!!! UNACCEPTABLE BULLs***!!! Is this what the future has in place for movies? should we say good bye to live action movies and hello to a lifetime of Polar Express, Shrek, Beowolf, and Happy Feet??!!!! To be entertain by 3d cartoon? No longer look up to the actor as the actual hero? Not maybe in reality, but at least in the deep sad space of our minds??? Hello CGI, it appears you're here to
I've never had to sign in to simply strike back on a headline...until now! this is freakin preposterous!!!! UNACCEPTABLE BULLs***!!! Is this what the future has in place for movies? should we say good bye to live action movies and hello to a lifetime of Polar Express, Shrek, Beowolf, and Happy Feet??!!!! To be entertain by 3d cartoon? No longer look up to the actor as the actual hero? Not maybe in reality, but at least in the deep sad space of our minds??? Hello CGI, it appears you're here to stay...gimme a second while i help myself to a roofie...maybe this way i'll appreciate you better. Gdamitt Hollywood!!!! If i wanted to see a cartoon...I WOULD'VE WAITED FOR IT TO APPEAR ON CARTOON NETWORK!!!!
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3:00PM on 08/23/2007
An all CGI JLA movie would be terrible, its just too large a film to do CGI. Now if only some charcters were CGI that would be understandable i.e. Martian Manhunter.

I actully like Booster Gold for all the reasons that make him an asshole.
An all CGI JLA movie would be terrible, its just too large a film to do CGI. Now if only some charcters were CGI that would be understandable i.e. Martian Manhunter.

I actully like Booster Gold for all the reasons that make him an asshole.
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1:18PM on 08/23/2007

Alex Ross?

Yeah, use his stuff, because we want to watch a bunch of middle-aged heroes. Ross is cool, but other than that one Joker image, I wouldn't call any of his takes "definitive".

However, I wouldn't mind seeing a completely animated take.
Yeah, use his stuff, because we want to watch a bunch of middle-aged heroes. Ross is cool, but other than that one Joker image, I wouldn't call any of his takes "definitive".

However, I wouldn't mind seeing a completely animated take.
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6:46AM on 08/23/2007
I seriously doubt this movie will ever get made, too big, too complicated, too ambitious, in fact.....I'm just gonna say it, this will never get made. We don't need a Justice League movie
I seriously doubt this movie will ever get made, too big, too complicated, too ambitious, in fact.....I'm just gonna say it, this will never get made. We don't need a Justice League movie
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2:09AM on 08/23/2007
This really is the only way to go at this point. So my next question would be: Will they use the likeness of Bale, Routh, and/or Reynolds? Their voices?
This really is the only way to go at this point. So my next question would be: Will they use the likeness of Bale, Routh, and/or Reynolds? Their voices?
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1:10AM on 08/23/2007

Hmmm

The idea of a comic book CGI movie does peak my intrest, but not a JLA one. Still a bad idea anyway you slice or shoot it.

I wanna see, The Goon on the big screen or a screen. CGI, I think would be a good place to consider it. It always had that kinda feel to it.
The idea of a comic book CGI movie does peak my intrest, but not a JLA one. Still a bad idea anyway you slice or shoot it.

I wanna see, The Goon on the big screen or a screen. CGI, I think would be a good place to consider it. It always had that kinda feel to it.
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12:34AM on 08/23/2007

BOOSTER GOLD

is awesome.

As for a CGI/animated/whatever JLA movie?...I'm intrigued...I don't know if it'll work, or if it'll ever happen, but I must say I'm intrigued.....All I have to say is, if they do go the CGI route, then they should have Kevin Conroy do the voice for batman. Hell, they could even have him do the motion capture stuff, and just beef him up, and make him look younger in post.
is awesome.

