After being shut down due to script issues (and the strike), among other things, Justice League may be coming back to life, but without two major characters. But reports, rumors and more are making it difficult to figure out what really is going on. I hope I can set the record straight. Well, as much as possible.
As we all know, the decision to make JL without Christian Bale as Batman and Brandon Routh as Superman, set off a storm in the fandom world. Plus, Bale and The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan expressed their displeasure with the movie going forward.
Soon enough, director George Miller found his new cast to fill the heroic shoes (or boots), but ran into major script trouble, and with the writers strike still on at the time, no re-writes could take place. Add to that major issue that the start of production rapidly was approaching, Warner Bros. pulled the plug in Australia, where the film was to shoot.
But there may be new life in the project.
The latest reports (or rumors, if that’s what they are) say that both Batman and Superman are out of the film, but Megan Gale and rapper/actor Common are still playing Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, respectively. I’m assuming Adam Brody is still onboard as The Flash.
Now that the strike is over, WB apparently wants to make a Nolan/Bale Batman 3, they’re looking for new writers for Superman: The Man of Steel (with director Bryan Singer still onboard, along with Routh), hence no Supes or Bats in JL. The revamped JL may shoot in the late spring or early summer 2008, barring a potential actors strike when their contract expires in late June (don’t count on it), or more fan outcry.
So, what do I think? Well, as much as I didn’t want to see a Bale-less/Routh-less JL, I really don’t want to see a Batman-less/Superman-less JL. I think WB should move forward with Batman 3 (rumored to be titled Shadow of the Bat) and Superman 2, and then look into a JL movie with Bale and Routh.
At least Marvel is doing it right with its Avengers movie, which Jon Favreau wants to direct. They’ve been rumored to be signing all the major players from the individual movies, like Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) and Edward Norton (Hulk) for the Avengers flick.
Only time will tell if JL moves forward, but I have a feeling we may be seeing individual DC character movies featuring Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, etc. I’m keeping my eye on this! By the way, the movie may not open until 2010, at the earliest.
Source: Justice League On Film