Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Justice League Movie is Now Happening

Warner Bros. is seems to be looking at the way Marvel is ramping up to The Avengers by building an on-screen universe through standalone movies starring superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor.

Jeff Robinov, president of the Warner Bros. motion picture group, sat down with the Los Angeles Times and revealed that WB wants a Justice League movie to hit theatres by 2013. He also said that the studio plans to "reinvent" Batman following the events Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.

The long-in-development Justice League movie is a priotity for the studio, with a new script currently in development. George Miller was set to direct a JL movie in 2008, but that project stalled due to several factors, one being studio's concerns over "presenting a competing (and conflicting) version of Batman while director Christopher Nolan's films were breaking box office records."

So what is Batman's future? Nolan's departure from the series after Dark Knight Rises presents a challenge that Robinov has a plan for. "We have the third Batman, but then we'll have to reinvent Batman," Robinov said.

"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."

The studio is also reviving Flash and Wonder Woman projects, with the intention of spinning them off after the Justice League film. Robinov doesn't see any conflict between the Wonder Woman film and a potential big-screen version, pointing to the fact that Superman Returns came out while Smallville was on the air.

So the JLA will hit theatres (fingers crossed) in 2013. And Batman will be reinvented following TDKR with Nolan and his wife still overseeing that project. Guys, we know you have opinions about this. Unleash your all-caps fury on the Comments section! 

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