For the past decade or so, the superhero film has become a genre of its own. From movies like Iron Man, Spider-Man, and X-Men: First Class to Watchmen, The Dark Knight, and the extremely forgettable Jonah Hex, these films had high ups and extremely low downs. Marvel even has it's own movie studios! That's pretty amazing, and together with Disney, they're going to bring The Avengers, a superhero team I've grown to love over my years of geekdom, to the big screen. I think it's a great time to be a comic nerd, don't you? With WB doing things for DC's part, we've enjoyed awesome movies like Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Watchmen (and I'll totally not talk about the less than average Green Lantern). Lately, however, with the Avengers becoming a reality, fans like myself wonder what would happen if they did a Justice League film.
WB/DC aren't Marvel Studios. That being said, I sincerely doubt that they'd do the smart thing by introducing each member in their own films, only to have them meet in an eventual Justice League movie. With Nolan's Batman trilogy, and Snyder's soon-to-be Superman franchise on it's way, I also doubt that they would include the World's Finest in their JLA film. I feel that that'd be smart because, like it or not, this is a team film. With the general audience today, you know they're only gonna wanna see Superman/Batman kick all sorts of ass. This would cause pain to all the other great characters on the team (Flash, WW, etc.) in terms of screen time. So I'd rather Batman and Superman not be in a movie like this.
So here are my personal, somewhat cliche, choices for an imaginary, live-action, 5 person Justice League movie.
- Wonder Woman- Face it. Women are barely represented in the superhero genre thus far, and the only movie heroines are almost knock-offs of existing characters (i.e. Laura Croft = Indiana Jones). She's more than suitable to lead a team and DC needs to emphasize their feminist voice without the aid of their golden character, Batman (with characters like Catwoman and possibly Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises).
- The Flash- This character gets little to no exposure when it comes to your modern-day TV/films. It doesn't exactly matter which Scarlet Speedster they choose for the film, but as a fan of the Silver Age, I'd like for it to be Barry Allen (even though Wally's my favorite). The possible brains of the group (as Barry is a talented scientist), he can also provide comic relief. He'll play nicely with everyone, but perhaps butt heads if the situation calls for it.
- Green Lantern- True, while his solo film failed miserably, it's not the character's fault. Hal Jordan could translate extremely well to the big screen with the proper talent and script. Of course I choose Hal Jordan to wear the emerald ring for this film because a) I like the Silver Age, and b) he's always bonded very well to Barry Allen. I also feel that, since this is Hal we're talking about, he'll constantly question/butt heads with his teammates. This will make Hal extremely unpredictable, and fun to watch in a team setting.
- Martian Manhunter- Since this is Hollywood we're talking about, we'll need some race diversity on our team. What better way to represent any race than an alien? He's different than all the other heroes, but quite possibly, the strongest member of this team. His morals are fantastic and he's an extremely interesting character. Furthermore, the team needs someone that's level headed to balance the questioning/harassment from Hal Jordan. He could also be the reason the team forms in the first place, i.e. Bruce Timm's Justice League.
-Aquaman- Like the Flash and Martian Manhunter, Aquaman is barely utilized in the public eye, and this would be a perfect time to show what he can do on the big screen. This could either be the Aquaman that's currently being written by Geoff Johns or the King Arthur-type Aquaman written by Grant Morrison in his JLA run. Commander of 2/3's of the Earth itself, Aquaman is an absolute muscle to the team. He's loyal, skilled in battle, and could be this team's "Thor" as he's not used to the surface world and how it works. He could even have a relationship with Wonder Woman. I think they'd be beautiful for each other.
Together, I think this select group of characters can make for an outstanding Justice League film, providing that DC/WB doesn't do things the "Marvel Studios way".
How the team could come together could be a variety of things: White Martians attack the city, a freak war between the Amazons and Atlantians, the threat from an unbeatable villain, etc. This movie would have to be at least two hours (possibly even moreso) to get every little thing stretched across. Once this movie is done, who knows? Maybe the members would get their own spin-off movies. A Barry Allen movie that introduces Wally West as Kid Flash? A Hal Jordan movie that introduces the other GL's like Kyle, Guy, and John? How about a Teen Titans movie for a spin-off? Sign me up for that!
Another alternative (possibly more expensive depending who they cast) would be a JLA movie (complete with Superman and Batman) shot in the "Uncanny Valley Style". "Uncanny Valley" is the same type of animation used in films like Beowulf, The Polar Express, and A Christmas Carol. The trailer for DC Universe Online used this style, and I thought it a) looked beautiful and b) did all the characters justice in terms of design. But hey, if you like live-action better, who am I to judge? I think that looked badass:
So, to end this really long blog that probably won't be read but I really hope you do read sorry for the run-on sentence. This is what I think about a JLA movie and how it should/could be handled.
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