My Ideas for a Justice League Quadrology

#1 Edited by OutlawRenegade (1394 posts) - - Show Bio

Justice League

Based on: The Justice League episode "Secret Origins"

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The film opens on Mars during the Cretaceous Period (65 million years ago) on Earth. J'onn J'onzz, his band of Manhunters, and a few women and children are the last of the Green Martians. After a 7 year war over Martian resources and religious differences, the White Martians have put the Green Martian race on the brink of extinction. Due to the war, Mars is becoming less and less inhabitable. We see J'onn and his squad leave their families to attack a secret White Martian project. Once the Manhunters arrive at the White Martian base, they discover--to their horror--that the White Martians intend on leaving for Earth on two ships and destroying all life on Mars with an "Extinction Bomb." J'onn and his brother split their band into two groups to tackle this issue. J'onn's brother and his squad sneak aboard the first White Martian ship headed to Earth and destroy it while it's on its way to Earth. The resulting debris wipes out the dinosaurs. After his squad dies fighthing, J'onn redirect's the "Extinction Bomb" to the second White Martian ship headed to Earth. The explosion damages the White Martian ship, kills all Green Martians remaining, traps the White Martian ship underneath the surface of Mars, and leaves J'onn and hundreds of White Martians trapped in the ship's suspended animation.

65 million years later, two astronauts land on Mars to investigate radiation being emitted from underneath the surface of Mars. They fall into a Martian cavern and accidentally free the Martians from suspended animation. One is swiftly killed, the other--John Jones--is wounded as J'onn helps him escape back to his ship. John Jones dies on the journey back to Earth after he asks J'onn to help the people of Earth. J'onn assumes his identity.

We then jump to three months later. "John Jones" pays a visit to Star Labs to meet with Tech Titan Victor Stone. Dubbed "Cyborg" by the press, Victor Stone and his team of scientists travel the world discovering and reverse engineering alien technology that has crash-landed on Earth. On one of his expeditions, he suffered a near fatal injury, but was saved when the "Omegadrome" bonded to his body.J'onn reveals his true form to Cyborg, and he psychically shows Victor what is coming.

On Paradise Island, Diana of Themyscira has visions of the end of Man's world. She pleads with her mother to leave the magic veil that protects Themyscira so that she can help protect the world. Her mother refuses and tells her that if an Amazon leaves Paradise Island, she may never come back. In the cover of darkness, Diana follows her heart and leaves the island. Green Lantern Hal Jordan picks up big traces of energy headed to Earth. When he goes to investigate, he is overwhelmed by Martian forces and is forced to head back to Earth to recharge his ring. The Martian forces are not too far behind, and a full scale invasion of Earth commences. Despite being warned by Cyborg and the Martian Manhunter, Earth's armies are devastated by the Martian Vanguard. Cyborg and Martian Manhunter are captured and held captive in Martian sciencells. The Martians plan on studying them before killing them. In their cells, the two meet other captured heroes who tried fighting the invasion--Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern. The six manage to escape captivity after the Flash speeds up his heart beat to the point that it looks like he has flatlined. When the White Martians come to check on him, the six make their move.

Superman quickly establishes that he is the natural leader of the group when he inspires the group to work together. They head to Gotham City to take the fight to the epicenter of the Martian invasion. There they encounter the Batman, who helps them to plan an attack on the Martians. In the end, the team is victorious. A few days later, Superman convinces the group to stay together because they can do more as a team than as individuals. "What, so you want us top be a bunch of Super Friends?," says the Flash. Superman replies, "No, I was thinking more like... a Justice League."

Justice League II

Based on the story "Tower of Babel" by Mark Waid

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Justice League III

Based on Season 2 of Justice League Unlimited

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Justice League IV

Based on Season 3 of Justice League Unlimited and The Once and A Future Thing

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#2 Posted by Funrush (1411 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd prefer Cyborg replaced with Aquaman and Hal replaced with John Stewart.

#3 Posted by TheCannon (20173 posts) - - Show Bio

It's pretty good, but (to me) it has way too many Leaguers starting in the second one, let alone when you get into the third one.

#4 Posted by WDW (1551 posts) - - Show Bio

A rule of story telling and script writing is no more than 4 main characters.

If you have 5 Justice League Characters one needs to be relatively minor compared to to the main 4 characters if you have 6 characters 2 need to be relatively minor. What I would do it make 3 main characters and 2 secondary for any justice league movie

Major Characters

Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman

Supporting Cast

Flash Green Lantern

#5 Posted by sethysquare (3964 posts) - - Show Bio

@OutlawRenegade: I'll replace MM with Aquaman. No one cares about MM really.

#6 Posted by fodigg (6209 posts) - - Show Bio

Nitpick: it's "roll call", not "role call". Alright, now let me put the technical writer away and read your post.

#7 Posted by Twentyfive (2918 posts) - - Show Bio

@Funrush said:

I'd prefer Cyborg replaced with Aquaman and Hal replaced with John Stewart.


My Idea is to base parts 3 and 4 on Season 1 of JLU, when the public didn't trust the heroes, and the government was working on making their own super-powered individuals. Best JL story EVER! Waller whoopin Batman's butt, Emil Hamilton goes to the dark side. Supergirl vs Powergirl... Luthor behind it all. Such and such.

#8 Posted by fodigg (6209 posts) - - Show Bio

JL 1:

  • Starting with the alien as the PoV character is risky. I'd start with Cyborg as the young(er) PoV character and have him just researching the martian tech. Possibly even having his accident right there. The PoV character usually doesn't start with powers anyway.
  • This is a lot of introduction to the green/white martian conflict, and the stakes seem so much higher in the beginning than they do once J'onn is freed. Maybe save the extinction bomb for the macguffin of the plot, not just the prologue.
  • I'm on your last paragraph and the JL is still unformed. I think it's a mistake to have lots of origin in this, even without separate movies to introduce people to the characters. They should hit the ground running with the JL unofficially formed--WW is already flying around with Steve Trevor, Flash is already the hero of Keystone and fighting the Rogues, Green Lantern is recognized by the UN for his work as their galactic representative (or something)--and when J'onn & Cyborg show up and present the threat, it then becomes official that they're going to team up. But it has to happen some time in the 2nd act, if not the end of the first.
  • Also, there's no central villain that I'm seeing here. You need a "Loki" for this to work.


  • I like Tower of Babel. You could throw almost any major villain in there and it would work.
  • Wow that's a big cast. I'd argue that your JL1 cast was tough enough to handle. Some of these would have to be cameos. Who would be the main heroes? At least one of the new characters should be a main hero and he could be the PoV vehicle for the audience. Also, there's nothing wrong with dropping some members of your first film or putting them in cameo roles.


  • All of season 2? I forget off the top of my head what the central plot was. I'd argue you should have tighter focus than an entire season of stories though.
  • Again, huge cast. Even bigger than before. The huge cast might have worked for JLU but that's because they could focus on smaller groups each episode.


  • Same as above for JL3.
#9 Posted by britsera (205 posts) - - Show Bio

Tower of Babel! <3 BUT I would have it happen later, one movie isn't enough to really build up the relationship between the team and feel the betrayal, etc.

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