Oh No! That Damn Justice League Movie is Back!
Just when you thought the world was a safer place, Warner Brothers decided to screw things up and bring that damn Justice League of America movie back from the dead. In January we reported that the project had been put on "indefinite hold", at least until the writers strike had finished and they could figure out what the heck was going on with it. As we all know, the writers strike ended back on February 12th and now Warner Brothers is trying to get something into production because they're summer season is looking pretty bare. A report from Variety today confirms that Justice League is being pushed back into production for a 2009 debut and is possibly being rename to Justice League: Mortal.
As a refresher, Happy Feet director George Miller was attached and a script had been written by first-time husband and wife writers Michele and Kieran Mulroney. Miller is still attached as director and is currently in pre-production down in Australia, and Michele and Kieran are back hard at work polishing up the script. It's expected to be finalized and back in the studio's hands in a few weeks and all of the cast, as listed below, have been told to continue training and preparing for their superhero roles.
Now onto the important part - casting. In addition to all of the actors previously reported as part of the film, AICN rumored recently that Hugh Keays-Byrne would join as Martian Manhunter. Now here's the full line-up, as best we can tell:
Adam Brody - The Flash
Common - Green Lantern
Armie Hammer Jr. - Batman
D.J. Cotrona - Superman (rumored)
Megan Gale - Wonder Woman
Hugh Keays-Byrne - Martian Manhunter
Teresa Palmer - Talia Al Ghul (rumored)
Other updates on the project include that production on the movie is being moved from Australia to Vancouver, BC, possibly to save on costs. And yet another rumor popped up previously about the story that said that Batman and Superman were offed early on and not a major part of the film. For now we'll take all of these rumors with a grain of salt until some solid details officially come out.
Is this just a desperate attempt for Warner Brothers to salvage their 2009 summer movie season and put into production a movie that was "close" to being ready? I still stand by my belief that this movie is going to suck, terribly, and that even fast-tracking it for a 2009 release or polishing the script won't improve it. The Variety report claims that "Justice League is a huge priority for the studio and considered a launching pad for future superhero projects down the line." I am seriously fearing for the worst with Justice League: Mortal, and I hope that Warner Brothers really knows what they're doing. Is anyone still looking forward to this?
On a side note, has anyone caught that new animated Justice League: The New Frontier movie yet? It debuted at WonderCon but I didn't have a chance to see it. I've heard it's pretty good. It will probably be the best Justice League movie we'll ever get.