SKYFALL Director Sam Mendes Reveals Whether He Would Be Interested In JUSTICE LEAGUE

Sam Mendes, director of the critically acclaimed box office smash Skyfall, talks here about the possibility of directing a comic book movie at some point in the future and comments specifically about helming Justice League. Check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 11/18/2012
Sam Mendes has already revealed that he decided not to pitch his take on The Avengers because he wasn't impressed when Marvel Studios sent him a package which contained little more than a piece of paper with the release date on it and a handful of comics books, but how does he feel about Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment's Justice League? The Skyfall director reveals all in this lengthy chat with our friends over at Collider, so be sure to head to the 13:25 mark in order to hear his thoughts on that and the possibility of brining any other comic books to the big screen in future.




"I've never felt that that [Justice League] was in my comfort zone. I went with my son to see 'The Avengers' and loved it, but I just looked at it and thought, 'He's done it brilliantly. How on Earth...where do you start?!' For me, what I love about Bond is that it has a basis in reality. Everything is a real, physical special effect and it's supplemented by visual effects."

"But when you're working the other way around and your basic storytelling is on blue screen, I would be lost. I've got to be honest. It's just a totally different world. You have to work at a different speed, a different pace, it's much, much more under conceptual art, much more pre-vis and it's not what gives me pleasure as a filmmaker. I love real people; actors in real spaces and that's what I feed off and what drives me. If you take that away, I would find it very difficult."

"It depends how it's handled. There are some comic book movies like 'The Dark Knight' or the second 'X-Men' movie for example that didn't feel as if they were set in an entirely fantasy universe and they were inspiring to me because I thought that somehow you could see they were possible to make."


Source: Collider
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SageMode - 11/18/2012, 12:01 PM
I guess no fantasy or "unrealistic" CBMs for him
Happy11 - 11/18/2012, 12:22 PM
@yossarian why? a successful JL movie is what I think most ppl on this site want but realise it will be pretty hard to pull off but the bs youve came away with is unnecessary and harmful in general to CBMs
GuardianAngel - 11/18/2012, 12:38 PM
I hope Joel Schumacher directs JLA. He's proven he knows how to make bad films and thats what we need to get WB to stop making CBM's for another 10 years.
rockerdude22 - 11/18/2012, 12:39 PM
Mendes is a fantastic director, but I don't know if he's right for JLA. Brad Bird or Peter Jackson would be my choices to direct it.
rockerdude22 - 11/18/2012, 12:41 PM
@AmericanPsycho Not only that, but he would make all the costumes have nipples on them lol. Funny enough, he actually made a video where he wanted WB to hire him as their Feige or Whedon. It was hilarious because he kept pronouncing Feige's name wrong lol.
jimpinto24 - 11/18/2012, 12:42 PM
Sam Mensa would be a good choice to direct the Jl, but I want Peter Jackson as the director of the Jl.
crazymarvelgurl95 - 11/18/2012, 12:48 PM
Im not getting my hopes up until I see an actual confirmation. Talk is cheap.
novaprime - 11/18/2012, 12:48 PM
This Wiilll be Terrible
Lightsplasher - 11/18/2012, 12:50 PM
Pretty sure the Warner will take a known director like Peter Jackson , Sam Mendes or another director ...
ComicFanMan - 11/18/2012, 12:50 PM
I agree with you guys i think peter jackson is so used to making movies that follow a group of people and making the events with them feel huge and epic. He could really pull it off but that's my opinion, but on a fun side i think zack snyder would make a really striking movie. Not a great movie but just a cool or good looking movie if you catch my drift.
ComicFanMan - 11/18/2012, 1:07 PM
@suspensesmith

