Geoff Johns Confirms DC's Lack Of Plans For A Justice League Movie!

He also offers some updates on when we'll see the trailer for Green Lantern, whether he'll write any episodes for the animated series based on that character and promises that Superman will punch someone in the upcoming reboot...

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By Josh Wilding - 10/8/2010
At "The Spotlight on Geoff Johns" panel which is currently taking place at the New York Comic Con, Comic Book Resources are providing a live update of what the critically acclaimed comic book writer has to say including his thoughts on the upcoming movies from DC and Warner Bros! Here are a few excerpts from their report where the writer talks a little more about his involvement in projects like the Green Lantern animated series and live action movie as well as the chances of the JLA making their way to the big screen.



On The Green Lantern Movie:

Johns then ran through the "Green Lantern" movie teaser posters and said, "If you love the 'Green Lantern' comics now, you're really going to love them next year." He added that the trailer will debut with the new Harry Potter movie.

On The Plans For A Justice League Movie:

Asked about the possibility of shared-universe films á la Marvel, Johns said, "I'm going to speak frankly: I think our characters are bigger than Marvel's." He said that he'd rather spend time building each character on his or her own rather than "smashing them together."

On Green Lantern: The Animated Series:

Asked whether he would write episodes of the "Green Lantern" animated series, Johns said, "Right now, no, because I need to sleep."

On The Flash Movie:

Asked about a "Flash" movie, Johns stuttered as if there was much he couldn't say, before concluding, "That would be cool."

On The Upcoming Superman Reboot:

On the topic of the next Superman movie, "I don't think you can hope for much more than Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder," Johns said. "He'll be punching something."

I think it's fair to say that the chances of a JLA movie are now looking more and more grim. With the recent news that the company plan on focusing on "standalone experiences" and now Geoff Johns (who is heavily involved in both Green Lantern and Flash as well as several other live action projects) saying the same thing, we might have a long time to wait until we see our favourite DC heroes together on the big screen. Thank God for Marvel, eh?




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Angelus - 10/8/2010, 12:12 PM
Cool!

BMP!
Curmudgeon - 10/8/2010, 12:13 PM
Nice, Geoff.

Yeah, don't even try to win over the Marvel fans, just piss 'em off and limit your viewing audience.
AngelAragiel - 10/8/2010, 12:24 PM
I agree with him; each character, or at least five of the seven JLA members, can hold a franchise of their own.
Frogman - 10/8/2010, 12:33 PM
As much as I'd like to see a JLA movie I'm glad DC aren't going to try and rush it just to compete with Marvel. It'll happen in its own time if it happens and while we wait hopefully we get loads of decent movies to watch in the mean time
superotherside - 10/8/2010, 12:34 PM
i want a justice league movie sometime though

about dc characters being bigger than marvels, guess he hasn't seen giant man huh?

GIANTMAN COMIC

lol ;)
DCMarvelFreshman - 10/8/2010, 12:36 PM
I very well agree. DC's heroes can hold on their own. Plus, though I love what Marvel is doing, to an extent, I'm glad DC is keeping things the way they were. Sometimes we need a good sold solo-movie. Great Stuff Josh!
JoshWilding - 10/8/2010, 12:39 PM
I completely disagree with him. DC's heroes are no "bigger than Marvel's". The truth is, DC are just waiting to see how much of a success The Avengers is before risking making their own version of it. I'm happy to have them make some great solo films but now they're introducing more and more characters, it feels like a wasted opportunity not to create a larger live action DC Universe. At this rate, that won't be for another decade!

In fact, Warner Bros are a pretty lousy studio when you think about it. They only greenlighted movies like Green Lantern and Flash because they need new ways to make money now that the Harry Potter franchise is almost over and they're rushing out The Man of Steel because of that argument over who owns the rights! As I've said above, thank God for Marvel! At least they're happy to make money AND keep us fans happy.
tazmaniak - 10/8/2010, 12:39 PM
Damn, Johns.You never hear a creator, especially a higher up, make a statement like that regarding another company's characters.
ThreeBigTacos - 10/8/2010, 12:47 PM
Eh, I honestly only ever loved Batman and Superman from DC when I was a kid, I'm more of a Marvel guy now, so I'm content with seeing both Batman and Superman get their own series of movies. Green Lantern looks good too, and I'll definitely watch it, but to me I think I like Marvel more because it isn't as farfetched and everything is more integrated. But again that's my personal opinion, I'm not trying to sway DC fans.
Curmudgeon - 10/8/2010, 12:48 PM
I agree they (well, some of them...) CAN hold their own, but that shouldn't preclude DC from doing Justice League.

