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In hindsight, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel wasn't quite the bridge to a Justice League movie that we all thought it would be. While the film did contain some hints at a larger DC Cinematic Universe, with references to Batman's Wayne Enterprises, Supergirl and Cyborg, it didn't have anything nearly as epic as, say, Nick Fury appearing in the post-credits sequence of Iron Man to try and recruit Tony Stark for the Avengers Initiative.
Part of me thinks that Snyder and his team should be given time to develop what they have started in Man of Steel. At the same time, I can understand Warner’s sense of urgency, and a desire to strike while the iron is hot.
There's no moment in Man of Steel that explicitly announces itself as the beginning of a larger superhero universe, the way Nick Fury arrived at the end of Iron Man to tell him he wasn't the only superhero on their radar. But if you pay even the slightest attention to the way superhero movies are made these days, you know that Man of Steel is intended as the kickoff to a much, much bigger world of films
The plot of this clever short features exactly what you would want from a Justice League movie, with The Joker teaming with Lex Luthor for a diabolical plot that is foiling Batman, Superman and the entire team. The humor, meanwhile, pokes fun at everything we know about JLA.
It must be a weird kind of agony to be Zack Snyder right now, having a completed movie that he probably knows is pretty good, but not yet knowing how the audiences will receive it-- and how they have the power to completely transform his career.
For as long as Warner Bros. has been talking about doing a Justice League movie, fans have questioned why the studio would choose against going the Marvel route - creating a cohesive cinematic universe that puts all of the superheroes together in one world.
Despite making $219 million worldwide, the big budget CGI spectacle (that cost a whopping $200 mil to make) was loathed by critics, some of whom are big fans of the comics in their own right. This contributed to the decline of Reynolds' prospects as a viable leading man. And he has no interest in making the same mistake twice. Well, "very little" interest anyway.
Gossipy high schoolers probably don't have as many rumors floating around them as DC’s upcoming (or is it?) Justice League movie does. This film has already in theory mingled with more actors and directors than most of Warner Bros. yearly output. So let’s take a look at the most recent facts and fictions
DC and Warner need that moment. It instantly would shift a modicum of momentum back into JLA’s favor, proving that the powers behind the massively successful Dark Knight trilogy were on board with what until now is only a speculative Justice League movie. The project, for the first time, would feel real.
We've gotten really worried about the Justice League movie lately, with news that Warner Bros. had thrown out Will Beall's script for the film, and a lot of us worried the movie-- like George Miller's attempt years ago-- would fall apart entirely. But of course, Justice League carries enormous potential for the studio, their version of the massively successful The Avengers, and they're not going to give up that fast. Especially if they've got an ace up their sleeve to make it happen with aplomb
News moves fast around here, and it’s wholly possible JLA fans missed an important piece of recent information, so here are the three reasons why I’m convinced the Justice League movie will NOT be in theaters in 2015 (and why I believe we’ll likely never see it at all).
Latino Review editor Elmayimbe tweets a “Fanboy Fact of the Day” that when the studio courted Affleck or the director’s gig, they also wanted the actor to play Batman in the ensemble. Is it true? Maybe, but what does that gets us? It's still not happening.
When Warner Bros. released Ruben Fleischer's Gangster Squad in January there were a lot of comic book fans who muttered, "Uh oh" under their breath. Those who have been following the developing Justice League movie know that Gangster Squad writer Will Beall has been handling the project's script for a while now...
If Marvel Studios' Iron Man hadn't been a hit all the way back in 2008, it's hard to say if they would have been able to build the massively successful Marvel Cinematic Universe that we have today. The Jon Favreau film made $585 million worldwide during its theatrical run, which was able to propel the company past the disappointing Incredible Hulk and eventually on to The Avengers, which now stands as the third biggest box office hit of all time.
When making a superhero team-up film one of the obvious first things that needs to be determined is which superheros will actually make the team. For example, while characters like Black Panther, Ant-Man, and Wasp have all been members of The Avengers at one point or another, while making the film Marvel Studios and Joss Whedon ultimately settled on a lineup of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye.
Much as we might like it to be otherwise, the only person currently confirmed to be working on Warner Bros.' Justice League movie is screenwriter Will Beall. The Gangster Squad writer is presumably hard at work putting together a draft good enough to lure in a top-flight director, but while he works, we have nothing to but speculate about what he might bring us-- and boy, have we ever been speculating
Latino Review is going on record to say that Darkseid will be the villain in the Justice League film. And from a certain perspective, that makes sense. The ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid’s considered to be one of the strongest foes in the D.C. Comics catalogue. Creator Jack Kirby has said he referenced Hitler when coming up with Darkseid.
When an exciting story breaks as a rumor, with no official studio confirmation or publicists on board, the denial machine tends to kick in quickly. That goes double when the story is broken by online sites like this one, which--sadly-- still aren't considered in the same league as more typical trades like Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Deadline
It's just a rumor for now, but a completely fascinating one, and one that opens up all kinds of strange possibilities for the story a Justice League movie would tell. The biggest hurdle, of course, is that Gordon-Levitt isn't Bruce Wayne, and would be a tie-in to Nolan's universe in which, of course, Christian Bale is Bruce Wayne. Would a Justice League really do away with Bruce Wayne entirely and stick with a character Nolan invented for his third Batman film?
Sources have confirmed that the actor “absolutely will be appearing in Justice League as the new Batman.” That’s massive news. And yet, for those who watched the end of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, they understand where this line of thinking is coming from.
Presumably sometime before Zack Snyder's Man of Steel premieres on June 14 next year, we'll know a few more details about Justice League. But that movie could drop all kinds of hints about where Warner Bros. is going with their superhero team-up film, with a potential appearance from a Nick Fury-style character to link all the superheroes together,
Warner Bros. has spent a good amount of time dealing with legal battles for the rights to Superman.The families of the character's creators, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, has been trying to get the comic book hero back for years, but this week a major event occurred: a federal judge in Los Angeles ruled in favor of Warner Bros., giving them full rights to the Man of Steel. And that's very important considering their plans to make a Justice League movie.
Armie Hammer, he of the perfectly chiseled jaw and other genetic advantages the rest of us could only dream of, seems pretty much born to play a superhero, and he's coming close to it with next year's The Lone Ranger. But once upon a time he was set to play an actual superhero, cast tentatively as Batman in the Justice League movie that George Miller spent years putting together
With no concrete information on who will direct the film or star in it, it's rumor mill mania time for Justice League, which is positioned as DC's answer to Marvel's ultra-successful The Avengers, yet another collection of superheroes brought together for both the common good and massive box office profits
Now that Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy has officially come to an end, the big question on millions of minds is what's next for Batman at the movies. There have, of course, been rumors that the franchise could continue in-continuity with Joseph Gordon-Levitt taking over as the head of the franchise, but with Warner Bros. also developing a Justice League movie...