DC Comics and Warner Bros. are following in the footsteps of Marvel Studios' The Avengers by resurrecting their defunct Justice League movie. The recent announcement that writer Will Beall has been working on the Justice League script for some time was exciting enough for comic fans; today, we actually have first word on what Beall's script is like.
Of course, you may want to take or leave the forthcoming impression of Beall's work, given the source.
Comic book scribe Mark Millar (Wanted, Kick-Ass) is talking up Beall's Justice League script, which he apparently knows about through a guy who knows the guy (hence the 'take it or leave it warning). This is what Millar posted on his own forum:
A pal of mine is good friends with the new Justice League screenwriter and said his take on the team is incredible. Very real-world and not at all what you might expect. WB has a chequered history with their superhero characters. They’re great with their boy wizards, but less consistent with their DC stable. But my chum said that this could be a thing of beauty and has been in the works for a little while now, not just an Avengers knock-off. Best of luck to them. The tidbits I heard sound quite dark and mature, which isn’t what I expected. But word on Gangster Squad is great too, so I feel this is in really good hands.
If you've been reading any of our coverage of Kick-Ass 2 (the upcoming sequel to Millar's hit comic-turned-film), then you already know how we feel about the guy. SPOILER ALERT: He tends to talk a lot of things up - only some of those things turn out to be accurate. Hearing about something 'from somebody who knows somebody' is already pushing us into 'Whisper Down the Lane' territory; but, from a geek perspective, there's good incentive to believe in Millar's assessment.
While The Avengers has been overwhelmingly well-received by geeks and non-geeks alike, I think that true comic book aficionados would expect something different from Justice League. Somehow, I just don't see Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman sitting around joking like Tony Stark, Captain America and Thor. That's all to say: The tone of a Justice League movie should probably be different and (gasp!) more serious. After all, the League members are basically like the Gods of Olympus, with a cynical human (Batman) constantly worrying about their combined power. Way different than a bunch of sci-fi-themed misfits trying to function together.
What kind of tone and style do you think a Justice League movie should have? Light and fun like Avengers; dark and realistic like the Nolan Batman films? Or something else entirely?
Source: Millar World (via CBM)
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