Could a Justice League mega movie be in the works over at Warner Bros.?
A long-popular pipe-dream of a project may have finally arrived in the realm of possibility, due to an impending transition of power at the top of the studio executive branch. The soon-retiring Alan Horn will be handing the magic power of "the greenlight" to the younger Jeff Robinov.
Assuming the top mantle amidst an industry that's witnessing declining box-office ticket and DVD sales, due to the growth of the Internet radically alter consumer behavior, Robinov's vision for the studio is calling for anything but subtle, art house flicks. Rather, he's ready to get behind the massive momentum that's currently in effect for superhero movie properties. For Warner Bros. and its fellow Time Warner subsidiary, DC Comics, the "big one" is undoubtedly The Justice League.
So, how did this speculation come about?
In a piece by The LA Times, spotlighting the studio's transition of power, the discussion shifted to the "void" that would be left after the Harry Potter films finally conclude in July. In that, there was a brief mention of projects like this summer's Green Lantern, The Dark Knight Rises, and Superman: Man of Steel, with the latter two set for 2012. However, it was at this point that the mother of all DC projects was just name-dropped in an oddly-casual manner.
"Robinov is betting on DC Comics characters to take center stage starting in June with the $200-million-plus production "Green Lantern." He's then aiming to release new "Batman" and "Superman" films in 2012 and "Justice League," a teaming of DC's top heroes, in 2013."
No one is really sure of what to make of that sudden bomb being dropped. However, the fact that the write-up would go out of its way to not only include it in the list, but qualify it with a description might lead one to believe it's more than just conjecture. Although, the idea that it could be a go by 2013 is a tad unrealistic. So, who knows?
This is a project that was seemingly about to get off the ground in 2008, but was quickly quelled due to many logistical factors such as the Writers Guild strike. However, that fire was no doubt reignited when Marvel's ultra-ambitious plans to create a superhero tentpole film became a Stark reality. (See what I did there?)
While the team of director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale will likely be Bat-history after The Dark Knight Rises, rumors had already swirled of a new Batman, possibly one that fits into a potential Justice League canon. Thus, it will be interesting to see if Warner has Marvel-like plans of huge long-term contracts with Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern and Henry Cavill in his upcoming venture as Superman.
It may also be a prime opportunity to test the live-action waters with some lesser-known DC characters like Martian Manhunter, Dr. Fate, and Wildcat, among a plethora of others.
What do you think of the possibility of a Justice League mega-movie?
Source: LA TImes