The geek world was thrown for an expected loop late yesterday when word leaked out that Warner Bros. had initiated preparations for a Justice League movie by hiring Gangster Squad writer Will Beall to tackle the script. This announcement also brought us news that Green Lantern scribe Michael Goldenberg was writing a new Wonder Woman movie. With the latest Batman series just about done, a Flash movie script in the works and Man of Steel hitting theaters next year, the time is right for Warners to begin staging their own superhero team-up, especially in light of The Avengers climbing its way to the third highest-grossing film of all time.
But what should we expect from this Justice League movie? Will Warner Bros. go the Marvel route and use solo films to connect storylines through to Justice League, or will they keep their solo franchises and Justice League separate? The first hints have arrived courtesy of comics writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass), who took to his forums to drop a few tidbits regarding the Dark Knight-ish direction Warner Bros. looks to be heading in.
"A pal of mine is good friends with the new Justice League screenwriter and said his take on the team is incredible. Very real-world and not at all what you might expect. WB has a chequered history with their superhero characters. They're great with their boy wizards, but less consistent with their DC stable. But my chum said that this could be a thing of beauty and has been in the works for a little while now, not just an Avengers knock-off. Best of luck to them. The tidbits I heard sound quite dark and mature, which isn't what I expected. But word on Gangster Squad is great too so I feel this is in really good hands."
Dark and mature, huh? Well that would be one way to differentiate it from The Avengers, which was heavy on action, but a bit more light, jokey and family-friendly than, say, The Dark Knight Rises. We're not sure what "very real-world" means, though we imagine Warners may be trying to re-capture the tone Nolan's Batman series in order to inject it into this Justice League movie.
Look for lots more to begin arriving online soon as Warners and DC fight their way back into an on-screen world currently dominated by Marvel characters.
What do you hope to see from a Justice League film?
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