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From Variety:

Feature film is bound to include some combination of DC’s most iconic superheroes, although the studio wouldn’t confirm which ones they might be. It’s unlikely that the studio and DC Comics, a division of Warner, would opt to feature second-tier characters.
Since its inception in 1960, JLA has featured almost every major hero in the DC Comics universe, although the core team has largely remained the same: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter.

No, no, no. Silly studio. That will never work. You’re more likely just to produce a giant floppy flop. If you’re going to make a Justice League movie, do it with the characters who could never carry their own movie. Do it with the GiffenDematteis League! Use the Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Guy Gardner, Fire, Ice, and Martian Manhunter League. Maybe throw in one of the more recognizable characters like Batman, Captain Marvel, or the Flash.

If you do it with all the heavy-hitter characters you’re going to have a hell of a time coming up with a big enough threat. Seriously, what threat is so large that Superman couldn’t handle it? That’s what the movie audience is going to ask. They’ll sit through your whole movie saying: “Pff, they didn’t need Aquaman to do that. Superman could’ve saved the sinking ship, stopped the asteroid hurtling towards the Earth, diffused Lex’s doomsday device, and still have time to nail Lois while writing up Pulitzer Prize winning articles on each of the events.”

Besides, the conflict between the characters that works in comics and animation probably won’t translate well into a 2 hour movie. Comics and animated series have dozens of issues/episodes to define the background of the characters and their relationships to one another. Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman shouldn’t be thrown together in a Justice League movie. They’re too big. Shoot for the smaller characters. Characters you can have some fun with. Characters who do stupid things and have dysfunctional relationships and aren’t these huge American cultural icons.
Plus … I just really want to see live action versions of the GiffenDematteis League characters.

Also, check out Bill Ramey’s reaction on the Batman On Film site. Similar opinion, but more focused on Batman.

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4 Comments

  1. Totally spot on, uncle sean. the giffen-dematteis league, with some shadowy cameos of the big guys.

  2. and OMG…A DOOM PATROL movie? that would rock the fucking house. Grant Morrison is second only to Warren Ellis.

    http://www.batman-on-film.com/no_batman_in_JLA-movie_jett.html

  3. Yeah I don’t know much about the Doom Patrol, just some stuff I read on Wikipedia, but I agree that would certainly rock socks.

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