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Justice League source material revealed? Plus, Chris Nolan reacts to Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumors

Dec. 13, 2012by:

There's been almost no detail spilled other than a release date of 2015 for the planned JUSTICE LEAGUE movie from Warner Bros.  Although screenwriter Will Beale has been tapped to conjure up a kick ass story for the film, the pic is still without a director or cast (that we know of, anyway), which leaves us very little to get jazzed for other than the hope that it will deliver a worthy team up of DC's integral superheroes. 

Now, Latino Review has the rumor of where the source material is being drawn from, specifically which comics.  The comics in question?  Justice League of America #183-185, which "involves Darkseid planning the destruction of Earth by blasting it with a ray that’ll move Apokolips into the Earth’s place."

Latino Review broke the news that Darkseid would be the villain in the film (for those that aren't aware, think of him as DC's Thanos...or vice versa), so there's room to believe that their source may, in fact, be correct.  However, without a peep from official DC or Warner Bros. sources, it's hard to know what to believe.  Personally, I'm thinking they're still trying to figure out what the hell to do.  But, that's just me.

On another note, director Christopher Nolan was confronted by Movieline with the recent rumor of Joseph Gordon-Levitt portraying the Dark Knight and/or possibly showing up for a cameo in next summer's MAN OF STEEL.  Nolan, ever the cryptic deflector, said only this, with a "Cheshire smile": "I can't talk about that.  You know that."

Sometimes no answer is exactly the one we're looking for.  Nolan didn't outright deny Gordon-Levitt's involvement, but being the masterful rumor jouster that he is, the elusive director could be applying one of his esteemed magic acts by deflecting and misdirecting us.  At this stage in the game, Nolan must have this game mastered.  Still, with director Zack Snyder's recent comments about MAN OF STEEL being "on course" with the JUSTICE LEAGUE film, I have a very good feeling that we won't just be witnessing Superman's origin in the upcoming film, but will be directly led into the next big thing, aka JUSTICE LEAGUE.

JUSTICE LEAGUE is set for release sometime in 2015, while MAN OF STEEL starts bringing the heat on June 14, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Could Gordon-Levitt be making an appearance as John Blake instead of Batman in Man of Steel? Let your speculation rain from the clouds!
Source: Latino Review

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3:31PM on 12/15/2012
They'll either have to leave a whole bunch of villains and heroes out or cram a bunch of characters in without a backstory. Firestorm, Doctor Fate, Power Girl, Huntress, Big Barda, Metron, Mister Miracle, Oberon, Shade, Icycle, and Wonder Woman all have a major part in these issues and don't have a movie to tell their backstory. You also have a bunch of items that get used that nobody will know without an explanation such as the Motherbox, Amulet of Anubis, Cloak of Destiny, Boom-Tubes, and
They'll either have to leave a whole bunch of villains and heroes out or cram a bunch of characters in without a backstory. Firestorm, Doctor Fate, Power Girl, Huntress, Big Barda, Metron, Mister Miracle, Oberon, Shade, Icycle, and Wonder Woman all have a major part in these issues and don't have a movie to tell their backstory. You also have a bunch of items that get used that nobody will know without an explanation such as the Motherbox, Amulet of Anubis, Cloak of Destiny, Boom-Tubes, and the Helmet of Fate. I want to see a Justice League movie like everyone else does, but I just don't want a storyline that has to cram a lot of important info in to a 2 hour movie.
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9:29AM on 12/14/2012

agree with Jeff Knite

please, cut the shit with the whole DON'TCONNECT ANYTHING TO THE NOLAN BATMAN TRILOGY because Nolan Batman universe is so realistic.really?its so realistic that Batman doesnt get paralysed even though he got his spine broken.and if they are planning JLA film for 2015,how the hell can they establish all the main characters in just 2-3years.i dont hav much problem in watching JGL character as Batman.his character also share some similarities with batman.but its upto Nolan,WB,DC to figure out how
please, cut the shit with the whole DON'TCONNECT ANYTHING TO THE NOLAN BATMAN TRILOGY because Nolan Batman universe is so realistic.really?its so realistic that Batman doesnt get paralysed even though he got his spine broken.and if they are planning JLA film for 2015,how the hell can they establish all the main characters in just 2-3years.i dont hav much problem in watching JGL character as Batman.his character also share some similarities with batman.but its upto Nolan,WB,DC to figure out how to make it work,if they really want JGL as Batman
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9:09AM on 12/14/2012
Can we get Michael Keaton back to reprise his role as an older arrogant Batman?
Can we get Michael Keaton back to reprise his role as an older arrogant Batman?
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1:01AM on 12/14/2012
At this point, anything is possible. Nevertheless, if this report is real, that would be one hell of a plot for Justice League movie.
At this point, anything is possible. Nevertheless, if this report is real, that would be one hell of a plot for Justice League movie.
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10:51PM on 12/13/2012

