Thursday, January 17, 2008

JUSTICE LEAGUE Film On Hold... Can't Say I'm Upset

Almost a year ago I mentioned here that Warner Bros. was hot to trot on bringing the DC superhero mash-up The Justice League to the big screen. Since that time the internet has been awash in casting rumors (Christian Bale will play Batman! Wait, no he won't! Ryan Reynolds is playing The Flash... no, it's Adam Brody! And so on...) while stories abounded about the flick's script, start date and whether or not director George Miller's participation was tied in to a long-rumored fourth MAD MAX flick.

Well, blame the writer's strike, blame the less-than-stirring casting (Adam Brody?), blame the supposedly still in need of some polish script or blame the inability to secure tax breaks for its Australian shooting location. Blame whoever or whatever you want, but it looks like JUSTICE LEAGUE won't be making it to the big screen in 2009. If ever.

Personally, I can't say I'm all that disappointed. While SUPERMAN RETURNS was a big disappointment, Christopher Nolan's take on Batman in BATMAN BEGINS was the reboot the franchise desperately needed and this summer's THE DARK KNIGHT looks even more promising. The idea that a JL flick would feature a different actor in the role of Bats in what was shaping up like a glorified Teen Titans film left a bad taste in my mouth.

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