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Links to our threads on other DC Cinematic Universe films Man of Steel (2013), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Aquaman (2018) and Wonder Woman 2 (2019), as well as the in-development Flashpoint, Shazam!, Black Adam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens and Justice League Dark movies and the not-yet-dated Superman, Batman and Justice League sequels.

Link to our thread on the documentary Miller's Justice League Mortal (in development).

Links to our threads on The Lego Movie (2014), The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and The Lego Movie 2 (2018), which feature Lego versions of Superman and Batman (and other DC heroes).

Link to our thread on Superman Vs Batman, which was announced in 2002 but never made.

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Justice prevails for 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.
Variety, February 23

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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Exclusive : Superman WON'T go it alone

After the slightly . . . disappointing returns on "Superman Returns", Warner were in two minds about whether to continue the series or not -- right away, anyway. One idea that came up was to make their long-planned "Justice League" movie, and possibly just incorporate 'Superman' into that. Cut to a month or so ago, and the trades announce that the studio is in the early stages of developing a "Justice League" movie. Interestingly enough, a couple of weeks later, those some publications announce that the next "Superman" sequel could be delayed -- because director Bryan Singer has gone and got himself involved in another film; a thriller for United Artists. Interesting hey? Well, the plot thickens, I heard from a pretty reliable source this weekend -- who, has some top contacts himself -- who essentially confirmed that the WB are thinking of putting the next "Superman" movie into turnaround, and instead will just use the character in the new "Justice League" movie. (Funnily enough, Batman would not be involved in the new film -- he's too big to waste on a film like this, apparently).

Moviehole.net, March 19

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IESB Exclusive: The Latest on the Upcoming Justice League of America Film!

When do the powers-that-be want to start production on Justice League? Apparently, as soon as the first quarter of 2008, that's right, WB sources have informed the IESB that execs behind the Justice League of America want it to be in production as early as February/March 2008 to be ready for a summer of 2009 release. What's the rush? The pending strikes are definitely one of the reasons that Warner Bros. wants to move quickly on the ensemble pic. They also want to start building a fan base behind the new heroes that will help them go on to have their own stand-alone films.

IESB.net, August 17

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This won't be possible to pull off in film. It's a bad idea to begin with.

And with how manufactured it is ("They also want to start building a fan base behind the new heroes that will help them go on to have their own stand-alone films.") I think the public will see right thru it.

-s.

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George Miller to lead 'Justice League'

Project, which is in the initial phases of casting, is a pre-strike priority for the studio, which needs a superhero tentpole for 2009. Still, making all the pieces fit has been complicated by overlapping superhero projects in the pipeline, since "Justice League" features a pantheon of superheroes including Superman and Batman.

Variety, September 20

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JLA Rumor Rundown

Australian actress Victoria Hill (December Boys) has reportedly auditioned for the role of Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.' live-action Justice League of America movie to be directed by George Miller.

IGN.com, September 24

Jessica Biel in talks for 'Justice'

Jessica Biel is in talks to lasso up as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.' all-star superhero film "Justice League of America."

Variety, September 24

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Biel is not right for WW, so I'm glad she passed.

Personally, I like Alana de la Garza (Law & Order) for the role, or Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Sky High, Live Free or Die Hard), depending on how young they are casting.

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Just for fun, here's a manipulated photo of Alana de la Garza, done by a guy who goes by the handle of CHRIS_SUPERMAN_REEVE at The Planet (Superman fans) fourms:

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Tell me she's not Wonder Woman, to a T.

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Movie Writers Eye Early Walkout

As Hollywood's studios rush to shoot movies before contracts with actors and directors expire in June, strategists for the industry's writers, facing an earlier deadline of their own, are considering whether to force a stop to the action.

Over the last few days, negotiators for the Writers Guild of America West and the Writers Guild of America East, whose contract with entertainment companies expires on Oct. 31, have been taking a hard look at the almost 150 feature films that are candidates for production by early next year, according to people involved with the talks who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly.

As many as three-quarters of those pictures -- including projects as prominent as "The Justice League of America" at Warner Brothers and "Another Night," the proposed sequel to "Night at the Museum," at 20th Century Fox -- appear not to have final scripts. . . .

Those feature films are now being seen as high-value targets by those at the writers guild who advocate an immediate walkout should no deal be reached.