i think what it is is that we want the best for the material we love, and those directors you stated are the best at their craft. Your right on the writers too there wouldn't be a film to direct without a good story and those directors you stated either write or have partners they always work with that write brilliant material that makes the movies that we love so great. I personally think abrams for star wars because hes so good at working and help writing that sci-fi shit. While peter could direct JLA which is a huge epic story about a group of characters which he does very often example the hobbit or lord of the rings.
AlexDeLarge87 - 11/18/2012, 1:09 PM
I think if he would make it. He would build the fantastical sets if its needed. To me thats alot more cooler than just plain green screen.
AlexDeLarge87 - 11/18/2012, 1:19 PM
However balancing both technics is the way i would use.
Thats one of the reasons why i liked Batman Begins most of Nolan´s trilogy. He build the sets for Gotham City and made it look like it came straight from the comics. Tall buildings and dark alleys. In the rest it didnt feel like Gotham. But thats just me.
AlexDeLarge87 - 11/18/2012, 1:21 PM
He used CGI in the city too.
AutobotCommander84 - 11/18/2012, 1:33 PM
@SuspenseSmith There were three writers actually: James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, and Steve Kloves. And also, Alvin Sargent, the writer you are thinking of who co-wrote Spider-Man 3 with Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan, wrote the screenplay for Spider-Man 2, which was considered by many to be the best superhero film of all time until TDK came out, and is still considered the best Spider-Man film by many (something I disagree with, but I digress...)
tonytony - 11/18/2012, 1:49 PM
I understand where he is coming from but i guarantee you that in the same way TDK upped credibility for CBM's, Man Of Steel will be a game changer too and wil provide a blueprint for making plausible fantasy superhero movies.
Bread - 11/18/2012, 2:00 PM
I don't know how this project can be handled properly. I read an article a while back that said it is basically impossible to pull it off with all of these characters, and I agree.

There's is Superman and all of his glory, Wonder Woman who is basically Superman minus a few powers, Green Lantern who has the most powerful weapon in the universe that can create nearly anything he can think of, and Batman who is the most dangerous human being alive. There's just too much power.
RexDartEskimoSpy - 11/18/2012, 2:27 PM
I hate when snobs say things like "I went with my son to see The Avengers" like adults can't watch a superhero movie without bringing a kid with them.

Now, when the girl in the booth giggled when I asked for two college student tickets to the Powerpuff Girls movie, that's a different story...
MonroeArtStudio - 11/18/2012, 2:31 PM
I think he could make a decent Daredevil movie.
TheSoulEater - 11/18/2012, 2:33 PM
I'd be okay with this, BUT I want him to direct a really good Aquaman or Martian Manhunter movie first.

Just some good stand alones first so we can be introduced just like Marvel had to do when they payed their dues
RexDartEskimoSpy - 11/18/2012, 2:35 PM
@ AlexDeLarge87:

Yeah, it bugs me how Gotham in The Dark Knight is obviously Chicago (Especially in the prisoner transfer. How many American cities have multi-level roads?) and in Rises it's even worse with Manhattan landmarks everywhere. You can even see Liberty Tower under construction. (Or One WTC or whatever you want to call it.)

Of course, the original Superman was even worse. I know that it's impossible to build a fictional city for a movie, but try a little harder to disguise famous landmarks. I don't want to start a Marvel Vs DC argument, but for example the climax of The Incredible Hulk was shot in Toronto, but it sure looks like Harlem.
ComicFanMan - 11/18/2012, 2:39 PM
@deadpunisher

Your right I think it's way to ambitious to go for JLA I mean look it took decades for the avengers to get the movie treatment. I think it would be far smarter of DC to do a simple collab between batman and superman. The avengers worked well because it took its time setting up the universe and it's characters, dc has to many characters that aren't know yet to the general public to make the JLA and make it likable and believable. They made an amazing batman trilogy and they should do the same with superman before they should even think about JLA.
boyofsteel - 11/18/2012, 2:44 PM
Martin Campbell directed two of the best Jameson bond movies, and we know how that ended with green lantern, I think wb won't be looking in the James bond direction anymore
DCjohnny - 11/18/2012, 2:46 PM
the director of justice league should be some one who is good with visuals and action the right person is zack snyder.....
thanos83 - 11/18/2012, 2:48 PM
George miller should be asked to come back..he's a solid choice..hell just need a decent script
thanos83 - 11/18/2012, 2:49 PM
[frick] snyder..lol in all truth if superman is good..i bet hell be given justice league if he wants it
CaptainAmerica31 - 11/18/2012, 2:56 PM
Are you saying you wouldn't enjoy nipples on wonder women's costume?
thanos83 - 11/18/2012, 2:57 PM
you guys really kill me when u suggest directors like peter Jackson..he's too wayyy to tied up with the 2(now 3)hobbit films..although principal photography has wrapped, he'l be bogged down with re-shoots and editing on those films for the next 3 years
Happy11 - 11/18/2012, 3:06 PM
@alexdelarge87 I agree I was hoping for a return of the look of Gotham in BB for TDKR.
maxxgone - 11/18/2012, 3:20 PM
so far the wachowskis have been the most exciting rumored director(s) we've heard. lord knows they nail the tone/feel of whatever it is they tackle.

