Jun 06, 2012 02:49 PM EDT | By Luke Caulfield
Superman may be the original super hero, but he's left in the dust at the box office compared to Marvel's drawing power at late. So what's DC to do against Marvel's smash The Avengers? Bring in their own super hero squadron.
Both Variety and the New York Daily News are reporting that Warner Bros. are working on a Justice League film. For anyone not familiar with the original super group, the movie would see the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and Green Lantern unite against evil, not unlike the recent Avengers smash hit.
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"Gangster Squad" writer Will Beall has been hired to pen the script.
This isn't the first time that Warner Bros. have tried to put together a Justice League film. Right around the time of the writer's strike in 2008, George Miller was at the helm of a Justice League script, featuring the likes of (according to aintitcoolnews.com) Adam Brody as The Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, D.J. Cotrona as the proverbial man of steel, rapper Common as Green Lantern (probably not Kyle Rayner), Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Hugh Keays as Martian Manhunter, and Armie Hammer to play the Dark Knight.
But In January 2008, Warner Bros. announced the film was on indefinite hold, allowing options to lapse for the cast. The studio felt the script needed perfecting, which was impossible because of the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike.
What remains to be "scene" is if Warner will go about building anticipation for the film the same way marvel did with The Avengers, introducing a member one at a time with their own movie. If this is the case, they're already off to a bad start with last year's Green Lantern. Grossing only $19 million more than it's $200 million budget, it received a 27% rating from rottentomatoes.com.
While Nolan may have helped set the stage for a Justice league film by breathing new life into Batman, don't expect Christian Bale to show up under the cowl. After filming for "Dark Knight Rises" wrapped in November, he said that it was "the last time I'm taking that cowl off. I believe the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it's all done. Everything's finished. It's me and Chris - that will be the end of that Batman era."
DC better pray that their upcoming Man of Steel can get people energized enough to see their DC heroes all together on the big screen...
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