Plans for a Justice League Movie?

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Unlike the last couple of weeks, this one was chock-full of superhero movie news. The biggest development was on Wednesday, when reported that David Goyer and Jonah Nolan (Christopher's bro) will be writing The Man of Steel (2011), the Superman reboot. When this announcement was confirmed the next day by Variety, speculation started regarding who will direct the mega-project. Twitter was flooded with posts suggesting that Jonah Nolan will direct, with support from big bother Chris, who was hired to act as a "mentor" for Supe's return to the screen.

To add to the intrigue surrounding this cape bombshell, IESB,net reported on Friday (according to an un-named source) that Warner Bothers is also preparing for a Justice League flick after The Man of Steel and Batman 3 are released. Of course, this "news" hasn't been confirmed as of 2/28, but really it makes perfect sense. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Warner doesn't want Marvel Entertainment's Avengers (2012) franchise to outpace them in the incredibly profitable superhero genre. At this point, I would be shocked if the rumors regarding the Justice League movie weren't true.

Just a couple of thoughts about this week's news. First, does the Nolan brothers' involvement in a Justice League movie (if true) pretty much guarantee that Christian Bale will don the cape and cowl for the flick? To me, it seems very likely that he would, but I'm having a hard time picturing his Batman on the screen with Supes and Green Lantern? Somehow, I can't see it working, but I'm sure the Nolans and company will devise a way to make it happen.

I'm also hoping that the Superman news is a hint that we're about to begin an incredible era of competing superhero movie teams. It's fascinating, really, we might have the Avengers  and the Justice League battling for box office supremacy just as they have in the books for nearly fifty years. Clearly, for fans, there is no better time in history to be alive than right now. I think it's obvious that Warner/DC and Marvel are committed to having the ultimate superteam, and are about to raise the quality of cape films to a new level.


  1. I'm sure I'll check out whatever they come up with, but I'm a little skeptical about any "Justice League" movie. The DC characters when analyzed just don't make sense sharing the same world. In the same room as Superman, Green Lantern, the Flash, why would anyone else be necessary. In comic books or cartoons we can suspend the disbelief more easily but it's a tough one for live action. Marvel's shared universe and more grounded character really gives them a huge edge I think.

  2. Hey Brent, I think you hit on the key problem with the JLA movie. At this point, I can't see how it's going to work either, but it'll be fun speculating for the next couple of years.


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