The Justice League

Thoughts on the Justice League movie and who I feel should direct it.

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By Nick Salinski - 9/2/2012
Let's start with a few obvious statements.

1) Comicbook movies are becoming more popular than ever.

2) J.K Rowling had say over everything, that's why Warner Bros. COULDN'T destroy Harry Potter.

3) Warner Bros. thinks dark and gritty is how it should be, because of The Dark Knight trilogy's success.

4) The Avengers is great and the third highest grossing movie ever. Well, the first part is opinion but still.



So, here are my thoughts. Justice League is the equvalent (If I spelled that right, if I didn't I apologized) to Marvel's The Avengers. We would have a Justice League movie by now, BUT the project is dead and they gave up on it, until... The success of the boxoffice phenomenon The Avengers. Warner Bros. has once again peaked interest and hired the scribe of The Gangster Squad (Which I am not impressed with and does not have my interest despite it's talented cast) to write Justice Leage. It's been debated as to how they will approach the project in order to different themselves from Marvel. I agreed BattlinMurdock's take on it, for the most part. I agree that Warner Bros. should and more than likely will have their DC films (with the exception of Man of Steel sequel or sequels) to be more or less spinoffs from Justice League and I don't think Wonder Woman is gonna be getting her own movie. I personally think it's because of their last attempt at a superhero movie with the hero being a female, the boxoffice BOMB known as Catwoman (Not even Halle Barry's Catwoman outfit could save that movie.)



I have two MAIN tips for their Justice League movie. PLEASE for the love of god, keep Aquaman in Justice League movie only. Don't give him his own movie, personally I prefer Cyborg but sticking with the original team makes more sense and also Martian Manhunter is also a Justice League movie ONLY character. I just don't have faith that their strong enough characters for their own movies. Avengers was successful because it was a family movie. It had humor, action, drama, a good script, good actors (most were already on due to previous movies) and a director who was passionate about the characters and the project. Now to be different, yes Justice League needs to be more serious. But I personally don't think (here is where shows my lack of knowledge of the Justice League) it's avoidable to do an alien threat ONLY because you have GODS as heroes. But again, here is where I agree with BattlinMurdock. I don't think that (whether successful or not) Justice League should have a sequel. Despite the studio moving forward with one more than likely if it is sequel.

Director: Here are my top 3 picks for who I DON'T think should direct Justice League.

1) Neveldine/Taylor



Despite that their my favorite directing duo, do I need to say more on why they shouldn't direct?

2) I'm gonna get hate for this one but I don't care, Brad Bird



He's done animation movies and one live action film. Why don't I think he should direct JL? HE'S DIRECTED ONE LIVE ACTION FILM! From what I heard MI:4 was VERY good BUT, I would want a more experienced director for this movie.

3) Brett Ratner



X-Men: The Last Stand was actually pretty good in my opinion but still the weakest of the movies. Now why do I think he shouldn't direct, his Rush Hour movies. Enough said.

Now my top 3 picks on who I think should direct Justice League

1) Rupert Sanders



Okay, I admit it. I am a hypocrite cause Snow White and the Huntsman is his FIRST EVER movie. I guess this proves why it's called opinions. Snow White and the Huntsman didn't fail because of his directing, it failed because of uneven acting and confused script (I thought the pacing was fine). But, I think he could really bring something special to the project. Plus, I think the same thing could happen to him as to what happened with Marc Webb's second film TASM and have it be a solid movie.

2) Gore Verbinski



I think he could be a good contender because of his work on the Pirates of the Carribbean trilogy. They are amazing movies and I think he could really bring that "Epic" feel to Justice League.

3) Here is one that I am listing as one who COULD deliver on Warner Bros. "dark and gritty" idea, David Slade



He was set to direct DareDevil but backed out due to his commitment on the Hannibal t.v show. But with his visual style, and his history with comicbook movies (30 Days of Night) I think if they went after him, he could be a serious contender. I know he isn't the best choice, but I think it would be interesting.

