Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Warner Bros Justice League movie back on?

Well, who didn't see this coming? Variety reports that Warner Bros have hired Will Beall, screenwriter of upcoming projects Gangster Squad, the Lethal Weapon re-boot and a re-make of Logan's Run, to pen a script for a Justice League movie. After the defunct attempt to bring a Justice League movie starring Armie Hammer as Batman, Adam Brody as Flash and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, a few years back due to 'tax problems' and the writer's strike (read: they didn't think it was workable), it's not really a surprise that the huge box-office success of The Avengers has Warner considering the prospect of putting this film together.

There are signs that it could work- Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy is coming to an end, so Batman could easily be -re-cast without causing confusion and nobody really remembers Green Lantern's foray onto the big screen. It would be interesting to see what happens with the new Superman film next year and whether they decide to use Henry Cavill to play Supes in a Justice League movie- should it go ahead.

I do think the logistics of putting a Justice League movie together are much more difficult than something like The Avengers, simply because the characters are more deeply ingrained in the public consciousness. Not having pre-conceptions of who Thor and Hawkeye are can work in The Avengers favour, but most people have an awareness of who Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are. Putting them all on screen at the same time would require a special dexterity.

UPDATE: Mark Millar posted the following on Millarworld: 'A pal of mine is good friends with the new Justice League screenwriter and said his take on the team is incredible. Very real-world and not at all what you might expect. WB has a chequered history with their superhero characters. They're great with their boy wizards, but less consistent with their DC stable. But my chum said that this could be a thing of beauty and has been in the works for a little while now, not just an avengers knock-off. Best of luck to them. The tidbits I heard sound quite dark and mature, which isn't what I expected. But word on Gangster Squad is great too so I feel this is in really good hands'

Make of that what you will.

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