i don't doubt that there of course are other directors who would do a great job. but i feel that these guys could solve the post-nolan batman issue, as well as point all the characters in an exciting direction.

kind of like the comics have a character with several different titles: all are a little different but rotate around the same basic storyline? i feel that the W's would be able to provide the proper springboard for future franchise directors to branch out their heroes and then ultimately come back for JKL2. i don't know if i'm explaining myself clearly or not. if not apologies.
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I hope Joel Schumacher directs JLA. He's proven he knows how to make bad films and thats what we need to get WB to stop making CBM's for another 10 years.

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This!
manofmidgard - 11/18/2012, 3:56 PM
i think dc should jump to get this guy. he's awesome and most important, he actually wants to do it. if he did bond, he could salvage batman from the mess nolan made out of him. even nolanites will admit its gonna be hard to have continuity taking bats into a comic book team movie. that's gonna be daunting to a director and i don't think that many big-named directors will risk it. this guy wants it and would do a great job. dc, you better call him now. get him working on this now!
DarkArts - 11/18/2012, 4:00 PM
The Justice League film is not some hot property waiting to be had and it will not be the success the Avengers was.

The film is coming from WB which is a studio thats had DC properties for nearly 40 years and have only gotten great films from Richard Donner and Nolan for a total of only 3 great films and 2 ok but not great films: Superman 2 and TDKR.

Without those Donner and Nolan all WB has accomplished cinematically are Green Lantern, Steel, Burton and Schumacher's remakes of the 60's comedy TV show, Jonah Hex, Supergirl, Superman 3-5.

Even if they had a great director, a JL film without lead in films must establish each hero+actor.
The actors will not have had a solo film that lets them get the character and find out how to best play them as Downey JR, Evans, Renner, Johannson and Hemsworth did. Also without the failures of 2 Hulk films Marvel would have had a crappy Hulk in The Avengers. But instead Marvel was able to see what did not work with Banner/Hulk and get it right.

A JL film from WB is likely going to be a huge disaster that like Batman And Robin may kill some careers and hurt all CBMs.
LAXtremest - 11/18/2012, 4:15 PM
There hasn't been one shred of OFFICAL shred of news on this movie. I'll believe it when the WB releases anything. Just like I don't believe the Deadpool movie is ever getting made.
ThatOneDude - 11/18/2012, 4:19 PM
Honestly if MOS is successful then WB should just let Snyder do it.. He's proven that he can make a good team dynamic with Watchmen and 300
DanteSparda - 11/18/2012, 4:33 PM
Hope he makes the new Daredevil tough.
ATrueHero1987 - 11/18/2012, 5:19 PM
I really think that before a JL movies comes out, that WB/DC should "re-introduce" at least Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and The Flash. Think about it, if they can't get a single hero right(outside of Batman & Superman of coures) what makes you think they can handle a whole team of these individuals coming together??
DioFoRio - 11/18/2012, 6:25 PM
man ...Peter Jackson has been stuck in middle earth so long his JLA would be crazzzzy. He would let go of the reigns and let it fly.
figuresmaniac - 11/18/2012, 7:30 PM
He could do SHIELD, punisher, DD, green arrow, birds of Prey
FOOM - 11/18/2012, 11:38 PM
A decent JLA movie could happen but right now chances are it would make Green Lantern look like The Godfather. Can't see WB execs dishing out the necessary cash given the reminder of what's on their Thanksgiving Day plate.
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