Once upon a time (like in 2008) there were plans for a live-action Justice League Adam Brody as the Flash, Armie Hammer as Batman and Megan Gale (Megan Fox wannabe) as Wonder Woman. The project, titled Justice League: Mortal drew great interest to folks on the net, who criticized the direction the film was taking. In addition to having nothing to do with the continuity that the previous Batman and Superman films set fourth, the choice to recast the iconic heroes with young actors made nerds shake their fist in a angry fury. Nobody wanted a “Justice League: The Teenage Years”. Well, luckily, thanks to the writers strike (memba that) and getting booted from Australia (where production was to take place) the film got shelved.. It was supposed to be directed by George Miller (Mad Max) and star
So, us fans dodged a bullet with that one (thank you writers strike). We of course want a Justice League movie. We just want it done right. And you’d think with Marvels “The Avengers” coming out it 2011 DC would kick a proper film into gear. Well, we’ve been down this road before, but there’s talk of a ‘Justice League’ in 2013. *Rolls eyes*
There’s some long, boring-ass article on LA Times in which profiles Jeff Robinov‘s inheritance of Warner Bros. motion picture group and what’s in the pipeline for the young mogul. About a third of the way through the article this bit was mentioned:
He’s then aiming to release new “Batman” and “Superman” films in 2012 and “Justice League” a teaming of DC’s top heroes, in 2013.
Now that’s either one of the biggest unofficially announcements of the year, or a specious bit mentioned at the reporters whim. Something taken out of context. Course, when you’re a writer for LAT you kinda have a clue on what you’re reporting.
Regardless, it doesn’t sound right. I mean 2013? The timetable on that is ridiculous. Not to mention Christian Bale has made it clear that he’s done with playing Batman after The Dark Knight Rises. Plus, a while back Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment spoke with IGN about what direction they will take with their films. “People make an assumption that we’re going to mirror Marvel’s strategy, for example with Avengers,”. “We have a very different attitude about how you build a content slate. And it isn’t necessarily about connecting those properties together to build into a single thing.” Basically saying that the intent is to focus on “standalone experiences” rather than anything like ‘The Avengers’.
Granted, 2013 does seem a tad early, but if they’ve got a script on hand, and can make production happen by the summer of next year, it’ll be no more rushed than any recent super-hero flick. Perhaps we can cautiously take this as indication that something is in the works, as unlikely as it sounds.