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Warner Bros. Talks Future Justice League Project.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 30, 2011
Source: Los Angeles Times

Warner Bros. Prez Jeff Robinov stands in in front of DC's Justice League.
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Let the Justice League rumor madness continue again? Genre fans will likely remember Warner Bros. Pictures' plans to bring the superheroes together on the silver screen a few years back, when there were casting rumors being circulated in the media on a daily basis. One major issue which helped stall those plans was Christopher Nolan's trilogy centered around Batman and what his reality-based vision would mean for the band of superheroes as a whole.

Now, as we prepare to see Nolan's trilogy vision wrapped up in The Dark Knight Rises in the summer of 2012, it seems that Warner Bros. Pictures chief Jeff Robinov is looking for a Justice League film as a way to possibly reinvent the Batman character once again. The Los Angeles Times sat down with the WB president, who confirmed that there were scripts being written for Justice League as well as feature films still being developed for Flash and Wonder Woman.

“We have the third Batman, but then we’ll have to reinvent Batman…Chris Nolan and [producing partner and wife] Emma Thomas will be producing it, so it will be a conversation with them about what the next phase is.”

Robinov doesn't seem concerned that the new "Wonder Woman" TV show may be an issue with a feature film of the Amazonian princess by saying “Wonder Woman could be a film as well, the same way that ‘Superman Returns’ came out while ‘Smallville’ was on."

Read the full piece here.

So what do you think, Maniacs?

Special Thanks to Maniac Hanso for calling this theory out a few weeks back.



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Wiseguy 3/30/2011 6:55:37 AM

I was saying this when the first film was being talked about, you don't have to follow Marvel's blueprint. You can do the JLA film then branch out into individual stories.

With Superman and GL established already you just need to introduce the rest of the cast. The big question to me is really  Batman. Do they try to meld Nolan's Batman into the DCU or will they re-invent him and start from scratch. With Nolan remaining attached to the DCU I'm thinking they'll try to meld the two

Anyway this makes wiseguy a happy boy. To have the Avengers and then the JLA on film is all I could ever ask for, not that that's all I'll ever ask for.

Flint521466 3/30/2011 6:58:57 AM

Gotta see how GL & the new Superman play out before I can be excited about a JL movie.   

millean 3/30/2011 6:59:12 AM

OK, Justice Leage is the number one movie I want made, but I want it done right.  After the last round of casting & plot rumors, I have no confidence that this will be handled properly.  I'm going to expect the worst, so hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised.  (Comments like "we need to reinvent Batman", when the current incarnation is one of the most successful they have ever had, makes me worry.)

Glad to hear that there are still plans for a Wonder Woman movie.  The fact that they think that the new WW tv series will still be on the air by the time any movie gets to production makes me laugh...


jfdavis 3/30/2011 7:08:57 AM

I think it's funny that DC exexcutives like Geoff Johns said there wouldn't be a Justice League team-up movie because their heroes were so much larger than life and WB comes in and says yes, we are...

I don't see why they can't have a Wonder Woman series and movie.  (As for the TV show lasting, the only David E. Kelley show I can think of that didn't go at least 4 years was Snoops and they chose to end that despite decent ratings...)

Wiseguy 3/30/2011 7:14:40 AM

millean, you may have said the same thing when Smallville came out and look how that worked out. But being that WW will be on NBC I expect you're right since I'm sure they won't settle for CW type ratings. But Wonder Woman does look a lot better in action and with red boots as posted over at aceshowbiz and again ignored by mania

Btw, I actually thought the script sounded pretty good the first time around. Brother Eye, OMACS, fights between members. It actually had a pretty serious and somber tone. I thought it sounded damn good, almost taken right out of the comics Infinite Crisis

Now the casting I agree with you was a bit questionable with the exception of Megan Gale as Wonder Woman


Batmite 3/30/2011 7:31:19 AM

Does anyone remember that Smallville was originally supposed to be about a young Bruce Wayne?  Well, not Smallville, but the initial idea that eventually turned into Smallville.  But there was something to do with the film rights to Batman still being owned by someone else that they decided to switch to to Clark Kent.

Then, when they really wanted to include Bruce Wayne in the later Smallville episodes, they couldn't because of the Nolan franchise.  So they switched the character to Oliver Queen.


It never ceases to amaze me that:

Warner Brothers owns DC Comics &

Warner Brothers co-owns the WB &

Warner Brothers makes big screen movies &

Warner Brothers can't make the films and TV shows they want or use the characters they own because of other parties


lusiphur 3/30/2011 7:41:03 AM

 Wiseguy - I found the pic you were talking about.  It does look better with the red boots and non-shiny pants.  But it is not flattering on her at all.  Or maybe she doesn't have the boobage to fill the costume out.  Don't like the headband either.  That being said, I will reserve judgement on the series until the pilot and first two or three episodes air.

ElBaz13 3/30/2011 7:44:29 AM


I remember that. Understandable the issues with Marvel and using other character with Fox and Sony but Warner/DC has no excuse. There was even a time when the George Miller JLA movie was in discussion that Batman and Superman would not be involved because of their movie franchises and the actors (Bale and Routh) didn't want to do a JLA movie.

I for one prefer a DC Universe Batman as opposed to a gritty realistic Nolan one. I keep thinking of the wonderful animated series of the 90s. That Batman was a combination of both. I still remember watching the 2-parter with Superman called World's Finest. That was a great DC crossover.

I guess this all rests on the success of DC's 2nd tier characters. If GL tanks. If Wonder Woman gets axed then Warner/DC might shelf this idea.

Wiseguy 3/30/2011 7:49:22 AM

@Batmite, I think you meant the CW, but poitn made. It isn't any different from Disney/Marvel/ABC. It's just that if you license your product out in one format or another then it's as if the product isn't yours anymore. At least WB/DC hold the rights to the majority of their properties while Marvel unfortunately licensed out some biggies

The Nolan/Smallville "dispute" or even with the other JL film was that WB didn't want to upset Nolan by having another version of Batman while he was still on the franchise. When your films do that kind of business you'll find studios are more willing to please and abide by your wishes.


And yeah what ElBaz said too :)

therockdltj 3/30/2011 7:53:29 AM

Batman the animated series >>>>>>> Nolans Batman even the animated movies are WAY better!!!

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