With the announcement of the Justice League movie release date set for summer 2015, the internet has been abuzz with opinions. Now it’s time for mine, because obviously it matters what I think. So first of all, as desperately as I want a Justice League movie, I am not excited about this announcement. I don’t trust Warner Brothers, or even DC really right now.
They seem to be running around doing things half cocked just to do things. And so many things they’ve done in their comics and across other media have been irksome. The New 52? Great in theory. Flimsy in execution. Pardon me while I go on a brief rantangent; In an attempt to streamline their universe and increase the popularity of their characters, they have shrunk it and desaturated it with a lot of what made it great. Character histories and personalities are being re-weritten without much faith to what has come before. Comic book fans (who are some of the most dedicated and particular fan bases in existance) want the characters we know and love to do new and exciting things. And I guess somehow to be new and exciting they decided that characters needed to be rebuilt from the bottom up. That’s no bueno. We want our characters and their mythology to stay intact and established, so that they can go off and do new things and grow, not so we can get to know this new character masquerading as someone we used to know (coughtimdrakecough).
Then there’s the issue of DC Nation. Though this seems to be more of a Cartoon Network problem, I’m really afraid we’ll see the pulling of YJ and GLTAS to be substituted with animation that is more in line with the New 52. Do not want. But that is just speculation. And of course we also have the lack of DC movie success so far. Superman Returns? Sucked. Green Lantern, though I didn’t hate it, it wasn’t a success. Jonah Hex? Another bomb. I’m really cautiously hopeful about Man of Steel but it might not even be tied into the JL movies anyway?
ANYWAY, what I want to see? An Animated Justice League movie. Yup. What does DC do better than almost anything else? Animation. The entire DCAU line, the animated movies, the other smaller shows like The Batman, Batman Brave and the Bold, Legion of Superheroes, and of course Young Justice and Green Lantern? All incredible. Why not capitalize on this?
Live Action is obviously a huge market. And it’d be awesome to see the Justice League brought to life on the big screen. The thing is, I don’t know if they can pull it off. Especially if they’re going to try to do it by 2015. I’m just nervous they’ll rush it.
So, why an animated movie? Because they’re good at it already and they could easily balance the line of kid appeal and adult appeal. Pixar movies are hugely popular, especially now that the kids who grew up with them (me) are becoming adults. They could also easily spin out into sequel films OR animated tv shows. Think about it, they’ve already built a cohesive animated universe before, so why not do it again on a larger scale? And let’s be honest, what Marvel did with its movies is exactly what the DCAU did with JLU.
The Creative Team:
Get Geoff Johns and Paul Dini to write the script. Get Bruce Timm and Alex Ross to work on character models and animation directing. Get Andrea Romano to voice cast.
Animation style? I’d be ok with a more classic Timm style, but they’re using the CG in GLTAS so I could totally get into a really cool pixar-y style or even a style reminiscent of the DCUO trailer.
My vote would be for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. I think most of those are all givens.
I’d love the see the Magnificent 7 classic line up. The tricky part is diversity. Before you groan, diversity is important. That’s why I’d be totally okay with John Stewart as the Green Lantern, even though I love Hal. I don’t want Cyborg in the league, I love Vic but I think he’ll always be a Titan to me. I think Aquaman could work in the movie, and I’d love to see him there, but I’d also think it’d be cool to see Hawkgirl, which would be reminiscent of the animated series. Martian Manhunter isn’t necessarily the most interesting character, but I think he could work, especially if his alter ego is black.
The knee jerk reaction would obviously be Darkseid because he’s the DCU’s biggest bad and he’s in the New 52’s JL. But as much as I love Darkseid, I don’t think he’s a good pick for the first villain. I mean in JL: Origins he was really boring. He didn’t do much at all expect invade with Parademons and shoot some lazers.
I’d love to see a White Martian invasion like in the cartoon, I think it’s a great origin story. I don’t think the Appelaxians or Starro would really be intersting enough.
I think a Legion of Doom story ala Ross/Krueger’s Justice could be REALLY awesome! But that could work better for a sequel.
I want a Justice League animated movie. Really bad. But I don’t know if they’ll be able to do it. I think an animated movie would be a much smarter direction to go. But all I can do is just hope and hope that they can pull off this Justice League movie.