Green Lantern! Justice League! Mad Max 4! Oh My!
There are just too many news tidbits floating around that it's not really worth writing an article for each one of them. However, the big ones are the three we just mentioned - Green Lantern, Justice League and Mad Max 4. I'm sure most know of the Justice League movie and the Green Lantern movie, but I bet no one knew they were making a Mad Max 4! (Actually, we did mention it back in October.) The first bit of news comes from SlashFilm, where Peter dug up numerous recent mentions of Mad Max 4 being in development down in Australia. And while he does mention Justice League as well, most of the news on that today comes from IESB. But most of all, when comic fans hear about this latest Green Lantern script, they'll definitely be very excited for what could potentially be the next big comic book movie.
First things first, SlashFilm has some confirmations that Mad Max 4, Happy Feet 2, and even Babe 3 are still in production somewhere down in Australia. Our report on Mad Max 4 in October said that George Miller would be working on Mad Max 4 at the same time as the Justice League movie (and presumably Happy Feet 2 as well). Unfortunately none of these are sequels that anyone seems too excited for, but maybe there are still closet Mad Max fans out. The last film, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, arrived in 1985 and considering Hollywood is somewhat obsessed with the 80's right now, it seems reasonable that it's a franchise on the verge of returning. Unfortunately, like Indiana Jones, I don't think it's going to turn out that well and really isn't necessary - but that's just me.
Jumping to the Justice League of America movie, just last week we reported that the film was back on track. This was some truly sad news considering I personally hated the entire idea of that movie (and so did a lot of fans), but alas, what can we do. However, IESB talked with Warner Brothers and apparently found out that it is not moving forward. "[They're] not willing to risk pissing off Christopher Nolan or Christian Bale and their intent would be to move forward with a third Batman film instead of introducing another Batman in a JLA film." Sounds like a smart move! Additionally, they say that the aforementioned George Miller is now off of Justice League. Instead, he's been attached to the new Green Lantern project.
So let's get to Green Lantern. He's a character that many comic fans would love to see on the big screen but obviously a challenge. IESB got their hands on a new script drafted by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green that they say "is action packed from the beginning to end." It starts by immediately explaining that there are extraterrestrials that protect the universe with power rings and one of us has become a Green Lantern. "The story follows the traditional Hal Jordan/Green Lantern story lines to a certain degree including the battle between Legion and Abin Sur, Abin Sur's crash landing on Earth, as well as the choosing of Hal Jordan over Guy Gardner and Clark Kent." They go on to say that the script "is a sure-fire hit for fan boys, but in scale it's big, VERY big" which is why they want to get Miller to direct it. In the end, Robert says "this script totally kicks ass" so if you're curious for more details, head over there.
Reader Feedback - 15 Comments
Yeah, Green Lantern about time!!!
bat on Aug 13, 2008
WOWZAS! Bring it.
Nick Sears on Aug 13, 2008
oh man that was a close one... 😮 I mean, ya, a JLA movie would be AWESOME, but we're so not ready for that... we just have to build it from the roots and BAM! JLA in 2012/2013 😀
Carlos on Aug 13, 2008
Realized better not mess with the biggest franchise right now with Batman. Smart move on both ends WB :)! As for MAD MAX 4, will Gibson be back? He needs career ressurection though I don't see it happening. HAPPY FEET 2, really? and GREEN LANTERN, sounds fun! Bring it on! 🙂
Ryan on Aug 13, 2008
always up for another mad max movie, but without mel gibson and bruce spence it just isnt mad max
harrison on Aug 14, 2008
ok JLA im sorry to say IS GAY!!!!!! if your talking old J.L. like super friends then ok thats better.. Green lantern WHHHHOOAAAHHH HOOOOO CANT WAIT!!! Ijust hope they dont try and pull together a cameo like marvel all in one film. Since the ring has to choose. Green lantern was awesome growing up. Mad max, this could work if they leave mel in it as his age now. and make it where he has settled down somewhere in no where with say a family thats not his but raised some kid as his own. No one has come or gone for years and one day berserkers come through take his family leaving just him and this young kid and they gotta get them back. whooooooah wheres the birdman when you need him.
THERBLIG on Aug 14, 2008
im down for a Green lantern movie and by the sounds of the script could be a fun ride Im really glad WB came to there senses with the Justice League movie.
Curtis on Aug 14, 2008
I'd really like to see Mel come back as Mad Max. He'd have to get a lot more roughed up in the script, though 'cause he's gettin' up there. I had heard that he won't reprise the role, but that George Miller will be directing it and they will use a new actor. Maybe they could have a new character who is also a badass and gets mistaken for Mad Max, but he isn't and Mad Max is actually dead. They would really have to pick a good actor, though. I also read in one issue of Game Informer that there will be a Mad Max game for the next-gen consoles.
