Other Potential ‘Justice League’ Directors Reportedly Include Zack Snyder & McG

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

Justice League Movie Writer Will Beall Other Potential Justice League Directors Reportedly Include Zack Snyder & McG

The search is on for a viable candidate to direct Warner Bros./DC Comics’ Justice League live-action movie, which accounts for the plethora of JL rumors circulating right now. Early consensus is Zack Snyder’s approaching Superman reboot, Man of Steel, won’t kick off a series of interconnected DC superhero films that build up to Justice League - like how Marvel’s Iron Man laid the foundation for The Avengers; rather, the DC teamup will arrive right after Man of Steel (potentially rebooting the Batman movie franchise in the process).

Some eight filmmakers are reportedly being eyed for the Justice League directing job right now – scroll down to learn who’s been identified as a contestant so far.

Ben Affleck was the first person singled out as a serious contender to tackle Justice League, but he shot down those rumors over the weekend. Shortly thereafter, new reports emerged that Andy and Lana Wachowski are in the running, thanks to Warner Bros.’ approval of their big-budget, star-studded, ensemble adaptation Cloud Atlas – not to mention, their proven adoration of the comic book medium (the Matrix trilogy, for example, was heavily influenced by Japanese manga).

Last night, reports that Brett Ratner could be in charge of Justice League began making the rounds, but were by and large dismissed as rumor (much to the relief of many a comic book fan). However, Peter Georgious of ThinkMcflyThink has lent further credibility to that assertion, while also revealing three more filmmakers who are (or, at the least, were) being considered for JL – namely, Zack Snyder, Ruben Fleischer, and McG.

Snyder is currently busy putting the finishing touches on his Superman reboot, but makes sense as someone who Warner Bros/DC would consider to direct Justice League. The studio has maintained a comfortable working relationship with Snyder through times both good (300, Watchmen) and bad (Sucker Punch); moreover, reactions to the Man of Steel footage released so far has been overall positive. It’s a situation that recalls when Marvel was said to be grooming Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau for the Avengers job – that is, before the mixed response to Iron Man 2 (and the subsequent hiring of Joss Whedon).

Fleischer, by comparison, is fresh off directing the Warner Bros. crime drama Gangster Squad. Preliminary buzz is that the studio heartily approves of the film – which partly accounts for why the movie is currently being recut and delayed, in order to avoid associations with the Colorado theater massacre last month. Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall is also penning the Justice League script, so that provides all the more reason to believe that Warner Bros./DC would be open to reuniting the writer-director pair for another high-profile, dark and mature ensemble piece.

The “problem-child” of the aforementioned trio is, of course, onetime music video helmer-turned-filmmaker, McG. He does have such lucrative hits as Charlie’s Angels and Terminator Salvation to his credit, along with a longtime role as co-showrunner on the successful CW television series Supernatural. However, McG is essentially a glorified director-for-hire who specializes in popcorn entertainment – rather than ambitious spectacle-driven projects and comic book adaptations that the Wachowskis and Snyder are known for. Even Ratner boasts X-Men: The Last Stand as qualification for Justice League (yes, we’re citing X-Men 3 experience as a good thing in this case… comparatively speaking).

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Bear in mind, none of the aforementioned directors should be considered as locks for the Justice League job – assuming they are, in fact, still circling the project (or were actually in the running at any point in time). Moreover, by our count, there are still three people vying for the JL helmer’s chair that have yet to be announced in public, so the winner could be someone else (besides the names discussed here, that is).

None of the filmmakers mentioned so far have spotless track records, but many of them do have a project or two on their resume that suggests they could deliver a satisfying Justice League movie. We will keep our fingers crossed that one of the more promising candidates (or another option altogether) secures the job – and continue to keep you posted, as the story develops.

Who do you want to direct Justice League? Sound off in the comments section.


Source: ThinkMcflyThink [via CBM]

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  1. I think it will come down to Snyder, The Wachowski’s and Fleischer. I’d rather Snyder stays with Supes and make that his own Superhero franchise then again with his Watchmen experience he might be game for JL.

    • I agree. I think that would produce the best seperate movie series if you had one directors vision per franchise. If they even plan on having multiple franchises.

