Thursday, October 18, 2012
Film News: Justice League to shoot Next Year; Aiming for 2015 release
With yesterday's hearing between DC comics/WB pictures and the heirs of Superman co-creator, Joe Shuster finished...for now. It looks like WB's recent win has benefited the studio by finally green-lighting the highly delayed "Justice League" film adaptation.
From the LA Times:
"Warner hopes to shoot the film next year and release it in the summer of 2015. The studio already has a "Justice League" script in the works. Next it needs to attach a director and then cast the lead roles."
This is the first actual piece of news on the J.L. adaptation since it's last take on the iconic team, "Justice League: Mortal" was cancelled in early 2008, due to the economy in Australia (we're it was to be shot at), the 2007 Writer's Guild of America strike and that both DC and Warner wanted the script to be perfect. Mortal was to be directed by Mad Max director, George Miller and there was already a cast picked for the scrapped film.
D.J. Cortrona as Superman/Clark Kent
Armie Hammer as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Megan Gale as Wonder Woman/Princess Diana of Themyscira
Adam Brody as The Flash/Wally West
Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter/J'onn J'onzz
Teresa Palmer as Talia Al Ghul
Zoe Kazan as Iris Allen
Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman/Arthur Curry
Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord
Common as Green Lantern/John Stewart
From various reports when the movie was still in development, the script done by Kieran and Michelle Mulroney took elements from Justice League arcs such as Mark Waid's "Tower of Babel", in which Batman creates a back-up plan to destroy the League, should that day ever come, and Geoff John's DC crossover event, "Infinite Crisis". Crisis started in October 2005 and ended in June 2007, and it featured the character Maxwell Lord. He was not only using Superman through mind-control to take out the League, but was also using the artificial intelligence "Brother Eye" to kill all the meta-humans on earth.
It's also shows in the cast that this scrapped film was inspired by the DCAU series, "Justice League/Justice League: Unlimited", created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. With the recent live-action film Green Lantern and the CGI cartoon series, "Green Lantern: the Animated Series", it's most likely to assume that Hal Jordan will once again be the emerald warrior.
In regards to Ryan Reynolds reprising his role is still unknown, but with recent reports saying that this and next year's Superman reboot, "Man of Steel" will kick-start a live-action DC comics universe, expect a re-casting in the near future.
The script-writer for the current adaptation is Will Beall, the writer of the upcoming film, "Gangster Squad". Recently in June, writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Old Man Logan, The Secret Service) stated that he has heard about Beall's take on the iconic team, through a good friend of his. (take a HUGE grain of salt):
"A pal of mine is good friends with the new Justice League screenwriter and said his take on the team is incredible. Very real-world and not at all what you might expect. WB has a checkered history with their superhero characters. They're great with their boy wizards, but less consistent with their DC stable. But my chum said that this could be a thing of beauty and has been in the works for a little while now, not just an Avengers knock-off. Best of luck to them. The tidbits I heard sound quite dark and mature, which isn't what I expected. But word on Gangster Squad is great too, so I feel this is in really good hands."
At the moment, DC/WB's Justice League is slated to be released in Summer of 2015 and will be competing with Marvel Studios' "The Avengers 2"
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Source:- LA Times
- Screen Rant