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.
And Warner Bros. will be doing the same thing with their Justice League movie. In the team's 53 years of existence there's been an innumerable number of changeups and roster switches, as writers played with relationship dynamics and introduced new characters to one another. But at the end of the day in the film world even some of the most popular characters in the DC Comics canon will have to get the axe, and today arrives a rumor suggesting which ones might not be making it to live-action.
Latino-Review says that an inside source has revealed that the superhero lineup for the Justice League movie will consist of Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman - basically, the top five characters you expected them to make the movie with. But for fans of characters like Martian Manhunter or Aquaman, fear not: apparently there is still a chance that they could have cameo appearances, but they won't be a core member of the titular outfit.
Assuming this report is accurate, it's a pretty obvious way for Warner Bros. and DC to go with the movie. Three of the characters - for better and for worse - have had their own solo movies, and you'd have to search pretty hard for a person who has never heard of Wonder Woman or Flash. But how do you feel about the studio potentially keeping the lineup limited?
Justice League doesn't have a director or a release date yet, but is expected to be ready for summer 2015. Will Beall (Gangster Squad) is currently working on the script.
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