Time for a Justice League of America movie?


After the release of the 2012 blockbuster The Avenger's Assemble, it was only a matter of time until rival DC Comics made some serious moves to combat Marvel's recent dominance of the Comic book genre. Of course the release of Batman's final chapter of the Dark Night trilogy kept DC stable of hero's in the limelight. For those who are unaware, the Marvel/Disney production of its comic book/ graphic novel characters has been constant for the last few years. We have seen several of the Avenger's Assemble team have their own motion pictures and seen very little from the DC universe other than Batman and the Green Lantern.

June 2013 will see the release of DC Comic's flagship characters latest movie Man of Steel, the main character is of course Superman. Superman has been relatively quiet as a character after his 2006 adventures in Superman Returns. The last film failed in many people's eyes, due to a number of plot themes that didn't really pan out. It's attempt to attach itself to the previous Superman set up all kinds of questions that did detract from the movie. Some have argued that the use of the then relatively unknown Brandon Routh lacked gravitas. In the new adaption all previous versions of Superman have been abandoned, much like how the latest Batman films ignore the Keaton/Kilmer/Clooney era.


Who are the Justice League?


The Justice League of America comprised of many of DC Comics most popular heroes, the most prominent been Superman, Batman, Aquaman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian man hunter and the Green Arrow. They were setup to counter the evil schemes of terrestrial and extraterrestrial foes. These included the likes of Lex Luthor, The Joker and various other nemesis to the previously mentioned heroes.

Whether the actors who have played the characters in previous films would be used again is unknown. It is likely that much of the casting will depend on the success of the next batch of films. It is probable that Jim Caviel would become Superman again for a JLA film, whether Christian Bale would become the Dark Knight again even for a cameo is not certain, Batman is a pivotal character in the JLA universe and would need to be involved greatly.

The main reason for a delay in a JLA film was the writers strike of 2008, this put back a lot of films a number of years. It is vital that the main protagonists have their own films first so that general film fans know their back story. There is nothing worse than sitting through a film getting overloaded with how the character received their special abilities, then to go to the next character along and get a similar story.

If you look at the Avengers movie, all the featured characters had back stories where covered in the Hulk movies, Captain America, a couple of Iron man films and the Thor movie. This kept the emphasis on the action and they could afford to just reference the previous films to keep the action going. Another reason for such a delay could be down to the amount of money the studio would have to invest in the initial films weighed up against the financial returns in the future. With the average Hollywood blockbuster in the hundreds of millions and the project needing an all star cast, the only way to create an action packed title is with a lot of special effects. With the financial climate still uncertain, maybe Warner Brothers studio's have been sensible holding back the film, so that every part of the title is just right.




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My suggestions for the JLA

Character
Actor/Actress
Credentials
Superman/Clark Kent
Henry Cavill
Lead in Film
Batman/ Bruce Wayne
Christian Bale
Lead in Film
Green Arrow/ Oliver Queen
Stephen Amell
Lead in Arrow
Wonder Woman
Megan Fox
Suggestion
Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds
Lead in Film
The Flash
??Rumoured Movie??
 
Aqua man
??Rumoured Movie??
 
Hawkman
Michael Shanks
Reprise Smallville role


Hopefully if the film is given the green light, then Christopher Nolan the mastermind of the latest Batman films may have some involvement. This would increase the chance of actors such as Christian Bale(Batman) and Anne Hathaway(Catwoman) reprising their roles, should the studio decide to go in that direction. The temptation to use actors from the Smallville series is always there, especially as a few of the actors have grown from teen to fully adult. Although if the Green Arrow is used, I believe using Stephen Amell is a must. Amell has played the role of Green Arrow/Oliver Queen with the right mix of menace and irresponsible playboy.

I think we are long overdue a Justice League movie, and the timing could not be better. If the new Superman movie works out and the other rumoured films come to fruition, we could see the Avenger's films seeing some healthy competition. I have always thought the DC universe as been more gritty than the Marvel worldview. And I am hopeful that a good film may soon grace us with it's presence.


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Asp52 profile image

Asp52 3 years ago from England Author

I would trust the Nolan/Snyder/Goyer partnership to pull in the best elements of the Graphic Novels and "educate" the masses. The Batman trilogy proves they know what they are doing, As long as they keep the Movie and its spin off films edgy and dark I will be quite happy.


