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Is Justice League Possible

Updated on April 15, 2013
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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.

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Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Flash, and Cyborg Ready for Battle
Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Flash, and Cyborg Ready for Battle | Source

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      rmcmillen 

      5 years ago

      It IS possible..... if they do it right...........But right is a tricky thing.

      Starting at "Bringing Cinematic Justice To The Justice League And The DC Universe As A Whole Part 1" I attempted to lay out what I feel could be the ULTIMATE JL ride.................... IF they do it right.

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      Charlie Dalrymple 

      5 years ago

      Bruce Wayne WASN'T Batman at the end of Dark Knight Rises. Nolan is producing the new Superman movie, so superpowers aren't out of his realm. It's time for the story to evolve. Realism isn't the issue, selling the mythology is. If the right story comes along, Nolan could still jump onboard. Even if he's not involved, JGL could still play the role.

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      Vincent Yanni 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      The issue is its already been confirmed Nolan won't be involved. And whether Bruce Wayne's story has been told or not; he IS Batman. And Nolan's films leave absolutely no room for it to even be conceivable that people with superpowers exist within that world. If he thought the Penguin was too unrealistic; how does a guy who runs fast enough to disturb space and time be realistic?

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      Charlie Dalrymple 

      5 years ago

      The Bruce Wayne story has been told...twice. Nolan's films setup the idea that someone else could take over the cape and cowl. Since there was no Robin/Dick Grayson in the Nolan series, JGL's policeman is one of the few characters whom could enter the role with little fan resistance. Especially if Warner Bros. wants to keep Nolan on board as a producer.

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      Vincent Yanni 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I wouldn't be so sure if fans would be happy with JGL being Batman. It's going to take a lot for people to accept that isn't Bruce Wayne under the cowl. Dick Grayson is the only acceptable replacement. But it's still going to be risky for anyone not named Bruce Wayne.

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      Charlie Dalrymple 

      5 years ago

      Justice League is going to be made. It's just a matter of when. DC needs to stay relevent, which is why Man Of Steel is coming out. Warner Bros. and DC have been keeping a keen eye on everything that Marvel has been doing. Nolan's Batman movies were able to keep pace or exceed the box office performance of several of the Marvel films. The Green Lantern wasn't great, but Ryan Reynolds did a good job in a bad movie. It's one reason why he was asked if he was interested in taking over Batman. He won't be the next Batman. It'll probably be Joseph Gordon Levit, which would be fine with a lot of Batman fans. Don't be surprised if there are a few origin movies for other JLA heroes before the big film comes out.

      The thing that Warner's and DC want is buzz. They want posts like the one you have here. They want everyone to talk about Justice League, and wonder what will happen next. The anticipation will likely mean bigger box office when the film is realeased.

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