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Upcoming DC Comics Movies - New DC Justice League Movie News!

Updated on November 20, 2013
Justice League! Art by Alex Ross
Justice League! Art by Alex Ross

So a new report from Variety has revealed that DC/Warner will give a DC Justice League movie some major priority and push. This new Justice League movie news has been breaking out all over the internet of late, and is it such a surprise? I mean, is it really news?

I think we can all figure out that DC/Warner's change of heart about this project is largely due to the major success of the Avengers movie. Now, a DC Justice League movie is worthy of some effort.

According to variety, Warner signed on "Gangster Squad" writer Will Beall to pen the Justice League movie sometime last year when the Avengers were getting assembled. Warner tried to state that the decision was "in anticipation" of the Avengers. Not because of it's success.

Horsepucky! Everyone knew that the "anticipation" of the Avengers was going to have the movie a major hit when it hit theaters. Who didn't predict it? Who couldn't help notice all the hype surrounding the Avengers?

So according to Warner, it's been several months since Beall has been hired on, but yet no script has been written or turned in. Sound familiar, guys?

Beall does have an excuse, however. He's been tied up with the new Lethal Weapon reboot. Yes, you heard that right - A Lethal Weapon reboot. Ugh! LAME!

Green Lantern Starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. Warner/DC copyrights.
Green Lantern Starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. Warner/DC copyrights.

Why We Shouldn't Get In A Huff About This New Justice League Movie News!

Although it would rock my world if this truly meant that a DC Justice League movie was really in the works, I wouldn't get all excited like a chimpanzee that just found a banana over this recent news of putting the most iconic superheroes in one epic film.

A DC Justice League movie was in the works prior to this recent development. Mad Max director, George Miller, was set to direct the film when production stalled and then fizzled out in 2008.

2008's Justice League film was set to have Adam Brody as the Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and an unknown Armie Hammer as Batman. According to Warner Bros., lack of tax breaks and the WGA strike, which made it impossible to hire a writer to rewrite that script stalled that version.

I can see the WGA strike affecting production, but tax breaks? C'mon Warner! That's ubber lame considering that the film could've made billions. Greedy toads!

Yes, this recent news does suggest a new step towards seeing a Justice League movie, but who knows? Beall has an extremely tough job to make it highly believable why the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern would unite into a super group to begin with.

As the credo for most writers goes, "What, where, when, how, and why?" are the questions that really plague this movie. How do the Justice League all meet each other and why?

Wonder Woman by DC Comics. Will she have her own movie and who should be Wonder Woman in a Wonder Woman movie?
Wonder Woman by DC Comics. Will she have her own movie and who should be Wonder Woman in a Wonder Woman movie?

The Problem With DC Characters and the DCU!

To say that screenwriter Beall has a challenging script to write is an understatement. DC Characters will not be easy to combine into one film.

For one, most of them exist in made up cities like Gotham and Metropolis. Even worse, some of them are from entirely mythological realms like Wonder Woman's Greek Themyscira and Aquaman's Atlantis.

Green Lantern is also from a fictional city, but at least they specified which state he's from - California!

Now, with the Avengers, four out five of them is from a real place on the planet earth, minus Thor. Captain America is from New York, Tony Stark from Long Island, Black Widow from Russia, Hawkeye born in Waverly, Iowa, and Dr. Bruce Banner became the Hulk at a research facility in New Mexico.

The only one who comes from an extremely made up, mythological world is Thor, and it wasn't easy to write how he suddenly finds himself on earth from Asgard. Marvel did do a great job with that one, I must add.

With the Justice League, every single one of them comes from a made up city, world, realm, whatever! Does the Amazonian princess just one day decide to go to earth for ice cream?

Would they even explain where they're from, how they got here, and why, or would they just all show up at some disastrous event just because they heard it on the news and were bored? The development of characters would be seriously missing if they did that.

All I have to say, and truly mean from the bottom of my heart, is good luck Mr. Will Beall!

DC Comics The Flash. Will he finally appear in his own movie, much less a Justice League movie?
DC Comics The Flash. Will he finally appear in his own movie, much less a Justice League movie?

More DC Comics Upcoming Movie News!