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Thefilmguy24 3 years ago

You got a point there about the The Dark Knight Trilogy where they pulled source material from different Batman comics especially The Dark Knight which was mostly drawn from The Killing Joke. Even Batman Begins pulled stories from Batman Year One to The Long Halloween. But what Nolan and Goyer and Nolan's brother Jonathan Nolan did for the trilogy is that they used the material but molded it into their own story that they would like to tell about Bruce Wayne and Batman even including the villains such as Ra's Al Ghul and The Joker to even Bane. They mostly knew that certain things had to be changed due to the reality based themes that they were portraying in the films. The Lazarus Pits wouldn't have worked and having a backstory to the Joker wouldn't have worked either. If they did do a backstory on The Joker, he would of lost his ambiguity and mystery about him. Not knowing who he really was or had he got that way was more interesting and scary. Even with Bane, his Venom System wouldn't have worked in Nolan's Batverse due to it making him look too corny and cartoony if he had to ingest some type of serum into his body to make himself bigger. I think you are right that there are much more stories to use but the writers should use them as a basis and not directly adapt them.


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Asp52 3 years ago from England Author

I think the problem is with so much DC source material that you can't keep every fan of the genre happy. I know that a lot of the latest Batman used the basic story and fleshed it out with events from the last 40 odd years of publication and the Writers own take on the story. With the fans been upset that they didn't use one set source material... I think that people have their own set idea of Superman and Batman from the many reboots etc, so the Studio will have to work to the mindset of the general public. As you mentioned with the Tim Burton idea of Superman "NO flying and a Black suit" The general public know the Superman story and identity so you can't make it too far removed than the established Lore. The Marvel comics ( Beside Spiderman) where not as well known to people as they stayed clear of cinematic releases for ages. I think Punisher was one of the only 1980's films I can really recall. It is a generational thing as well- but its just my thoughts on the subject. I like the idea of Darkseid as the main villain. It is a different villain to what most would expect.


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Thefilmguy24 3 years ago

That's a good point. But you don't think that fan's will be upset that the studio didn't use source material for the story and completely change things up? I can see that some superpowers wouldn't look too good on film due to if Warner Bros would want to get things a little more grounded by like you said, use technology instead of superpowers. That's they way Marvel is doing to portray The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 due to his magical rings in the comic book. It's unclear as of yet if the rings are technologically advanced rings or that they are either just ordinary rings as a fashion statement, or they may be magical due to the introduction to the 9 Realms and the Cosmos in Thor and Avengers. So it's all up to Warner Bros as to how to create the story. As of now, there is a script being written by Will Beall who wrote the upcoming gangster movie Gangster Squad. It's also rumored that Darkseid is the main villain. What do you think of that?


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Asp52 3 years ago from England Author

Personally I would like them to move away from the Graphic Novel/Comic characters and add their own spin. This way there would be no way that the die hard fans could get annoyed, and if the film fails a reboot closer to the source material will be easier to do( Earth 2 etc) . I think they will have to decide with a JLA film the level and type of abilities every hero/character has. Example if Black Canary is a member of the JLA does she have the superpower or is it technological enhancement. Superman would obviously have his Alien abilities, but after that I believe it should all be tech or training.


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Thefilmguy24 3 years ago

Superman fans would be in an uproar if Burton's film was ever released. I guess we're lucky that we have David Goyer (writer of Man of Steel, Batman Begins, story credit for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) Chris Nolan, and Zach Snyder who have a vision of what Superman should be and how he should be portrayed on the big screen. I'm really looking forward to next June to find out how well these 3 envisioned how I would like to see Superman. I was really hoping that they would do the story arc from "Rebirth" which I thought was a great origin-kind-of story even though it was about young adult Clark Kent finding his way and how to use his powers. As for a JLA movie, would you want them to use the New 52 characters or use different source material? I have never read the New 52, but I have heard good things about it.


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Asp52 3 years ago from England Author

I am in total agreement with you there, Tim Burton's vision of Superman would not have appealed to Superman fans at all.


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Thefilmguy24 3 years ago

That's actually a pretty good idea of having some villain set up Batman and Superman begins to hunt him down. Basically the hunter becomes the hunted, which has been done before, but it's a pretty good idea. I couldn't see Nicholas Cage as Superman either since I don't think he has the looks and he doesn't have the acting talent like he used to. I just think he's a little too intense to play The Man of Steel. Plus Tim Burton's vision was really odd is what I've heard. For one thing, Superman wouldn't fly and he would have a black suit instead of the traditional blue and red uniform. I love Tim Burton, but I didn't think he would have been the right director to helm a Superman film. He's a little lighter in tone than Batman which was great for Burton, but Superman, no.


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Asp52 3 years ago from England Author

A way for them to do both is make it purely about Batman versus Superman and introduce other JLA members to the story to develop their characters for future sequels. Maybe have a villain set up Batman to be a villain and Superman and he eventually figure out the truth. So by the end of the film you have an embryonic Justice League. It maybe a bit cliche but it gives you a story based on the two most popular heroes and if written well other JLA members get dragged in and developed.

Can't imagine Cage as Superman, to me that would never work. I always figured that due to Smallville success a film would have to wait, and maybe Tom Welling might do a film later on.