JL on Aug 14, 2008
I'll try to be nicer this time than I was in the previous thread on the JLA movie. I just don't understand why people who love the idea of an Avengers movie are just so down on a JLA movie. It just seems like old-fashioned--and wrong-headed, IN MY VIEW-- fan attitude that "Only Marvel's cool, DC sucks." Other than sheer preference for Marvel, none of the reasons put forth for Avengers-Yay! and Justice League-Boo! make sense. Sorry, Alex. Enough of the DC characters are "set-up." 2 or 3 JLA'ers more can be done in a movie. How fast did they take care of the Hulk's origin this time? A JLA movie won't necessarily be "campier" than Avengers. Adam West won't be appearing. Both movies will get complaints about enough "screen time" for various characters (Here's a clue--the big moneymakers for comics, toys, party favors, etc., will get the most screen time). I am neither a Marvel or DC zombie. I am a superhero fan. The more properly-budgeted/cast/directed well-done superhero movies we get, the better off we are. The occasional semi-flop (Daredevil? first Hulk?) can be weathered. RE: Green Lantern- He IS a favorite of mine, and has enough mythology, backstory (but not memorable villains--Sinestro? Star Sapphire? (maybe)), etc. to sustain 1 or more movies. GO, GL! "In brightest day.." If we make them all big hits, someday we might get JLA/Avengers! Mad Max- I can take it or leave it.
zubzwank on Aug 14, 2008
#6 has never read a JLA comic book in his life. If he thinks that JLA is gay; he hasn't seen The the same JLA DVD'S that I have seen. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman , The Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman are not gay. They are the most powerful superheroes in any comic book world. Even The Present JLA comic book is not gay. #9 is right ! It seems that most of these threads are made up of Marvel Fans. If they were knowledgeable Marvel fans; I would respect their comments.However; most of them know very little about Marvel comics. They have, and I'm being diplomatic , a cursory knowledge of Marvel comic books. They seem to base their comments on The Marvel Movies and The Marvel TV Cartoons. The Marvel Movies and Marvel Cartoons are not loyal to the comic books. So unless you have been reading marvel or DC comics for at least during the Silver Age and Bronze Age; please don't criticize either DC comics or Marvel Comics. As for Green Lantern; again I agree with #9; Green Lantern is The Fourth iconic hero in the DC Universe. The Trinity of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are the biggest Icons. After them; Green Lantern is #4. He can easily be artistically and financially successful with the right director. Marvel's books are mostly read by kids, teenagers and maybe some 20 year olds. DC has a comic book fan following that goes back to the Golden Age of Comic Books. Superman and Batman have been around since the 1930's. Marvel characters such as Iron Man and The Hulk have only been around since the 1960's. My grandfather and father read DC comics and still keep up with their exploits through my son and myself. Before you start insulting my family; all of us have served and/or are serving in the military. DC comic books helped The men in my family take their mines off WW2, Korea, Vietnam , Afghanistan and Irag. P.S. Please see if your comic book store is a participating member of the Heroes For Heroes Alliance. Member Stores collect comics , Graphic Novels and Games for American troops overseas. If you want to help the troops; you can take your unwanted comics, Graphic Novels and games to your comic book store if it's a participant. In December, everything collected will be sent to the men and women fighting in Afghanistan and Irag. This is done both as a morale booster and as recognition that they are truly Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Thank-you. SGT. MAJOR Ivan Arcaya, Sr. USMC.
Ivan A. Arcaya,Sr. on Aug 15, 2008
good news on JLA, they need to develop charcters first and a green lantern movie is just the ticket. now get flash and wonder woman films in the works and we're good to go on a JLA movie! happy feet 2? doubt it will be as good as the first....need to hear more info mad max without mel gibson? bad idea and i doubt he would get onboard because of his age you never know though it might get some strong buzz with a teaser or script news...
thejugfather on Aug 16, 2008
I know comic fans want it, and it is a cool idea, but the reality is: We will never get an individual movie for each and every Avenger and JLAer. This fact is not a reason to decide against superhero group movies, either by movie companies or fans. Remember, the X-Men started out as a group, went for 3 movies, and only now is a Wolverine solo being made. None of the X-Men were "developed" or "set up" or "pre-sold" before they made the X-movies. This whole fan attitude about "setting up" every character seems to derive from clever references in Iron Man and Hulk. I like those "marvel universe" shout-outs too, but they shouldn't be the only reason to be gung ho on one team and thumbs down on another. As I said before, the more well-done superhero films that are also well-received, the more they will make. Do your part. Get enthusiastically on board for JLA. The movie companies have people reading these boards to get the pulse. The suits would make a $300 million Captain Carrot movie if they get the idea it would be a moneymaker. A smash hit JLA moves us that much closer to those Beast and Deadpool movies you want so bad.
zubzwank on Aug 16, 2008
Fucking mad max 4 is all that I care about. Those movies were great, and just goes to show you they shouldn't have stopped with the best movie franchises. Almost all of the great 80's triplets could have continued. We should f'in be on Mad Max 8 by now! HELP ME!
Harrison on Sep 5, 2008
Mad Max 4 "Fury Road" previews seen on u tube showing desert scenes, dirt bikes, buggies, camels, armies on horse back lots of cgi. No pics of any specific cars. Looks like Hugh Jackman playing max. Maybe not being released til end of march 09 around same time as 30 year anniversary of original. I cant wait!
Nightrider on Oct 5, 2008
"Mad Max 4 "Fury Road" previews seen on u tube showing desert scenes, dirt bikes, buggies, camels, armies on horse back lots of cgi. No pics of any specific cars. Looks like Hugh Jackman playing max. Maybe not being released til end of march 09 around same time as 30 year anniversary of original. I cant wait!" Those were fan trailers with a montage - whole bunch of scenes mixed in from other films. It was the fan's way of saying how badly he and others want a Mad Max 4. Now that Indy 4 didn't stack up to Indy 3 and was a bit slow, this should give Mad Max 4 lots of room and capacity to beat Indy. Lets hope that director George Miller doesn't screw this one up as he did Thunderdome. Thunderdome was still good, but the weakest in the Max trilogy. Mad Max 4 needs to be the meanest, darkest, most suspenseful and most violent of all Max films with an R rating and not some kiddy PG- 13 rating. Mad Max and Road Warrior received R ratings and were all out raw and real films- uncut- no holds barred.
Tom Millan on Oct 12, 2008
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