Besides, I really can't see Hawkman/Girl, Aquaman, or Martian Manhunter carrying their own Solo films, and a JL movie might just be the only way a lot of people would ever bother with them.
CaptainQuirk - 10/8/2010, 12:48 PM
This is good news! :)
DaenerysTargaryen - 10/8/2010, 12:48 PM
Horray for superman punching stuff! :D
peterparker420 - 10/8/2010, 12:50 PM
JOSH- AGREED! DC is just waving as MARVEL passes them by 10 fold..DC has some good characters but MARVEL has GREATER stories!!..DC is WAY behind..

"Superman will punch something" jesus christ I hope so..
Superman is so lame in the movies..In order for me to watch a GREAT superman film..It has to be ANIMATED..but SNYDER gives me hope!
StuckInPanels - 10/8/2010, 12:53 PM
@Josh...I agree with your disagreement...both companies are on equal terms when it comes to characters and story telling. One can't exist without the other. The Problem is that WB has this mine to excavate but they are digging in the dangerous tunnels like Jonah Hex, Constantine, RED(which looks good), and these limited series that people don't know about...except that they have Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Teen Titans, and LOTS of other characters that deserve the live action treatment, but since Harry Potter is ending will may soon see them mining in the right areas soon.

@Taz....Johns worked with Marvel b4 on a few projects when he was younger..so him saying that, makes him kinda of a douche....the Comic Industry has tremendous respect for one another and they never call each other out. Joe Quesada wished the new DC EiC the best of luck, so Johns should watch his tongue

I can't wait to see the trailer for GL and while a JL movie would be awesome, the only problem is they haven't made a connective universe for these characters...so for now, its not gonna happen
Flagg - 10/8/2010, 1:01 PM
"I'm going to speak frankly: I think our characters are bigger than Marvel's."

That's kind of a bullshit excuse.
JohnnyKrypton - 10/8/2010, 1:01 PM
Gosh Geoff, in April you were hinting that a JLA film was in development! Apparently Diane Nelson has worked the Jedi mind trick on him...

GJ: People would really like to see a JLA film...
DN: (waves hand) They don't need to see a JLA film.
GJ: ...they don't need to see a JLA film...

Carry that weight, boy!
Hawksblueyes - 10/8/2010, 1:12 PM
I disagree with him completely. I love DC, always have. But their characters are too over the top for the average movie goer. Marvels characters are more relatable.

I'm not talking about us, the comic fan, I mean to Joe Blow audience. Marvel has proven time and time again that their second teir characters could stand on their own ala Daredevil and Blade. And yes, I know we were disappointed with some of their efforts but the general audience paid to see them. They all made money.
CaptainOtter - 10/8/2010, 1:20 PM
Wasn't the whole point of adding Angela Bassett as Dr. Waller (who is behind several DC organizations) to add continuity? Yeah, when they started Green Lantern, they were clearly trying to have a connected universe. Then they find out Nolan won't tie in Batman, and also wants to do Superman alone and are calling it off. Because if you can't have those two, I guess there's no point.
TayDee - 10/8/2010, 1:21 PM
I didn't like the little diss he gave to marvel but i guess its whatever.

I think you cant really compare the two franchises because the characters are too different. Like Hawks said Marvel's characters are more relatable because they wrote about issues that was going on in the world and I just like their characters more than DC's
TayDee - 10/8/2010, 1:23 PM
and to mention they should have done a JL movie years ago.....DC has always had their rights to the characters, Marvel is just getting them back sooo I think DC is capitalizing off of the success Marvel had with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk by making their own movies
SoulAllFlush - 10/8/2010, 1:29 PM
DC might have the two biggest comic book characters ever in Batman and Superman. But no way are DC character bigger than Marvel.

You ask someone ignorant to comics to list superheroes I doubt they'd get even 5 DC characters, whereas Marvel characters completely swamp DC. It's a bit delusion to think otherwise.
DetBullock - 10/8/2010, 1:30 PM
"I'm going to speak frankly: I think our characters are bigger than Marvel's." He said that he'd rather spend time building each character on his or her own rather than "smashing them together."

