Is Justice League Possible
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Will the Justice League Unite?
Warner Bros Pictures and DC Comics have been trying to unite the Justice League on film for years. And after the insane success of Marvel's The Avengers, it is no surprise that WB wants to fast track the film into production. But can WB and DC really make this massive film happen?
WB has Man of Steel opening this year. This will be a relaunch of perhaps the most popular comic book character ever, Superman. Audiences will be given a new Superman to call their own and WB has stated there is room for this film to be a launching point towards Justice League. Here is the problem however; WB wants to go straight into Justice League next.
With reports that Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan not being involved, that can really handicap the film. If Man of Steel really is the first step, then Justice League would need to introduce new versions of no less than five to six characters. These are heroes that not every audience member will be familiar with.
Sure, people know the names Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg. But how well to these people know the backstory and motivations. The general filmgoing public doesn't know what personalities these character have. Green Lantern may get a pass because of a recent film outing. And Batman is engrained in everyone. But introducing anew actor under Batman's cowl with no set-up will be quite challenging.
And set-up, that is a key term here. Marvel took years doing it the right way. They introduced every character in solo films. The supporting Avengers, Black Widow and Hawkeye, had appearances in Iron Man 2 and Thor respectively. Audiences knew all of these characters. They saw the seeds planted for future events in post-credits sequences. Marvel carefully took the time to develop a great villain in Loki. DC is doing none of this.
Who would be the villain in Justice League? Could is be Doomsday or Apocalypse? These are legendary DC villains, but neither are well known or have any introduction. Marvel, again, gave us Loki. We saw what Loki could do and he was perfect to unite The Avengers. Then that film teased Thanos for future films. DC needs to give audiences something to hook them and realize why this team must come together.
DC and WB want to give us a big blockbuster with hopes audiences will flock to it because of all these superheroes. Now, the film may be a massive success, but will it reach The Avengers level. People went to see The Avengers two and three times, not because it was just a hero team-up, but because it was a really good movie and the audience was invested in seeing them come together after years of teasing.
Will Justice League be able to replicate this success without all of the fanfare or solo outings? It's very difficult to say, but DC has the characters to make a great team-up film. They simply need to take the time to develop these new characters and get the public clamoring for Justice League, don't just assume they want it.