Rumor: Warner Bros. Now Developing DC's 'Legion of Super-Heroes'
With Warner Bros. staking out two dates every year through 2020 for films based on DC Comics' properties, you can be sure there's plenty of projects in development that we don't know about. While Justice League is expected to be one of the films following Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, along with rumors of standalone films for Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa's Aquaman, no one has been very sure just what else might fill the extensive superhero calendar. Now we have an idea of one of the titles coming as a rumor from Latino Review reports Legion of Super-Heroes is out to writers. Read on!
As you may have guessed, Legion of Super-Heroes is another team of super powered do-gooders, and right now Warner Bros. is currently on the hunt for writers to come up with a pitch for a film adaptation. That means it's pretty early days, and the studio is just seeing if there's a writer with a good idea out there for a potential feature film, but the fact that they're going with a more obscure superhero team so early seems pretty bold. But following the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, this more cosmic superhero team doesn't seem like all that huge of a risk.
The Legion of Super-Heroes is a team that fights bad guys in the 30th and 31st centuries, and their cosmic setting (which also allows for time travel) makes them pretty similar to Guardians of the Galaxy in that sense. It's a long-running team (created in 1958) that has seen plenty of reboots over the years, making the team much more expansive than Marvel's space heroes or even the assembly of The Avengers over the years. There are so many that it would take way to long to try and summarize them all, but you can check out the list of heroes who have been part of the team over at Wikipedia.
Interestingly enough, The Legion of Super-Heroes has had encounters with Superman, thanks to time travel, but considering how grounded Warner Bros. is trying to make their DC Comics cinematic universe, introducing time travel and these cosmic heroes in the same world might not work. Of course, many though that Guardians of the Galaxy would have a tough time fitting into Marvel's cinematic universe too, and that doesn't seem to be a concern anymore. The Legion even has an interesting history with the villain Darkseid, which Jack Kirby created after being inspired by Marvel's villain Thanos, and there have been rumors of that major comic book villain coming into play eventually.
As of now, it's so early in the DC Comics cinematic universe structuring that we have no idea where Warner Bros. intends to go with all these films beyond bringing Justice League together. But as of now, we don't have any indication of what evil they might have to face or what other characters will get their own films later. If they decide to create a path to Darkseid, that could be pretty exciting, but for now, we're just patiently waiting to see how Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice sets everything up when it hits theaters in about a year and a half in March of 2016. Do you want a Legion of Super-Heroes movie?