And he is damn right about it.
I'm worried about the Flash movie though...
TrollHunter - 10/8/2010, 1:32 PM
"I'm going to speak frankly: I think our characters are bigger than Marvel's." Thats a pretty ballsy statement. To bad he's completely wrong.
cjkalel - 10/8/2010, 1:34 PM
I think that seperate films is a very smart thing to do and it helps people who aren't familiar with the characters get to know them better. And johns is right there characters are much more iconic than marvels heck john jonnz could beat 85% of the avengers by himself. Nice work dc and I can't wait for a zach snyder directed supes fight scene priceless
marvel72 - 10/8/2010, 1:45 PM
i think geoff making comments,like dc charactors are bigger than marvels.

does he want marvel fans to see the green lantern or not.

if dc charactors are so much bigger than marvels,why have we only seen batman,superman & the green lantern.

oh i forgot jonah hex his definetly one of the better charactors. :D

don't he think the rest of the dc universe are strong enough to carry a solo film.
AlReg - 10/8/2010, 1:46 PM
I hope people can stop begging for a JLA movie now. It is getting annoying reading how there needs to be one when there is no need. People also seem to think it means that Marvel is winning some contest about superhero movies when aside from comic book fans the mass public doesn't care which character is a Marvel or DC. And yes thank God for the Marvel movies I mean Brands.
LP4 - 10/8/2010, 2:04 PM
"he'll be punching something"

[frick]EN FINALLY!! And if Supes doesn't punch anything again, I'm asking for a god damned refund this time.
Dynamo - 10/8/2010, 2:13 PM
@Deadpool
Well you can argue which company has the most "iconic" superheroes. Superman and Batman are only rivald by Marvels Spider-Man.
That being said... THERE'S NO REASON THERE SHOULDN'T BE A JLA MOVIE.
davidcub - 10/8/2010, 2:16 PM
He didn't say there was NEVER going to be a JLA movie. They just want to establish their characters first. Nothing wrong with that. As far as Marvel or DC being bigger, better, or more realistic than the other: Look, this is ALL A MATTER OF OPINION! It's not something you can really argue. Some people may relate more to DC characters than Marvel and vice versa. One universe is just as "far fetched" as the other and yes, DC also addresses today's "issues" and has done for years. Marvel may have cranked out more movies than DC but plenty of Marvel fans are on here every time pissing and moaning about how their favorite characters were butchered. Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Arrow can definitely carry their own movies. Don't tell me anyone outside of comics knew who Daredevil or Elektra were before their movies came out. But like I said, as far as one universe/character being better than the other: it's all in how the individual sees it.
marvel72 - 10/8/2010, 2:17 PM
@ dynamo

what about captain america ?
Suzanne - 10/8/2010, 2:26 PM
I understand what he is saying and I agree with him so because of that they should take the Smallville cast to the big screen as the Justice League movie.
qnolan - 10/8/2010, 2:29 PM
i honestly think Johns was talkin in terms of films. DC still has overriding control over the films involving their characters. Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman etc cannot have any film that is not overseen by DC as a company. Marvel have sold the rights to some of their most well-known characters...Spiderman, X-Men, Fantastic 4 etc. Iron Man (before the films) and Thor are not as well known around the world as Spiderman n X-Men. Captain America as well is not as well known around the world as the Fantastic 4. A lot of this is to do with animated series that air across the world. Hulk is the most well known of the Avengers film but certainly won't be the main focus. I think that is Johns point. Marvel don't have the film rights to their most celebrated and well known character whereas DC do. Don't think that's a diss.

N.B I am from Manchester, England and am more of a DC fan but like Marvel, especially Captain America (my favourite Marvel character) but trust me on this when talking about the most well known characters. Also my point is about the general public NOT you people on here.
marvel72 - 10/8/2010, 2:47 PM
@ q nolan

welcome mate,i'm from england as well way down in kent.

@ suzanne

you can not be serious about bringing the smallville cast to the big screen,lmfao.

dc entertainment + smallville cast + the big screen = EPIC FAIL!
TheDarqueOne - 10/8/2010, 2:48 PM
"smashing them together."

Smashing them together? All the decades of Team comics were just smashing them together?

I violently disagree.

I love Johns but this news is just tragic. This attitude is just begging to be... what is the proper word here? Adjusted that is the word I want.




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JasonBlue - 10/8/2010, 2:57 PM
comppletely digging DC's approach... their characters are bigger and they do deserve their own thing
Tymminator - 10/8/2010, 3:00 PM
I disagree with Johns.

As far as comparing quality of Movies, I’m a fan of both Marvel and DC but right now I REALLY think Marvel is overall doing it right, and by Marvel I mean Marvel Studios. I am not throwing in the stuff done by Fox and Sony in there cause good or bad, Marvel did not have the control on those movies (all Spider-mans, X-men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, etc) as they do with the ones under the Marvel Studios banner.

That’s why when I hear some one say “I raise your Jonah Hex one Elektra.” In my mind that doesn’t count against Marvel Studios because they didn’t have the same amount of control over it. Yeah it’s a MARVEL movie, but all it REALLY means is FOX can make a crappy movie about a MARVEL character. When its not under Marvel Studios, the fact it was either Good (Spider-man) or Bad (Elektra) is/was because factors outside of Marvels control.

