Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Big Screen Justice League

Variety reported on Friday that Warner Bros. has commissioned a script for a proposed Justice League feature film from screenwriters Kiernan and Michele Mulroney. Though the studio is still struggling to get The Flash and Wonder Woman into theaters, it appears as if they are considering a feature film that would bring the greatest superheroes of their various film franchises together in an epic adventure. Is this too good to be true? At the very least, as Variety notes, the potential payoff of delivering audiences the JLA on the big screen cannot be ignored by Warner Bros.

Batman may meet up with Superman on the bigscreen after all--along with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and all the rest of DC Comics' biggest names. Warner Bros., with its major appetite for fresh franchises, is looking to make a feature based on super team the Justice League of America, hiring writing duo Kiernan and Michele Mulroney to pen the script. It's the first major action the studio has taken on the project.

The feature film is bound to include some combination of DC's most iconic superheroes, although the studio wouldn't confirm which ones they might be. It's unlikely that the studio and DC Comics, a division of Warner, would opt to feature second-tier characters. Since its inception in 1960, JLA has featured almost every major hero in the DC Comics universe, although the core team has largely remained the same: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter... "The Justice League of America has been a perennial favorite for generations of fans, and we believe their appeal to film audiences will be as strong and diverse as the characters themselves," Warner prexy of production Jeff Robinov said in announcing the hiring of the Mulroneys.


West said...

This makes me, both, perk up and wince.

The following may sound fanboyish, but I kinda hope they make Alex Ross a part of things. I think he has the kind of vision that would help this kind of a story appeal to fandom and the rest of the potential audience.

Dixon said...

That's not a bad idea, fanboyish or not. Ross has been a part of several big screen comic book adaptation projects--if only, in most cases, as an art design consultant. I suppose it just makes sense to consider him for the JLA film.