Only this month Warner Brothers began a last-minute push to prepare its "Justice League of America," a multisuperhero extravaganza to be directed by George Miller ("Happy Feet," "Mad Max") early next year -- if the studio can get a viable script together, never mind a complicated cast. Kieran and Michele Mulroney, who did uncredited work on "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," have worked on the project, which still does not have a so-called green light to begin production. A spokeswoman for Warner Brothers declined comment. . . .

New York Times, September 29

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Link to the thread for Green Lantern, which does NOT appear to be related to this movie (unlike the Flash and Wonder Woman movies, which apparently WILL be spin-offs), but hey, he's a DC character, so why not.

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They are recasting Superman and Batman for the JL movie - the cast is all very young, and they want to avoid crossing the Batman and Superman franchises. On the other hand, the JL film is intended to serve as a launching pad for at least the Flash and Wonder Woman movies, if not the GL movie. Superman, Batman, WW, GL, Aquaman, and Flash are all rumored to be heavily featured in this film, so no cameos. The GL in the JL movie will be John Stewart, while the GL in the script for the standalone GL movie is Hal Jordan, so I'm not sure that the JL and GL movies will be in-continuity with each other. But the WW and Flash movies are now rumored to be in-continuity with this film.

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Alan Thomas wrote:

: Also, having a different actor (and art direction) might preserve the Superman films as a separate franchise, just like he's had completely independent story lines in different comic-book titles.

Is that how they're doing it these days? I collected all the Superman comics from John Byrne's Man of Steel mini-series (1986) up to the death and resurrection of Superman (1993) and beyond -- I had stopped reading by the time Superman and Lois got married in 1996 -- and all the titles were so perfectly integrated that, in addition to issue numbers on the covers of each series, each cover also had a number indicating where that issue appeared in the larger storyline that ran through all the titles. Thus, e.g., the cover below, for issue #79 of Superman (as opposed to Adventures of Superman, Action Comics or Superman: The Man of Steel), also indicates that this issue is #18 in the sequence of Superman comics released in 1993.

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Warner pulls plug on 'Justice League'

Warner Bros. let the options lapse on the young cast that director George Miller chose to play DC superhero staples. The studio, which had set Tuesday as its greenlight deadline for the pic, confirmed Wednesday the project is on indefinite hold. Project now most likely won't get under way until late summer or fall at the earliest. . . . The studio's reasons included not getting the official response it needed on tax breaks from shooting in Australia. And while WB execs like the script they got from Kieran and Michele Mulroney, it would benefit from a little more work, something that isn't possible because of the writers' strike.

Variety, January 16

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Unhappy feet may flee Sydney

The Oscar-winning director of Happy Feet, George Miller, could be forced overseas with his $US200 million ($220 million) superhero movie Justice League Mortal because of a dispute over whether it is eligible for the Federal Government's new incentive for film production. . . .

Miller described the movie's status as "precarious" and said Warner Bros was pushing for it to be shot overseas, with Canada the most likely option. . . .

Sydney Morning Herald, February 25

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Mega movie refused rebate

Sydney looks set to lose George Miller's mega movie Justice League Mortal after it was refused the Federal Government's new film production rebate.

The Oscar-winning director of Happy Feet and the Mad Max films said yesterday that the $US200 million movie had a 90 per cent chance of being shot overseas after being knocked back by the board of the Film Finance Corporation.

Sydney Morning Herald, March 19

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George Miller fights for 'Justice'

Helmer George Miller has mounted a public campaign to pressure the Oz government and its screen finance mandarins to change their minds and let him tap the new rebate for "Justice League Mortal," which would give his production company a 40% refund on qualifying below-the-line costs.

The director of "Happy Feet" is threatening to lense the WB-backed superhero blockbuster in New Zealand or Canada if the Film Finance Corporation Australia, which issues provisional certificates, does not award one to the project.

Variety, March 19

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The title reported in Variety last week (as per a few posts ago) is Justice League Mortal. No "is", no "im".

The person who gave Cinema Blend the "tip" also says she isn't sure whether Common is playing Green Lantern or Green Arrow. It's definitely Lantern; John Stewart was one of the earlier black superheroes, if I'm not mistaken. And FWIW, I haven't got a clue whether Common is a decent performer in any of his chosen media, but just on principle, I would like to see great characters like that played by ACTORS, and not by RAPPERS. (Cue Samuel L. Jackson here.) So that's just one more of many, many things about this movie that is preventing me from getting any of my hopes up.

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