Fanboy Purist Scum

The fanboys, film nerds, and comic purists need to go off the page and see the medium for what it is: an open invitation to new and (possibly) exciting ideas!
I've heard the complaint that JGL would ruin a JUSTICE LEAGUE movie because its not the original vision. Well, give me a break and cry me a river. Nolan hasn't steered you wrong yet, why not just keep an open mind and see where the journey takes you.
The film world could use a little originality, even when it come to a beloved fanboy
The fanboys, film nerds, and comic purists need to go off the page and see the medium for what it is: an open invitation to new and (possibly) exciting ideas!
I've heard the complaint that JGL would ruin a JUSTICE LEAGUE movie because its not the original vision. Well, give me a break and cry me a river. Nolan hasn't steered you wrong yet, why not just keep an open mind and see where the journey takes you.
The film world could use a little originality, even when it come to a beloved fanboy title like, Justice League.
Especially then.
Go with the flow, and stop bitching. You might just surprise yourself.
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12:52AM on 12/14/2012
Nolan has "steered me wrong". I don't like his vision and his take on Batman and Batman's world. I am of those who wants to see Clark AND Bruce, yes BRUCE together on screen. Not some other Batman. Bruce Wayne. If DC/WB really are gonna make a JLA movie, then I am of those who feels like they should do it right. And to us right = Clark and Bruce interacting, live action, on the big screen!
Nolan has "steered me wrong". I don't like his vision and his take on Batman and Batman's world. I am of those who wants to see Clark AND Bruce, yes BRUCE together on screen. Not some other Batman. Bruce Wayne. If DC/WB really are gonna make a JLA movie, then I am of those who feels like they should do it right. And to us right = Clark and Bruce interacting, live action, on the big screen!
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10:26PM on 12/13/2012
I really want to enjoy this movie, I'm more interested in seeing Justice League than Avengers 2( I love both Marvel and DC) but I want my Batman to be Bruce Wayne, nothing against JGL but he isn't Bruce, having him be named Robin was just a cop out by Nolan and I can't see him going up against Darkseid like batman has in the animated universe. Give us a new Batman with no connection to Nolan's trilogy and if they must, they can use the first ten-twenty mins of the film to show short
I really want to enjoy this movie, I'm more interested in seeing Justice League than Avengers 2( I love both Marvel and DC) but I want my Batman to be Bruce Wayne, nothing against JGL but he isn't Bruce, having him be named Robin was just a cop out by Nolan and I can't see him going up against Darkseid like batman has in the animated universe. Give us a new Batman with no connection to Nolan's trilogy and if they must, they can use the first ten-twenty mins of the film to show short introductions of Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Flash. DC has done a great job with their animated universe, I wish they would use some of that talent to translate that quality to the live actin films.
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9:46PM on 12/13/2012
I think the main reason out of quite a few that John Blake wouldn't work as Batman in a Justice League film is that he'd probably get along too well with everyone. Batman is an anti-social creature, and that's why he works so well as a member of the team - he isn't a team-player but is co-erced into situations where he has to be. And his inherent mistrust of everybody brings about things like the Tower of Babel storyline. Batman has to be the outcast.
I think the main reason out of quite a few that John Blake wouldn't work as Batman in a Justice League film is that he'd probably get along too well with everyone. Batman is an anti-social creature, and that's why he works so well as a member of the team - he isn't a team-player but is co-erced into situations where he has to be. And his inherent mistrust of everybody brings about things like the Tower of Babel storyline. Batman has to be the outcast.
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8:54PM on 12/13/2012

