Warner Bros, Just Make “Justice League” Now

Mark Hughes' editorial on Batman-on-film.com about how Warner Bros should develop the DC Movie Universe building up to a "Justice League" movie was well-written and reasoned, saying they should develop heroes solo and then make that movie. I argue (as some have in the comments) that Warners should just make "Justice League" now. They've blown it with solo movies. Hughes makes a great point that WB should build the solo characters (Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, etc) in their own movies first and then build "JL" on the momentum, similar to how "The Avengers" was pulled off.
"Besides spreading the financial risk and helping provide financial backing for all the other related and future endeavors, starting with solo franchises also gives each character the necessary time to shine on their own and establishes them in film continuity, so that it’s unnecessary to address background and origins within a Justice League film later."
The catch is that WB can't afford that time. Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight Trilogy" exists in a world without superheroes other than Batman, to the point where his parents are shot in "Batman Begins" outside of an operahouse, not the showing of "Zorro" of myth. Bringing Batman into a franchise set in a world with superheroes will require another reboot (which will probably happen anyway) but as I've mentioned before audiences get kind of unsettled about reboots less than 5 years out. "Green Lantern" left audiences lukewarm and underperformed at the box office, so a sequel is not confirmed; Huges notes it did about as well as "The Incredible Hulk," but it should be noted Marvel isn't planning on another Hulk film. Forget about Wonder Woman, that property has been in development hell for years (every nerd who wants to point out Joss Whedon was working on it briefly may do so now). The biggest hope that "solo into ensemble movie" approach is if "Man of Steel," the upcoming Superman reboot, somehow references the world of "Green Lantern" and builds momentum for a "JL" movie. Maybe have Angela Basset come back as Amanda Waller, or even have the upcoming "Arrow" figure into everything. But if they don't tie it in somehow, they need to go full speed ahead.

Building up and getting people excited for a "Justice League" movie is all well and good, but the various comics and TV series have been getting by expecting people to have some knowledge of the characters as they go in for years. Just make the movie. Geoff Johns' "Justice League" series launched last year before we got any new/updated solo series. The general public knows who Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash and Aquaman are. They may not necessarily know their origins or secret identities, but in a ensemble movie like this, they don't have to. Instead of languishing the franchises in reboots and development hell, give everyone what they want. Developing the cast solo only works if all the movies are great ("Iron Man") or at least enjoyable ("Thor," "Captain America"). "Green Lantern" was neither of these things, and we have no idea on "Man of Steel." Honestly if you just focus on the cast of the original appearance (GL, Aquaman, Flash, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter), then you just bring in Ryan Reynolds and build the cast around him, which even "Waiting" could pull off. Bring in Supes and Bats for the sequel.

C'mon DC and Warner Bros, don't bury the punchline. Give us "Justice League" in 2014.

This post originally appeared on Kyle's Geeky Blog About Comics.
4 Comments
4 Comments
Posted by ssejllenrad

Not gonna happen. IIRC, 3 year superhero hiatus after Man of Steel...

Posted by Static Shock

@ssejllenrad: Really?

Posted by ssejllenrad

@Static Shock: I could be wrong. But IIRC, it was among the many announcements back in SDCC... Again, I could be wrong.

Posted by Static Shock

@ssejllenrad: I'll have to look it up.