Okay, despite my huff about the new Justice League movie news, Warner has released some more news concerning other members of the Justice League. This news concerns Wonder Woman and the Flash.

It seems Warner has brought in another writer to take a stab at a Wonder Woman movie story. One of the three writers of "Green Lantern," Michael Goldenberg, has been reported to pen the script.

But who would play Wonder Woman? Visit the link to vote or give your suggestion on Who should Wonder Woman be in Wonder Woman the movie?

It seems Warner also can't get off past scriptwriters. The two other "Green Lantern" writers, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green, are working on a screenplay for "The Flash."

Seriously, with all the talented writers in the world, you can't find someone else to pen the scripts for your movies? Guys, the Green Lantern movie was NOT that good at all. Why would you hire them to pen even more lousy stories for your A-list characters.

Get some fresh blood WB. Maybe then you can get your other superheroes to the big screen and have some awesome movies besides Batman movies!

I truly hope these movies do get made, especially a DC Justice League movie, but I'm also cynical from Warner's past failing attempts. Most comic book fans are.

Visit the link to see which DC Comics Upcoming Movies that are actually coming to the screen in 2012 and 2013.

UPDATE

After the success of the Avengers, DC/Warner confirmed a Justice League movie slated for 2015 release to compete with an Avengers sequel. However, a little before the release of Man of Steel, DC/Warner confirmed that a Justice League movie would depend on whether Man of Steel was successful.

After Zack Snyder's Man of Steel was released this year and proved to be successful enough, DC/Warner scratched a Justice League movie and announced at the San Diego Comic Con that a Batman and Superman team up would be the follow up to Man of Steel. Also, recently, it was confirmed that Ben Affleck was to be the new Batman and Bruce Wayne in the Man of Steel sequel. This decision was met with wide criticism. Fans even ran a petition against Ben Affleck starring as the new Batman.

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      Jayfort 4 years ago

      Since the DC Re-launch, they and I are on the outs. The only things I'm buying from them currently are certain Showcase Presents (black & white anthologies). When they stop making them, so long DC!

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      Heya Jayfort, thanks for commenting. DC's new relaunch was a move that tried to recapture the Silver Age of comics when they completely re-hauled many of it's Golden Age characters like the Flash and Green Lantern. For some reason, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman were pretty much left alone.

      To be truly honest, they've been in trouble competing with Marvel since Marvel has came out. This was especially evident during the bronze age when DC tried to recruit Marvel's talent by offering it's creative writers and artists more royalties for their creations.

      I could really only relate to two characters from the DCU and that's Batman and Green Lantern. Superman was the character that I could least identify with in the entire realm of comics.

      It's true when critics say that Marvel's characters are broken heroes who are extremely flawed and DC's core characters are more God-like and inhabit a one dimensional world with clear lines of good and evil.

      I'm clearly not a huge DC fan...I'm investing in more of their Silver Age comics because many of them are cheap right now compared to most of Marvel's silver age books.

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      Jayfort 4 years ago

      Hey Rabbit,

      I've been reading comics since 1965 and predominately DC Comics. The Crisis on Infinite Earths re-boot of the mid-80s changed my favorite characters (Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern) to such an extent that I stopped reading comics for about 10 years. I came back as they began reintroducing Silver/Bronze Age elements I liked. Then they jumped into the Dark Age and I left again for a while. As they came out of that with Infinite Crisis with reintroduced numerous Silver Age concepts and brought back Hal Jordan as a hero, I began reading comics again. When they did that I sent Didio and Johns a letter complementing them.

      Then they plopped this relaunch on us. I've looked at what they're producing and to me, it's drek, particularly the Superman titles. I sent Didio, Lee, and Johns a letter saying "Bye!"

      My comic shop owner is now getting me reading copies of Silver/Bronze Age comics I once owned at reasonable prices. He gets the money not DC. Also Dynamite Comics is producing some quality comics based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' characters.

      The Dark Knight Rises will probably be the last DC related movie I see. The new Superman movie looks and sounds like a piece of CRAP to me. I'm not the least bit interested in it and will not go see it or buy the DVD.

      Thanks for writing back. Have a great day!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Now I am just a super hero fanatic... who will wait for the Flash.. the next avengers.. and the Justice League;.. after this great hub!!!