You wanna judge Marvel Movies from Marvel Studios, you have a pretty short list, but I will still take that over 75% of the stuff DC has out there. Why you ask? Because DC/Warners has had control over their stuff for the git-go, and they have only a(relative) handful of successes. Just look at the list of DC/Warner movies that have come out in my lifetime…(I may have missed a couple)

Superman
Superman II
Superman III
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Supergirl
Swamp Thing
The Return of Swamp Thing
Batman
Batman Returns
Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
Steel
Catwoman
Batman Begins
The Dark Knight
Superman Returns
Watchmen
The Losers
Jonah Hex

Only six or seven of those I would consider really good or even passable, definitely not "quality over quantity". All of these were done on DC/Warners watch, so that although the good ones are 100% theirs, it also means means all of the crappy ones (a big chunk of the majority) are 100% their fault.

Ironman 2 gets some grief on this site, but its miles over the majority of what DC has put out. Of course Marvel Studios has only put out 3 movies so far, but from their start, they show they have a plan, maybe a few hiccups, but they have a plan. DC does not. Focusing on one character is nothing new, Hell, its what they have been doing from the start, and 75% of the time it sucks.

I will be one of the first people to see the new Green Lantern movie (I LOVE the character, and I’m a huge Hal Jordan fanboy), so again, I don’t hate DC. But people who point to the Dark Knight and Batman Begins have a VERY short memory as basically, those flicks are two shiny great examples on top of a huge ass manure pile.

So to sum it up, yeah, I think they were stupid to NOT consider a JLA movie, but then I’m not surprised, they ALMOST didn’t make the JL toon (you know, the one from Bruce Timm, which is the super-toon others are compared to) and when you look back and read things of how close that didn’t happen, you see how something SO GREAT almost passed us by.

IMO, its happening again, this time with movies.
skullboy - 10/8/2010, 3:01 PM
I'm guessing Johns is also frustrated that DC has been way behind the ball when it comes to movies. I feel the same way. I wish they asked him if the Wonder Woman tv show plans is true and what he thinks about it. DC and Warners has alot to make up for and we're sick of waiting already. Not eveybody is looking forward to the Avengers.
Tymminator - 10/8/2010, 3:15 PM
Where is this war?

Iron man 2 was not as good as the first but "god awful" is seriously your opinion, a valid opinion, but seriously, YOURS dude. Nobody bitches about it more than fanboys especially on THIS site. The average movie fan thought it was allright and the DVD/Blueray sales prove that.

Hulk is also your opinion.

And the fact is I would still take BOTH Iron man 2 and Hulk over most of that crap out there that DC is throwing out (IE Jonah Hex)

And this aint about a war dude, its about DC overall not getting it right with the movies.

In the area of the toons? They freaking ROCK. As I said the JLU toon is THE Gold standard.

This is my personal opinion of how they are handling the movies, and I feel its more than valid.

If you feel my comments are about "imaginary DC/Marvel movie war", I don't know what to tell you, maybe for some folks that applies, but not to me.
marvel72 - 10/8/2010, 3:31 PM
marvel studios is doing exactly what i want to see.

1.iron man (very good)
2.the incredible hulk (good)
3.iron man 2 (average,had some good moments)

with thor & captain america coming soon & the avengers on the way.

dc entertainment are just falling behind marvel everyday,they take far to long getting their charactors onto the big screen & i'm bored(yawn!)of waiting.

its great the green lantern,batman 3 & man of steel are all on the way.

but i need some new heroes.
qnolan - 10/8/2010, 3:53 PM
@deadpool72 alright fella?

i know what people are sayin...marvel studios has a better record BUT the point is the point Johns was making was NOW Marvel are wackin together the Avengers and the films preceding that are made to build to that film. That COULD take the focus away from the solo film. Not saying it will but it COULD. Now with Batman, DC have a HUGE success, with GL next year it looks good, although you never know, and then Superman looks in good hands. And they are at least the biggest 2 characters of DC and GL is in contention with Flash n Wonder Woman as next most well known. Marvel's most well known are Spiderman and X-Men throughout the world and even though i applaud Marvel and love the fact they're doing the Avengers, Johns is right. IF Marvel had the film right to Spiderman n Xmen they wouldn't be doing Avengers BUT I am glad they are and it is a HUGE risk to do it but a GREAT risk. Johns was just stating that they don't have to put they're best 4 together to make loads of money. TDK did it and I think MOS will do it. GL, IMO will beat Iron Man, Thor and even though I LOVE Captain America i think Gl will beat its Box Office. Only my opinion.

Just my opinion that Johns dint mean it as a diss just that DC can use all it's most popular characters n Marvel can't at the moment. I do love the risk Marvel is taking with the Avengers n using each solo film to lead into it which inevitably takes away from the character as a solo film.

Safe
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