Monday, January 14, 2008

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Justice League Movie Doomed to Die?

I've certainly been public about my resentment of the Justice League movie previously. I don't think I'm alone here when I say that almost everything seems bad about the project (well, not the costumes). More than anything I'm on Christopher Nolan's side, where I'm worried that it will tarnish the brilliance of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. But besides that, Warner Brothers is just doing it all wrong. They're making a Teen Titans movie with different actors (and thus different characters) and butchering it to hell with the typical Hollywood bullshit. However, an internal studio deadline is coming, and from the sounds of it, Justice League may be canned entirely!

The Hollywood Insider Blog on Entertainment Weekly posted this update last week:

"The ongoing WGA strike now has Warner Bros.' superhero bonanza Justice League of America in its crosshairs. A source tells Hollywood Insider that filmmakers would like another script rewrite and are now debating whether to begin shooting without one. The studio has a Jan. 15 deadline to either greenlight League for a spring production start — meaning a summer '09 release — or push it into the post-strike ether."

As Devin at CHUD also confirms via his source, nothing is going well and it's likely that it may not last too long. It sounds like everyone who might know anything about the project is saying that it's one hell of a mess. If you've been following anything on Justice League, you'll know that the casting has gone through some rough times. A couple months back it seemed like there would be a new casting rumor every day, and each new actor seemed to get worse and worse. And now 24 hours from the studio deadline, we still don't have 100% official casting confirmations!

To top that off, the Writers Strike is still in full force and that means nothing can be done about the script just yet. Husband and wife writers Michele and Kiernan Mulroney were originally assigned to pen the script. I would expect Warner Brothers to be smart enough not to just green light a terrible screenplay, but that's probably just a pipe dream. Now I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for the worst - I'm hoping that Warner Brothers decides that this is so screwed up that they may as well just toss it in the toilet and get rid of it once and for all. At least until a real filmmaker, like Christopher Nolan, brings it up again.

Obviously if anything big happens or any announcements are made tomorrow, January 15th, we'll be the first to bring them to you. Until then, let's pose a question - does anyone think this could actually make any money if they made it as planned? Would people go see a Teen Titans-like Justice League movie full of young actors and a half-assed story?

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Link - Comments - Alex Billington - Mon, 14 Jan 2008 03:34:48 GMT - Feed (2 subs)
User comment: By: avelanch
as for TCox's list of superheroes, I think that everything he said would be quite nice. also here are some suggestions: Ali Larter (Niki Sanders on heroes) as the black canary or Lori Loughlin (she played that part already in a single episode on the WB series birds of prey, though I'm not sure how well since I never saw it) Jason Statham as hawkman. It just seems like he would fit it well. as for aquaman, I'm not really sure. I wqas never really partial to aquaman and I would not have my feelings hurt if he were to not make an appearance.
User comment: By: avelanch
I think if they were going to do this movie they would need to use all the actors from their latest incarnations (batman begins, superman returns) and cast that generation of superhero's. I hope they really scrap this movie quickly and move on to making good superhero movies. I can't wait for The Dark Knight and I hope it turns out like Batman begins or better. and If it does, I really hope this turns into a long series of movies. speaking of which, I would like a sequel to superman returns.
User comment: By: Jedi
I agree. Comic-book/Superhero movies are finally getting some respect from movie-goers and critics. This movie, done this way, threatens to take the genre back to the same status it had back in the days of Howard The Duck. If you want to do a Teen Titans movie, do the Teen Titans. Leave JLA alone until you plan to do it right.
User comment: By: Daniel
I can get behind most of your cast TCox, all except Russel Crowe (who I do love also, but he just feels out of place somehow...but I probably wouldn't hate it...not as much as I hate the current Justice League cast anyway).
User comment: By: Daniel Sanders
I agree with Nathan, in that it would more than likely make money...who knows how much though depending on how much they spent actually making the garbage. But the prospect of this movie never seeing the light of day makes me excited. It's being handled all wrong. Me, I'm waiting excitedly for an Avengers movie.
User comment: By: TCox
I agree completely that this should never make it to the theaters. Without Routh as Superman, or Bale as Batman, this movie holds no credibility with me. I'm just happy to have bale return for "The Dark Knight". We went through too many men in the suit until Bale. We don't need another incarnation, period. Warners has to get it together, with a good script, and a better cast. Let's face it, there's no way a Justice League movie could be made that would work in the current Batman canon. But it if happened.... It's a pipe dream, but here's the cast I'd pick : Christian Bale - Batman (I personally think he's the definitive Batman for me, and I don't want to see anyone else in that suit) Brandon Routh - Superman (Routh wins by default, simply because I don't want to have to get used to another Superman, and he pulled off the best Christopher Reeve impersonation possible - if Routh is out, then give Tom Welling a shot, since he's been playing Clark Kent for the past 8 years) Jessica Biel - Wonder Woman (who better to play a fictional Goddess, than a real life one, plus the scene where she's suiting up in "Blade: Trinity" is almost like porn for me) Michael Jai White - John Stewart Green Lantern (besides the physical similarities to John Stewart on the animated Justice League, he was really good in the dreadful "Spawn" movie, and "Universal Soldier: The Return") Ryan Reynolds - The Flash (I really can't imagine anyone else pulling off the humor and ass kicking like Reynolds could, plus dude was ripped in "Blade: Trinity", so he'd fill the costume) Vin Deisel - Martian Manhunter (he's got that creepy deep voice that would be cool, bald head, and the guy really won me over with "Chronicles of Riddick", so the Sci-Fi geek in me wants to give him a shot) Russel Crowe - The Green Arrow (I'm sure I'll get some boo's on this but I'm still a huge Crowe fan, and I think he'd be great as the "anti-hero", just check him out in "3:10 to Yuma", or "Gladiator") Anyone have any ideas for these: - Black Canary - Hawkman - Aquaman
User comment: By: DJ
If Warner Bros. do the Justice league Movie it would just be all bullshit would not make no money, well maybe for all the little kids but that is it I mean like us movie buffs and comic book freaks out there we would not see this train wreak.I am a script writer and I might just write the script for Justice League movie.But only if they decide to throw the first script in the toilet.I have read all the news on Justice League movie and for the first article that I have read I thought this was a bad Idea.Just let Nolan do the best.
User comment: By: Nathan
I've seen the worst movies imaginable (in my opinion, anyway) make un-Godly amounts at the box office, with the right marketing and release schedule. However, in my opinion this movie should not be made at all. From the get-go I have read and heard nothing positive at all about this project, from a movie-fan perspective and hardcore comic fan perspective. Just put this pathetic, lame dog of a project to sleep, and let Nolan et al do what they do best.
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