      • i loved the matrix movies .. and i thought they probably ended the movie the best way they could .. so i would be sooo down with them on justice leauge .. or green lantern .. the action in these movies were epic and i just kept thinking what a supes / zod thow down would look like with the wachowskis at the helm .. so my vote is for htem and for snyder to stick with supes and maybe even reboot the batman ..

  2. Any idea who these 3 unknown names are?

  3. Terminator Salvation was lucrative?

    • same thing jumped in my mind lol

      • i mean, i didn’t think salvation was a BAD movie but it wasn’t great either. was definitely better than T3

        • Yet, the ending of T3 was better than the rest of T3 and Salvation combined.

          • i actually liked salvation .. lol …

    • Lol the best thing about Terminator Salvation was the NIN song used in the trailer. I thought the reason why there never was a T5 was bc Salvation wasn’t successful enough

  4. Outside of the Wachowskis, just kind of a cavalcade of crap here, to varying degrees. And even the Wachowskis are kind of on the sketchy end, barring how ‘Cloud Atlas’ turns out. Fleischer is the only out-of-the-box thinking here. WB/DCE should do more of that.

  5. If Man of Steel turns out to be great, I want Snyder to direct JL. All of his movies have been solid with the exception of Sucker Punch, but because he wrote it.

    Nolan isn’t interested in Justice League, so Bruce Timm would be great as a writer/producer. He did some great jobs with animated series such as Justice League, Batman.

  6. if the script is solid, give it to zack. he shines when it comes to bringing a good script to the screen.

    • This.

      • man i almost walked out of sucker punch .. but i really liked dawn of the dead .. i thought 300 was kind of overrated to be honest .. and same with watchmen i mean i thought he made it work but it tought the characters were tooo much .. but i would be ok with snyder doing jl .. but as i said before i prefer if he stuck with supes and maybe rebooted batman ..

    • Very much agree. I really like Zynder. I’ll (graciously) forgive him for Sucker Punch


    One of the things Marvel got right is they took their time, introducing every character in their respective films.

    I think it’s idiotic to have Justice League directly after Man of Steel…how can you introduced every member in one hour? DC Comics needs some more intelligent producers, because as of now JLA will be rushed into a major disappointment.

    • They can always go with a longer runtime just like lord of the rings but I doubt it. I just hope they’ll get an amazing script and let each character get their respected amount of screentime just like the avengers. For now I just hope the director who is selected is familiar with each character that will be in the JL film.

    • disagree most movies have more then a few characters .. xmen introduced alot more then justice league .. so did watchmen . .. i mean your must be a marvel person who thinks the only way to do a movie is marvels way …. releasing justice league after man of steel is brilliant ..

      • I will agree. I mean people will already know superman, batman, and green lantern. So really all you have to do is introduce flash, wonder woman, and aquaman. (and maybe cyborg or Martian man hunter.) they introduced and fleshed out more characters in xmen, and not just the first xmen either. Not to mention if wonder woman does have a cameo in mn of steel than they could introduce her there. In fact the end of mos could be the setup for jla. Steve Trevor could introduce supermn to WW and he tells them about an onterdentional rift that has opened up under the ocean (que aquaman’s intro). And the rift cod be darkesieds doing. See, not tht hard.

  8. I’m still not a fan of Snyder, but at least he’s a better choice than Ratner… by a long shot IMO.
    McG isn’t exactly a good director either, but Terminator Salvation and Charie’s Angles were fun to watch – although I’d hope a Justice league movie would be much more than “fun”…
    Can’t comment of Ruben Fleischer since I’ve never seen any of his films.

    … out of these three (four if you count Ratner), I’d hope for Snyder to get the job.

    • u mustof seen Ruben Fleischer films he directed Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less

      • Nope, haven’t seen ‘em yet.

        • u would love Zombieland that movie is funny. 30 Minutes or Less is not great imo.

          anyway WB is doing this movie all wrong. why even consider Brett Ratner or McG are the guys at WB run by idiots. also is Legendary Pictures involved in this project. if not they movie imo will be rubbish. WB tried to do Green Lantern own their own and that never work.

          i rather have a shortlist of directors who got standard i.e.

          - Danny Boyle
          - Duncan Jones
          - Darren Aronofsky
          - Guillermo del Toro

          i even wouldnt mind if Louis Leterrier was on the shortlist he id a good The Incredible Hulk.

          • i loved thiry minutes or less .. and i think he should tackle a flash solo movie .. but not justice league ..