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Thefilmguy24 3 years ago

Yes I remember that Batman vs Superman was actually green-lit with a director attached. I believe it was Wolfgang Peterson(director of Air Force One, Troy, Das Boot) who was attached. I actually remember seeing a banner of it in Variety magazine a while back, this was when Tim Burton wanted to do his version of Superman as well with Nicholas Cage as The Last Son of Krypton. I'm kind of curious of what would of became of that film. Would it have been a financial success or would it be a box office flop? Cage got a reported $20 million on a play or pay agreement which means that if the film ever got produced or got shut down, he still would have gotten his paycheck. As for the Batman vs Superman film...that would be interesting to see if Warner Bros. would pull that off the shelves and dust it off. The only way I can see Warner Bros. do this movie is if the JLA movie never gets off the ground. But we'll see...Warner Bros. has given a JLA movie for a 2015 release date to compete with Avengers 2.


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Asp52 3 years ago from England Author

Yes totally agree, there was a few things in the Avengers which annoyed me but when you watch it for the action alone it satisfies my needs. I remember there was talk of Batman versus Superman movie a while back, maybe that may reappear?


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Thefilmguy24 3 years ago

I agree with that to a point. I did think that The Avengers were in peril as they weren't exactly a team when they all knew that Loki put the Earth in danger. As soon as they put their differences aside, they became a team to defeat Loki and Chitauri and save the planet. I think that JLA will have to be a bit darker due to the material source and maybe go Nolan's route of keeping it darker and more grounded. The anti-hero/reluctant feel will probably be the best fit for the film since not every JLA member wants to be a hero, they just want to do what is right.


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Asp52 3 years ago from England Author

I hope that a JLA would reflect the anti-hero/reluctant hero feel of Arrow and the last Batman films. I never felt the Avengers were in real peril where as I think the JLA is a darker style than Marvel's.


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Thefilmguy24 3 years ago

Yeah, budget will be the main problem as Warner Bros. wants to have an all star cast...but in my opinion, I think they should go the way Marvel went have each character have their own solo movies like you suggested. I agree that if the JLA movie began with the origins of each character, it would be too long of a film plus the audience will have to set through each origin over and over again. If solo movies were made then the audience will be already familiar with the backstories and just get involved with the JLA movie's plot and action. But we will see, we have about 2 more years before anything can happen and we also have 7 more months until Man of Steel is released to actually see if this is the Superman film that fans would want to see despite the great Christopher Reeve/Richard Donner film.


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Asp52 3 years ago from England Author

The main thing will be budget, the Megan Fox suggestion was based on the look. Not sure how the Wonder Woman character can be portrayed in this day and age. A lot can change in 2 years and I agree that Man of Steel should be excellent. Not sure on the Gordon-Levitt Batman, but you never know. I think the Joker as a villain is unlikely and rumour is that Lex will appear in a Superman sequel.


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Thefilmguy24 3 years ago

Great hub bro. I was really interesting to see who you would like to play the leads in the JLA movie and I agree with some of your choices. I think Henry Cavill may return as Superman since I believe that Man of Steel will be a sure-fire blockbuster success. As for Batman, I would love to see Christian Bale to return as the Dark Knight but I highly doubt his return since he has stated that he was done with the character that Nolan set out for him. Maybe Joseph Gordon-Levitt may take his place as the new Batman due to the ending of The Dark Knight Rises. It has even been rumored that the new Batman character would be introduced or rebooted in the JLA movie and then release a new Batman film. As for Wonder Woman, I'm not too keen on Megan Fox. She has the look and that's about it. She has no acting ability. For Wonder Woman, they need some one to help carry the film with not just looks, but also acting talent. I could kind of see Kate Beckinsale as the character due to her involvement with the Underworld film series and other action films such as Total Recall. Plus she does have screen presence and has acting talent. As for Green Arrow, I agree with Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow as I do think that he has the character's charisma and personality done to the T in the show. Aquaman and Flash, I'm not too sure who I would like, but I would like to see an actor that has the presence and the personalities to portray these characters and make the audience root for them. You should check out some of my hubs that I've written on Marvel's Phase 2. Great hub and voted up. Keep up the good work.


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Asp52 3 years ago from England Author

I think they will have to ignore films for some of the less well known characters, purely because if the JLA film is penciled in 2015-Time is against them! Maybe those films will appear afterwards depending on success of film. If Man of Steel fails, JLA will be put back.


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dailytop10 3 years ago from Davao City

They still need to make a movie about wonderwoman, hawkgirl and the Flash. These characters have interesting background story as well fitting for a blockbuster movie. Thank you for sharing this awesome hub!


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Asp52 3 years ago from England Author

Thank you, I enjoyed your article on the upcoming 2013 blockbusters. I found it enjoyable and worth a visit.


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago

interesting hub.

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