Justice League — ready for its close-up?

Now that Warner Brothers has tossed out the Joss Whedon version of Wonder Woman and the David Goyer version of The Flash, both of which had been in development for about two years, Variety reports that Warner has commissioned a screenplay for The Justice League of America. No doubt the studio is impressed by the success that Fox and Marvel have been having with the X-Men (2000-2006) and Fantastic Four (2005-2007) ensembles.

It remains to be seen what, if any, connection this movie will have to the currently-viable Superman and Batman franchises — will they try to bring those worlds together, despite their vastly different tones, or will they create brand new, parallel versions of those superheroes? Will we see Christian Bale play Batman in one franchise, or Brandon Routh play Superman in one franchise, while other actors play those characters in this new franchise? The Variety story seems to imply that Warner still hopes to make a solo Wonder Woman movie, too. At any rate, I assume they won’t be bringing back David Ogden Stiers as the Martian Manhunter.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    They should get the actor that voiced J’onn J’onzz for the cartoon to do it.
    I say leave Supes and Bats out of it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17492591447246532970 jasdye

    i agree w/ magnus.

    as seinfeld would say, why do they need all of those other superheroes if they have superman, anyway? the man can turn back time by flying around the world backwards, fer cryin’ out loud!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    At least the Superman of the cartoon was a bit weaker. I think Wonder Woman and J’onzz were actually more powerful than Supes.
    And Jonzz was voiced by Carl Lumbly, (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Lumbly) who played a Black Lecktroid in Backaroo Banzai and Lieutenant Daniel ‘Bulldog’ Novacek in the 3rd season of the new BSG.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17492591447246532970 jasdye

    batman looks too happy back there. it’s like he let one go. (i know, i know. that one comment could lose you journalistic credibility. but it’s true.)