      Thanks Brother

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      Jayfort, I loved it when they brought back Hal Jordan in the Green Lantern: Rebirth series. I was so excited and thought it was about time.

      I guess all the comic companies do what you're talking about to try to keep things fresh or keep up with the times.

      Marvel is rebooting many origins for their comics such as Spider-man and Fantastic Four. The reason is to keep it up to date with today's technology to appeal to young readers so they wont feel alienated by the older stuff that didn't have cell phones and laptops, etc.

      I was like, "Really?" That's super lame. Those origins are classics. Let those readers dig into the Silver Age to find out those origins. That was fun for me. Going back to see how it all started. I never felt alienated because I wasn't from that generation.

      I'm sure DC will start to introduce more Silver Age concepts back into their universe. It's a flip flop deal with comic books, and the new 52 relaunch is just playing upon the cynical "dark age" mentality that really spawned in the late 80s with comics.

      Thanks again for your insight and comments. Wow, a letter to Johns and Jim Lee saying, "See Ya!" That's cool.

      Have a great day!

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      Jayfort 4 years ago

      When I started reading comics there were numerous references to stories written in the 40s and 50s. With no computer or Internet, AND no money (or comic book shops) to purchase these old comics, I had to take limited information and compile a "rough draft" of what those stories were about. As I read more and more, I could fill in more of the gaps. Modern readers with computers and the Internet have complete access to information on OLD comics. It should be SIMPLE for them to fill in the gaps and NEVER have to purchase the old comics.

      Believe it or not, there were things about the Silver/Bronze Ages I didn't like: Jonathan and Martha Kent dying shortly after Clark's graduation from High School; Lois and Clark breaking up; Bruce and Clark no longer friends to name a couple. Following COIE, Jonathan and Martha lived on! Yay! But Clark no longer had a Superboy career. Boo! Lois and Clark got married! Yay! Bruce became a paranoid male member! Boo!

      I've found absolutely NOTHING I like about the DCNu. I've read a few of them at our local Hastings which puts unbagged comics on display. Zip, zero, zilch, zed, nada...not one darn thing. Instead of going back to writing good stories and creating new, exciting characters; they've demonstrated all they are capable of is messing up what was best in these great characters left in their care.

      Sorry for the "rant" but it's where I'm at with DC at the moment.

      Thanks for the reply! Have a wonderful day!

      Jeff

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      Heya Rahul, no worries bro, and I'm in the same boat as you...interested to see these new movies by DC and Warner and crossing my fingers that they're made and made good.

      Though I do agree with Jayfort about the next Superman movie Man of Steel not looking all that great. However, I think I will Netflix that one.

      Thanks for stopping by man and joining the convo!

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      Heya Jay Fort, no problem...rant all you want. Even though, I'm not much of a DC guy, I can relate. Some of Marvel's new story lines just rub me the wrong way also.

      Marvel is rebooting the origins for Spider-Man, FF, and Daredevil (in the comics), so new readers can relate to them. Apparently they believe it's a big deal that these origins be updated with the technology of today - such as cell phones.

      I think it's lame, and defeats the purpose of comic fans going back to check out the earlier stuff, which is what I did. I started in the early 80s and never felt "alienated" because there wasn't the same technology of my time in the silver age or bronze age comics.

      As for digital comics...I don't get them at all. I'd rather have a hard copy to read (though I don't read my silver age comics), or buy Marvel Masterworks to read the earlier stories.

      Anyways, there I go off again...good talking to ya Jay Fort and always appreciate you joining the conversation.

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      Jayfort 4 years ago

      Thanks, Rabbit! I enjoy the discussion. I'm enjoying some of DC's Showcase Presents black and white anthologies. Catching stories I missed during the Silver Age or catching those I once had and sold.

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      Always good to hear from ya Jayfort, I was thinking about digital comics the other day, and I think that may be a great thing about them is catching up on those earlier stories that just cost way too expensive to read now.

      It's especially true if you're a collector who's also investing in comics and don't want to get one's grubby, dirty, and clumsy hands all over valuable golden, silver, or bronze age comics in their collection.