Double post

Or bizzaro-post.
Or bizzaro-post.
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8:32PM on 12/13/2012
The main reason the Superman/Batman dynamic works so well is because they are so different in almost every aspect. Batman is actually the superior being in that he goes toe to toe with these Gods and holds his own. He's the whole backbone of the JLA. And please, cut the shit with the whole DON'T CONNECT ANYTHING TO THE NOLAN BATMAN TRILOGY BECAUSE IT'S SACRED. These are movies. If anything, It makes it cooler if the JLA film is derived from a trilogy that was grounded in reality. IRONMAN did it
The main reason the Superman/Batman dynamic works so well is because they are so different in almost every aspect. Batman is actually the superior being in that he goes toe to toe with these Gods and holds his own. He's the whole backbone of the JLA. And please, cut the shit with the whole DON'T CONNECT ANYTHING TO THE NOLAN BATMAN TRILOGY BECAUSE IT'S SACRED. These are movies. If anything, It makes it cooler if the JLA film is derived from a trilogy that was grounded in reality. IRONMAN did it for AVENGERS and it worked. Also, superman could not have just flown in there and beat up Bane and saved the day. Nobody knew who was holding the trigger to the bomb and Talia would have blown up Gotham had they had any idea Superman was even thinking of flying by. He would have no choice but to wait to the last possible second to swoop in and save Batman.
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8:29PM on 12/13/2012
The main reason the Superman/Batman dynamic works so well is because they are so different in almost every aspect. Batman is actually the superior being in that he goes toe to toe with these Gods and holds his own. He's the whole backbone of the JLA. And please, cut the shit with the whole DON'T CONNECT ANYTHING TO THE NOLAN BATMAN TRILOGY BECAUSE IT'S SACRED. These are movies. If anything, It makes it cooler if the JLA film is derived from a trilogy that was grounded in reality. IRONMAN did it
The main reason the Superman/Batman dynamic works so well is because they are so different in almost every aspect. Batman is actually the superior being in that he goes toe to toe with these Gods and holds his own. He's the whole backbone of the JLA. And please, cut the shit with the whole DON'T CONNECT ANYTHING TO THE NOLAN BATMAN TRILOGY BECAUSE IT'S SACRED. These are movies. If anything, It makes it cooler if the JLA film is derived from a trilogy that was grounded in reality. IRONMAN did it for AVENGERS and it worked. Also, superman could not have just flown in there and beat up Bane and saved the day. Nobody knew who was holding the trigger to the bomb and Talia would have blown up Gotham had they had any idea Superman was even thinking of flying by. He would have no choice but to wait to the last possible second to swoop in and save Batman.
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7:50PM on 12/13/2012
After seeing the Man of Steel trailer, I'd prefer an awesome self-contained Superman trilogy over a lead in for the Justice League. Something more like the Dark Knight trilogy. There is so much to explore with Superman that hasn't been done on the big screen yet.
After seeing the Man of Steel trailer, I'd prefer an awesome self-contained Superman trilogy over a lead in for the Justice League. Something more like the Dark Knight trilogy. There is so much to explore with Superman that hasn't been done on the big screen yet.
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6:02PM on 12/13/2012

No.

So... you've got Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, some other random hero, plus bad guy Thanos (oops, I mean Darkseid), and assuming Ryan Reynolds is returning, that's only 2 good guys who don't require an explanation of origin... which means you have to balance the origins of up to 5 hero characters, plus the motivations of some big bad who the majority of audience members aren't familiar with (myself included). Can you say "clusterfuck"? Please WB, leave it alone.
So... you've got Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, some other random hero, plus bad guy Thanos (oops, I mean Darkseid), and assuming Ryan Reynolds is returning, that's only 2 good guys who don't require an explanation of origin... which means you have to balance the origins of up to 5 hero characters, plus the motivations of some big bad who the majority of audience members aren't familiar with (myself included). Can you say "clusterfuck"? Please WB, leave it alone.
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5:10PM on 12/13/2012

ummm....

... maybe Man of Steel takes place 10+ years after TDKR. Where John Blake has had an opportunity to receive intense training directly from Bruce Wayne. Then after Man of Steel, Clark Kent meets up with John Blake (who has now assumed the identity of Batman and Bruce Wayne). So you have Justice league with JGL playing Batman/Bruce Wayne. nah, that's retarded.
... maybe Man of Steel takes place 10+ years after TDKR. Where John Blake has had an opportunity to receive intense training directly from Bruce Wayne. Then after Man of Steel, Clark Kent meets up with John Blake (who has now assumed the identity of Batman and Bruce Wayne). So you have Justice league with JGL playing Batman/Bruce Wayne. nah, that's retarded.
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4:54PM on 12/13/2012
No JGL for this flick. I want my batman to be bruce and have nothing to do with nolans, not because Nolans film are perfect but because they arnt perfect. While nolans batman is awesome in its own way I want a Batman that alot more closer in the comics. I want batman to be beating alien scum while solving crimes.
No JGL for this flick. I want my batman to be bruce and have nothing to do with nolans, not because Nolans film are perfect but because they arnt perfect. While nolans batman is awesome in its own way I want a Batman that alot more closer in the comics. I want batman to be beating alien scum while solving crimes.
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4:10PM on 12/13/2012