  9. There’s two ways to look at this. One is that WB/DC is just kind of throwing this out to everyone and seeing what sticks. Again, rumors being rumors, who knows who is actually talking to whom and about what. The other way is that this is probably no different from any other movie in the past. It’s just that back then, no one heard about all the different names in mind for director until way after the fact. Everything is so immediate now there is very little time to digest and reflect.

    • Yes. Exactly.

  10. Snyder is horrible writer. He proved that in Sucker Punch.

    He is great as a director. I’m suprised how little love he gets for Watchmen. It had great cinematography, music choice and is one of the best superhero movies. My only complaint would be he needs to cut out the slo-mo.

  11. Brad Bird, Guillermo del Toro or Peter Jackson. These are the tier level directors you need.

    • Del Toro was on the list for MOS too if I remember correctly so Im sure he’ll get a pick.

    • Now THAT’S an ambitious list. I don’t have a clue if Jackson has any passion for superheroes though (plus he’s still busy with Hobbit)

  12. Look…’300′ and the ‘Watchmen’…I’ll take Zack Snyder over The Rat (Brett Ratner)anyday…

  13. Just give Chris Nolan $200 million to direct the movie. Or go after some top talented directors instead of ones they can get real cheap.

    • He is not interested.

  14. Ratner and McG? Again? Haven’t people learned from X-Men: The Last Stand and Terminator Salvation that these two are hacks-for-hire?

  15. I don’t like any of these directors. But i’m seriously starting to lose hope in a JS movie. If The Man of Steel delivers like it should then just give the JS project to Synder and hope for the best.

  16. Without a clear plan, I just don’t see how they’re gonna pull this off. I’ll hope for the best, but expect something less than that.

  17. if mcg and rattner are selected, consider this as DOA when its tries to USURP AVENGERS from its comic book box office record…

  18. Kevon Smith for director maybe? I love his work on “BATMAN: THE WIDENING GYRE”

  19. *kevin

  20. This movie sounds like it’s just speculation at this point and they may as well announce Alan Smithee as the director. They don’t seem like they have script or and any idea of who they will cast in this movie, the only reason people from Warner are trying to cobble something together right now is because of the crazy money the Avengers made.

  21. I was really rooting for Ben Affleck. Its sad that no one else seems to be worthy of this huge project. Chris Nolan stepped away from this. Its a good thing he did. Other directors should step up. Maybe his brother could. Anyway, I’d vote for J.J Abrams at this point. He’s more capable and credible as a director than Rattner or the Wachowskis.

  22. Their going straight into a jl movie?? They have to make at least 3 solo movies with ww, flash, green lantern/ aquaman. If they dont do that jl is gonna get rushed and its gonna suck

    • i disagree .. they can use mos as the jumping off point and if they were smart they would do an after credit scene with wonderwoman and martian manhunter … then do a justice league movie with an after credit scene of the ridder and use that as a jumping off point for a batman reboot .. they dont have to follow marvels formula .. they can make their own ..

  23. They need to have one soid team to make JL it is to important to screw up I want Bruce Timm and Johnathon Nolan to write it and Zach Snyder to make it he has made some of the best movies Dawn of the Dead,Watchmen,and 300 but whoever they get they need to do all the JL movies so they have the same feel that is one major thing i hated about the avengers set of movies but is what Chris Nolan got right with the Dark Knight trilogy personally i would like to see it done in multiple movies instead of introducing all the characters in 1 movie but the need to b as long as avengers and TDKR

  24. what about the director of star series Spartacus. that series has some great visuals effects,

  25. If I’m to pick from just this list I’d go with Snyder and then the Wachowski’s.
    If either Ratner or MCG end up with the job I’ll join the chorus predicting gloom and doom…
    I have to believe WB/DC has to be smart enough to realize that hiring Ratner or MCG would be a serious mistake. IMO they’d be better off hiring a unknown or Fleischer rather than someone with some bad baggage. There’s to much at stake.

  26. I’d like brad bird

  27. Daniel Espinosa (Safe House)

  28. I think it’s best just to see how Man of Steel performs first before speculating on any Justice League movie. After all Avengers only happened because of the huge success of the 1st Iron Man movie.

    If takes 5-7 years of build up to get a perfect Justice League movie then so be it.

  29. I want a great director who loves the Justice League and has a passion for the project and characters!