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      Jayfort 4 years ago

      I own one digital comic and I purchased it because I couldn't find a hardcopy of it. Then, going through my collection...I found it. Ah, the pains of old age and... and... and... What were we talking about again!

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      Hahaha...actually, lemme rephrase...there are still highly affordable silver age common issues at lower grades, but once you start hitting those key issues...the wallet starts getting a lot more lighter.

      What do you think about Green Lantern announced as DC's A-list "Gay" character for the new 52? That's shocking!

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      Jayfort 4 years ago

      If DC wanted to CREATE an A-List Gay Character for the new 52, they should have CREATED a new character, not further altered a previous character.

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      I agree, it seems DC wanted to compete with Marvel's big "gay wedding" event by announcing the rebooted Hal Jordan/Green Lantern as gay.

      It's one thing to be socially aware and to take a stand on a subject, but to do it just to keep up with your competitor is horrendous, I think.

      I agree that they should create a kick ass, new superhero and just make him gay.

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      Jayfort 4 years ago

      Actually, it's not Hal Jordan (the Silver Age GL) they're changing but Alan Scott (the Golden Age GL). They've recreated the Multiverse and the new Earth-2's GL will be gay.

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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      Ah, ok, I got the wrong info from another guy. I don't really keep up with new comics, but even making the original GL gay is kinda lame.

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      Steven Escareno 3 years ago

      I didn't read all the comments, so I apologize if what im about to say has already been brought up. However, in wb's defense though about rehiring the same writers of green lantern to pen the flash movie, I should remind you that just because a screenwriter is associated with a bad film it doesn't necessarily mean it was entirely their fault, as it could've been the director's fault for all we know.

      Like according to various sources, the script for "Wrath of the Titans" was not just good, but VERY GOOD. However, when it came time to adapt that same script on the big screen, the director botched it up to where it became a joke. Therefore, even if you have a great screenwriter on a movie, the reality is you still need a great director to make that script work on the big screen.

      Granted, I could be wrong about the "Wrath of the Titans" script, but i'm only repeating what i've read on this.

      Plus, have you ever heard of akiva goldsman? He wrote the screenplays for both "Batman and Robin" and "Lost in Space", the one that starred matt leblanc. Both of them bombed very hard at the box office with good reason.

      However, he did go on after those movies to write scripts for such films like "Cinderella Man", "I Robot", and "I am Legend." Therefore, that just proves that even a talented screenwriter can write a bad movie. Hell, even directors can be like that sometimes. Take Tim Burton's "Batman Returns." Personally, i liked the film, but many didn't, and some consider it one of the worst batman movies out there.

      However, i can see what you're saying. I think the bigger problem is that wb doesn't have a kevin feige or mark millar figurehead working for them to oversee all their comic book properties; hence why they lack definitive direction in terms of their film properties.

      personally, the only person i can think of to nominate for the job that's available is kevin smith since he does have experience in movies, and he's very close to the comic book community. however, many people that i suggest that to seem to disagree with me, so whatever. However, he would still be better than whoever the hell they have now. that's for sure. anyways keep up the good work

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      rabbit75 3 years ago

      Some really good points Stevennix2001. I'm a fan of Kevin Smith, so I definitely don't knock that idea. It would be interesting. Great to hear from ya and thanks for chiming in with your thoughts. Always great to hear from ya!

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      trusouldj 3 years ago

      actually, they could made a whole lot of people happy if they'd just spun the Justice League cartoon into a series of movies; instead of these straight to video films that each have their own continuity and different voice casts.

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      rabbit75 3 years ago

      Good point there.

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      Aaron 2 years ago from United States

      I see what you're saying in this article in the problems portion of your hub. But I think the events of Man of Steel really shook the world all over. The entire planet was threatened and even though the likes of Wonder Woman and Aquaman and others are from made up cities, those cities still exist on Earth. They've already mentioned that Aquaman isn't happy about what happened over the Indian Ocean in Man of Steel, I can only assume that the Kryptonian attack shook the world awake and made some of the heroes realize just how important they are in protecting it. "What if there was another attack?" is one question probably running through their mind or the bigger question asked by all of them "What if Superman isn't a good guy"?

      I have faith that they'll pull it off.

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