I agree with DeshBouksani

Check out this hilarious video of Bane freestyling in the TDKR! The voice sounds perfect! [link]
Check out this hilarious video of Bane freestyling in the TDKR! The voice sounds perfect! [link]
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4:15PM on 12/13/2012
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4:01PM on 12/13/2012

I can't help it.

I can't help but laugh now when I hear the words "I'm Batman". It reminds me of the series of cartoons made by HISHE ( How It Should Have Ended) where Batman and Superman are in the cafe and Batman is constantly reminding Supes that he's Batman.... (Gravely voice) "I'm Batman".
If you haven't seen HISHE then type it into the old YouTube. There's heaps of movies they take the piss out of. ... Enjoy.
I can't help but laugh now when I hear the words "I'm Batman". It reminds me of the series of cartoons made by HISHE ( How It Should Have Ended) where Batman and Superman are in the cafe and Batman is constantly reminding Supes that he's Batman.... (Gravely voice) "I'm Batman".
If you haven't seen HISHE then type it into the old YouTube. There's heaps of movies they take the piss out of. ... Enjoy.
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4:01PM on 12/13/2012

Please no connection

between Nolans batman movies or/and man of steel.
Nolans movies really are stand alone movies, it would be weird if justice league is in the same world and it would also be stupid if its not bruce wayne playing batman in the jl movie.
For superman its to soon, maybe atleast one more movie before stepping in a jl movie, it also seems man of steel will be more serious and darker so they cannot go the avengers way with the jl movie, the new superman in a light movie would seem strange.
between Nolans batman movies or/and man of steel.
Nolans movies really are stand alone movies, it would be weird if justice league is in the same world and it would also be stupid if its not bruce wayne playing batman in the jl movie.
For superman its to soon, maybe atleast one more movie before stepping in a jl movie, it also seems man of steel will be more serious and darker so they cannot go the avengers way with the jl movie, the new superman in a light movie would seem strange.
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3:01PM on 12/13/2012

"Marion Cotillard is Miranda Tate & NOT Talia Al Ghul"... "As long as i'm directing, I'll never use Robin".

subtle misdirection?
...riiiiight.
subtle misdirection?
...riiiiight.
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2:44PM on 12/13/2012
I agree with Nowheredan136, that The Dark Knight Trilogy is a stand alone world. As for Nolan's asnwer, he's always been brief and mysteries, but that doesn't mean he's keeping something or making our questions rhetorical.
I agree with Nowheredan136, that The Dark Knight Trilogy is a stand alone world. As for Nolan's asnwer, he's always been brief and mysteries, but that doesn't mean he's keeping something or making our questions rhetorical.
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2:43PM on 12/13/2012

I love JGL but its the wrong way to go for a JL movie...

If JGL comes on as Bruce Wayne then sure, but to have him play Robin, playing Batman is stupid. I love Nolan and everything he did for Batman, but for Justice League there needs to be Batman and Bruce Wayne. Bruce is the real attraction, he has the skills after training years in the LoS. JGL played a cop named Robin who has the average skills of a rent a cop.
If JGL comes on as Bruce Wayne then sure, but to have him play Robin, playing Batman is stupid. I love Nolan and everything he did for Batman, but for Justice League there needs to be Batman and Bruce Wayne. Bruce is the real attraction, he has the skills after training years in the LoS. JGL played a cop named Robin who has the average skills of a rent a cop.
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2:21PM on 12/13/2012