Whatya think? Comment below and be respectful. Also, notice how I didn't go after fan favorite choices.
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Dynamo - 9/2/2012, 8:48 PM
Wait... So you admit you're a hypocrite for choosing Rupert Saunders, but you don't even try to defend your decision? Not only does Saunders have even less experience than Brad Bird; his first films wasn't even very good, while ALL of Brad Bird's films have been amazing.
Tainted87 - 9/2/2012, 9:15 PM
Guy Ritchie, Robert Rodriguez, and Brad Bird are my picks, in THAT order.

Guy Ritchie can make an ensemble cast SING. He operates best with complexity, knows how to play comedy, and can keep his actors in line.

Robert Rodriguez of Sin City fame, is to me, Robert Rodriguez of Once Upon a Time in Mexico fame. Like Ritchie, he's a pro at handling multiple characters, the very separate viewpoints of those characters, and can weave them together and intersect their storylines with dramatic results.

Brad Bird is a pick for a different reason. See, I'm of the opinion that the best Justice League approach would be an animated Justice League, and who better than the Incredibles creator Brad Bird?

There is no reason why a director who has only made ONE live-action movie, can't make another great live-action movie. If everyone had that opinion about everyone, there would be a lot of crappy movies getting made, and a lot of early retirement.

Look at the Incredibles. If you new NOTHING about the movie, hadn't seen a trailer, and just saw a movie poster at a theater promoting it, with Mr Incredible on the front.... would you have guessed Craig T Nelson of Poltergeist and Coach fame was providing the voice for him?

Red Dragon is actually THE most accurate of the Hannibal movies, with material inserted from other books (references made in future books that would take place in or around Red Dragon), and for me to give my approval of it even though I HATE remakes in general, is saying something. Believe it or not though, never once have I felt the inclination to watch a Rush Hour movie ;)
CaptainAmerica31 - 9/3/2012, 7:10 AM
Wazacoski bros, if cloud atlas lives up to the hype
golden123 - 9/3/2012, 7:52 AM
Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol is better than VERY good! I'm not exactly for a Justice League movie, but if Brad Bird is the director, then all my negative thoughts are going to be flushed.

Also, I thought JK Rowling only really had control over the casting. I know the directors were considerate, and that they consulted with her although I believe casting was the only thing in her contract. Either way, I guess she still did have alot of power.
Frogman - 9/3/2012, 8:41 AM
Your "Two Main Tips" don't make sense, and you admit you don't know much about the Justice League so I'm guessing you don't know a lot about Aquaman. He can very easily have his own film but why him having his own film affects the Justice League film in anyway is beyond me. Making a sequel if it is successful as well, why the hell not? You don't give any reasons.
PaulRom - 9/3/2012, 11:53 AM
For the record, an Aquaman movie could be amazing if done right. It could even be DC's answer to Thor if they can pull it off.

As for the directors, I'd take Bird over Sanders any day. Although he's directed only one live action film (which was fantastic), I'd be OK with Bird directing any comic book movie. Verbinski would be interesting, but I'd rather he work on Green Lantern or Aquaman. I don't think Slade is right for the project, and of course, Neveldine/Taylor and Ratner should stay away from a film this big.
LoudNoises - 9/3/2012, 11:56 AM
I like Gore Verbinski. He deals well with big stories with interweaving story lines and large ensembles and he utilizes a great balance of practical verses digital effects. The tone of his Pirate movies would be a pretty good match for JL. His involvement in the project would draw some top talent. He has already completed one of the most successful and entertaining trilogies of the last couple decades. All signs point to yes in my book.
EdgyOutsider - 9/3/2012, 1:48 PM
@LEVTIKUZ: I did not have Snyder because he is already on for Man of Steel and hopefully it's sequel's. I don't want him for Justice League. I wanted a list that's different but also made sense, even a little bit. Honestly, my favorite pick is Gore Verbinski. All I need to say to defend that is his Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.
gmckoy - 9/4/2012, 10:16 AM
why not aronofsky, jackson or nolan

del toro is another excellent choice which everyone has forgot
EdgyOutsider - 9/4/2012, 11:10 AM
@gmckoy: Because I think of those as fan favorites, plus Nolan has already said he isn't and doesn't want to do Justice League.

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