It's Official: Justice League Movie on Indefinite Hold!
On Monday we ran a rumor from Hollywood Insider that said the Justice League movie might get canned. An update was expected by today as the source said the studio had to make a final decision by January 15th. As promised an update has arrived, and it's confirmed - the Justice League movie is on indefinite hold! Comic book fans rejoice, this is a great day! If you find anyone that was actually excited for Justice League, I'll give you a prize, because no one I know was looking forward to this disaster project.
Our friends at IESB first broke this news with a report from a crew member on the set. It was confirmed later today by Variety as well. Although Warner Brothers won't exactly say their reasoning, the rumor is that the script still needs some tweaks and that they didn't get the tax breaks they wanted from Australia yet. Given the writers strike is still in full force, it's likely that this won't get back underway until late summer or fall at the very earliest, if ever. The crew has been given notices that they won't have work and most are already searching for other jobs.
First-time husband and wife writers Michele and Kieran Mulroney wrote the original script for this Justice League. I haven't heard of anything about the script, but given the film is featuring a group of younger actors as the superheroes, I'm guessing it really wasn't that great. The studio is hoping that all of the actors, which includes Adam Brody as the Flash, Armie Hammer Jr. as Batman, and Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, will keep their later half of the year open incase Justice League does go into production. But I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that it never does.
If you're still wondering why I'm so supportive of this film being canceled, the reasoning is quite simple. With Batman Begins / The Dark Knight and Superman Returns, creating a new Justice League movie from scratch with different (and younger) actors playing the same characters really does not sound good. Beyond that I really do not like Happy Feet's George Miller as the director. I don't personally know him and have never met him, but I have never trusted his abilities in the comic book movie realm and he just doesn't seem like a comic book / Justice League of America fan, which I think is certainly necessarily for this kind of movie. And beyond that, a real Justice League movie needs to be much more epic and enormous than what this project sounded like it would become.