Justice League Movie Doomed to Die? Hooray!
by Alex Billington
January 14, 2008
I've certainly been public about my resentment of the Justice League movie previously. I don't think I'm alone here when I say that almost everything seems bad about the project (well, not the costumes). More than anything I'm on Christopher Nolan's side, where I'm worried that it will tarnish the brilliance of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. But besides that, Warner Brothers is just doing it all wrong. They're making a Teen Titans movie with different actors (and thus different characters) and butchering it to hell with the typical Hollywood bullshit. However, an internal studio deadline is coming, and from the sounds of it, Justice League may be canned entirely!
The Hollywood Insider Blog on Entertainment Weekly posted this update last week:
"The ongoing WGA strike now has Warner Bros.' superhero bonanza Justice League of America in its crosshairs. A source tells Hollywood Insider that filmmakers would like another script rewrite and are now debating whether to begin shooting without one. The studio has a Jan. 15 deadline to either greenlight League for a spring production start -- meaning a summer '09 release -- or push it into the post-strike ether."
As Devin at CHUD also confirms via his source, nothing is going well and it's likely that it may not last too long. It sounds like everyone who might know anything about the project is saying that it's one hell of a mess. If you've been following anything on Justice League, you'll know that the casting has gone through some rough times. A couple months back it seemed like there would be a new casting rumor every day, and each new actor seemed to get worse and worse. And now 24 hours from the studio deadline, we still don't have 100% official casting confirmations!
To top that off, the Writers Strike is still in full force and that means nothing can be done about the script just yet. Husband and wife writers Michele and Kieran Mulroney were originally assigned to pen the script. I would expect Warner Brothers to be smart enough not to just green light a terrible screenplay, but that's probably just a pipe dream. Now I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for the worst - I'm hoping that Warner Brothers decides that this is so screwed up that they may as well just toss it in the toilet and get rid of it once and for all. At least until a real filmmaker, like Christopher Nolan, brings it up again.
Obviously if anything big happens or any announcements are made tomorrow, January 15th, we'll be the first to bring them to you. Until then, let's pose a question - does anyone think this could actually make any money if they made it as planned? Would people go see a Teen Titans-like Justice League movie full of young actors and a half-assed story?