Warner Bros Preparing Justice League Movie For 2015
Now that a court case has ensured that DC Comics superhero Supermanwill keep flying at Warner Bros. in the foreseeable future, the studio is readying their plans to move forward with the oft-mentioned Justice League film project and release the movie in 2015, according to sources who spoke to the L.A. Times.
The Justice League will team up the on-screen Superman (being rebooted in next year’s Man of Steel) with a rebooted version of Batman and a film-first adaptation of Wonder Woman, as well as possibly other superheroes. The plan is to follow this team-up film with solo franchises spun off from the Justice League story.
Meaning Batman will apparently make his next movie appearance alongside Superman, before then moving over to his own series that will exist in a universe with the other superheroes.
This is, of course, similar to the Marvel Comicscreation of a film universe in which many of their characters interact and team up (as in The Avengersfilm this past summer). Warner Bros. and DC Comics, however, want to attempt a different path to building a cinematic shared universe, foregoing development of lead-in solo franchises first (aside from Superman’s reboot, which was in fact at least initially planned without having to fit into a shared universe but will apparently now become part of it).
I’ve already written at length about the Justice League plan, and offered my own idea for how (and why) I think Warner should go about creating their superhero team-up. Likewise, I recently wrote a detailed plan for how to best bring Batman back to the big screen, and it seemed mostly pretty popular with fans and readers. So, obviously I disagreed a lot with the idea of doing Justice League first, and I think there are big risks to the plan as well as big risks to the solo franchises.
However, while I might not agree with the approach of making Justice League first, I hope it’s a big success and that all of my concerns are proven totally wrong, because I love these films and characters and I want them to have great film adaptations that viewers enjoy. I still think my Batman plan would fit just fine in the ongoing Warner plan, since it’s not really dependent on the Batman films being released before Justice League and whatever happens in the team-up film can be easily taken into account in developing the Batman stories I proposed.
For now, we’ll have to wait for further word before we can really tell what Warner Bros. plans for Batman and the other solo franchises. But I’d guess that we won’t be hearing any real details about solo films until sometime after the start of next year, to giveChristopher Nolan’s Batman series plenty of room for the holidays and for Oscar time without distracting everyone with talk about a reboot. Likewise, Warner will presumably prefer to keep Man of Steel from being surrounded with too much controversy or concern about other franchises, although I think we’ll start hearing some Justice League buzz and information a little bit before Superman’s reboot is released, to help generate additional interest and get people more excited.
I for one am very enthusiastic about the upcoming Superman reboot, and I’m betting it’ll be a big success. I just hope Warner Bros. take their time with these other projects, get great talent behind them (as they’ve been doing thus far) and allow the creative teams plenty of control for bringing their artistic visions to life. For now, I’m still worried about the “eggs in one basket” approach to Justice League, and I do honestly worry about how it’ll all influence the solo Batman franchise, but I think all of us fans want Warner to succeed because we want these films to succeed.
So, it’s time for us fans to come together and start lobbying to let WB know our thoughts and preferences, which means we have to accept that Justice League is happening soon and that it will probably come before any other solo movies aside from Man of Steel. Whatever differences we’ve all had in the past, our love of these characters and the film genre means we need to put aside our arguments with one another to try and get behind the best options and casting etc the way so many folks did to support Christopher Nolan‘s development of a Batman reboot many years ago.
I’ll personally keep banging the drum for the kind of Batman and Wonder Woman (and other characters) I think would be best, and I hope all fans will do the same. Because Warner Bros. is listening, as they always have, so let them hear your voices now — and you can start right here, by sounding off in the comments below!
And if you’ve not seen it yet, here’s the first trailer from Man of Steel — TWO versions of it, in fact!
…It’s gonna be so awesome.