Enough

Nolan's trilogy is a stand-alone universe. Part of what Nolan set up and why we love his films, is that they are set in reality. There are no supernatural elements to be found. To link it with the justice league movie would deconstruct the whole integritiy Nolan tried to set up. I would love to see JGL play Flash, and cast someone new as Bruce Wayne/Batman (Michael Fassbender?)
Nolan's trilogy is a stand-alone universe. Part of what Nolan set up and why we love his films, is that they are set in reality. There are no supernatural elements to be found. To link it with the justice league movie would deconstruct the whole integritiy Nolan tried to set up. I would love to see JGL play Flash, and cast someone new as Bruce Wayne/Batman (Michael Fassbender?)
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2:43PM on 12/13/2012
someone actually tried to convince me that in Man of Steel, they will reveal that Superman saved Batman at the end of Dark Knight Rises. He flew in and saved him at the last second.

seriously?

if that were the case, then why didnt Superman do that in the 3 months the city was being held hostage. Once you add superman to this world, Batman is made to be a pointless character. This Batman can't even beat Bane in a one on one, how would he match against someone faster than a speeding bullet
someone actually tried to convince me that in Man of Steel, they will reveal that Superman saved Batman at the end of Dark Knight Rises. He flew in and saved him at the last second.

seriously?

if that were the case, then why didnt Superman do that in the 3 months the city was being held hostage. Once you add superman to this world, Batman is made to be a pointless character. This Batman can't even beat Bane in a one on one, how would he match against someone faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive. They need a new batman
8:27PM on 12/13/2012
Do you even read comics?! The main reason the Superman/Batman dynamic works so well is because they are so different in almost every aspect. Batman is actually the superior being in that he goes toe to toe with these Gods and holds his own. He's the whole backbone of the JLA. And please, cut the shit with the whole DON'T CONNECT ANYTHING TO THE NOLAN BATMAN TRILOGY BECAUSE IT'S SACRED. These are movies. If anything, It makes it cooler if the JLA film is derived from a trilogy that was grounded
Do you even read comics?! The main reason the Superman/Batman dynamic works so well is because they are so different in almost every aspect. Batman is actually the superior being in that he goes toe to toe with these Gods and holds his own. He's the whole backbone of the JLA. And please, cut the shit with the whole DON'T CONNECT ANYTHING TO THE NOLAN BATMAN TRILOGY BECAUSE IT'S SACRED. These are movies. If anything, It makes it cooler if the JLA film is derived from a trilogy that was grounded in reality. IRONMAN did it for AVENGERS and it worked. Also, superman could not have just flown in there and beat up Bane and saved the day. Nobody knew who was holding the trigger to the bomb and Talia would have blown up Gotham had they had any idea Superman was even thinking of flying by. He would have no choice but to wait to the last possible second to swoop in and save Batman.
1:57PM on 12/13/2012
Based on the new Man of Steel trailer, I think it's possible they could graft Superman into the Nolan Universe version of Batman. Having Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a less psychologically tortured Batman would help lighten the proceedings a little bit.

They still need to recast the Green Lantern though and not make Wonder Woman completely retarded. Her outfit WILL NOT work if you want people to take the character seriously.
Based on the new Man of Steel trailer, I think it's possible they could graft Superman into the Nolan Universe version of Batman. Having Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing a less psychologically tortured Batman would help lighten the proceedings a little bit.

They still need to recast the Green Lantern though and not make Wonder Woman completely retarded. Her outfit WILL NOT work if you want people to take the character seriously.
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1:55PM on 12/13/2012
If they use JGL in JLA (?) they should have him adamant that his name is Nightwing, but to his chagrin everyone calls him Batman throughout the movie. Then at the end when he defeats Darkseid, Darkseid asks "Who is the puny human who could actually defeat the mighty Darkseid?" to which JGL replies, "I'm Batman". That would be so sweet.
And if you think that's stupid, I agree, just like having JGL as Blake-Batman instead of Christian Bale.
If they use JGL in JLA (?) they should have him adamant that his name is Nightwing, but to his chagrin everyone calls him Batman throughout the movie. Then at the end when he defeats Darkseid, Darkseid asks "Who is the puny human who could actually defeat the mighty Darkseid?" to which JGL replies, "I'm Batman". That would be so sweet.
And if you think that's stupid, I agree, just like having JGL as Blake-Batman instead of Christian Bale.
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3:29PM on 12/13/2012
I, for one, want to apologize to you. I downvoted as soon as I read "...replies, I'm Batman", before finishing your blurb. I wish I could take it back...

Well played sir...
I, for one, want to apologize to you. I downvoted as soon as I read "...replies, I'm Batman", before finishing your blurb. I wish I could take it back...

Well played sir...
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