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
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Batman/ Bruce Wayne
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Green Arrow/ Oliver Queen
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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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