As for a CGI/animated/whatever JLA movie?...I'm intrigued...I don't know if it'll work, or if it'll ever happen, but I must say I'm intrigued.....All I have to say is, if they do go the CGI route, then they should have Kevin Conroy do the voice for batman. Hell, they could even have him do the motion capture stuff, and just beef him up, and make him look younger in post.
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12:02AM on 08/23/2007

Bout Time

I think some Comic movies should be CGI or Animated for that matter on a big budget. Not all of them have to be done Live Action that way they can stick close to the material as possible and don't have to change things to 'fit' on the big screen. I say bring it.
I think some Comic movies should be CGI or Animated for that matter on a big budget. Not all of them have to be done Live Action that way they can stick close to the material as possible and don't have to change things to 'fit' on the big screen. I say bring it.
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12:00AM on 08/23/2007

Bout Time

I think some Comic movies should be CGI or Animated for that matter on a big budget. Not all of them have to be done Live Action that way they can stick close to the material as possible and don't have to change things to 'fit' on the big screen. I say bring it.
I think some Comic movies should be CGI or Animated for that matter on a big budget. Not all of them have to be done Live Action that way they can stick close to the material as possible and don't have to change things to 'fit' on the big screen. I say bring it.
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11:36PM on 08/22/2007

alex ross

if they plan on doing it 'polar express' style WB needs to use alex ross' designs. period. i've said this a few times on these boards. it'll please the fanboys with THE definitive look of each jla member and they are the iconic look that the general public is accustumed to. also the character designs won't look horrible like tmnt.



if they plan on doing it 'polar express' style WB needs to use alex ross' designs. period. i've said this a few times on these boards. it'll please the fanboys with THE definitive look of each jla member and they are the iconic look that the general public is accustumed to. also the character designs won't look horrible like tmnt.



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10:35PM on 08/22/2007

No Thanks

I like most all the live action super hero flicks, and was looking forward to seeing what they could do with JLA.. I have ZERO interest in a CGI flick... They won't get my $$$ for that crap!
I like most all the live action super hero flicks, and was looking forward to seeing what they could do with JLA.. I have ZERO interest in a CGI flick... They won't get my $$$ for that crap!
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10:16PM on 08/22/2007

Warner, eat shit

A CGI movie? That's equally interesting as the fucking JL cartoon, nothing? I have to admit it would've been worse with live actors. Mid 90's all over again.
A CGI movie? That's equally interesting as the fucking JL cartoon, nothing? I have to admit it would've been worse with live actors. Mid 90's all over again.
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10:11PM on 08/22/2007

RE: pteK

Oh shut up pteK. I love cinema just as much as the next film-lover, but some films were never meant to be live-action. I pray and wish that JLA is a CGI film. I really do.
Oh shut up pteK. I love cinema just as much as the next film-lover, but some films were never meant to be live-action. I pray and wish that JLA is a CGI film. I really do.
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10:00PM on 08/22/2007

good.


Hopefully this's true, so JLA won't interfere with Nolan's Bat-Films.

But while CGI would be good, that particular "Polar Express" technique is just creepier than hell...everyone just ends up looking like they've wandered in from "Night of the Living Dead".

Hopefully this's true, so JLA won't interfere with Nolan's Bat-Films.

But while CGI would be good, that particular "Polar Express" technique is just creepier than hell...everyone just ends up looking like they've wandered in from "Night of the Living Dead".
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9:08PM on 08/22/2007
I told you guys it would be CGI when you first posted the first JLA news.
I told you guys it would be CGI when you first posted the first JLA news.
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9:04PM on 08/22/2007

Good!

Animating this this is the ONLY way it could work. I just hope they don't go with the lousy art style the series uses.
Animating this this is the ONLY way it could work. I just hope they don't go with the lousy art style the series uses.
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8:57PM on 08/22/2007
This is enraging news.

CGI is the death of cinema.
This is enraging news.

CGI is the death of cinema.
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8:32PM on 08/22/2007

Did I call that or what?


Wow. Someone better hire me, quick. I'm on fire.

Wow. Someone better hire me, quick. I'm on fire.
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8:28PM on 08/22/2007
I'd prefer it to be CG. I wasn't all that into the X-men movies mainly cause the cast (except Stuart of course) were distracting. And the action was so under par for the X-men movies. I think a fully CG comic movie will have the most amazing and seamless action in it.

As long as it's a high quality CG treatment I'm totally down.
I'd prefer it to be CG. I wasn't all that into the X-men movies mainly cause the cast (except Stuart of course) were distracting. And the action was so under par for the X-men movies. I think a fully CG comic movie will have the most amazing and seamless action in it.

As long as it's a high quality CG treatment I'm totally down.
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