According to Moviehole, Teresa Palmer has been offered the role of Wonder Woman in the George Miller Justice League film. This follows the rumor that Rupert Evans will be playing Superman.
Reports have this movie being all action, but with a much younger team of heroes in the early points of their careers. This has made many people wonder why not do a Teen Titans flick, but if you consider more people know Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Batman and Superman, than cyborg, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and Robin, then you can kind of see the direction Warner Bros. is going.
Rumors also point to Maxwell Lord, OMACs, and the death of Barry Allen as key points in the story.
According to a myriad of rumor sites, Rupert Evans has been offered the part of Superman in the Justice League film. Evans had previously tried out for the role for Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. You may remember Evans as the assistant to Hellboy in the Hellboy movie.
In an excellent interview with DC’s Main Man in Hollywood Gregory Novek, Voices from Krypton ask why Welling won’t be Superman in the JLA movie.
VOICES FROM KRYPTON: And then there are all of those Internet rumors about Tom Welling being cast as Superman…
GREGORY NOVECK: Not happening, if for no other reason than it would just confuse the issue.
VOICES FROM KRYPTON: And if that’s the case, I wonder why they wouldn’t just use Brandon Routh again.
GREGORY NOVECK: I think part of it is that the character is larger than the actor. If you look at Batman, Superman and Justice League as separate franchises, if all of a sudden you have Brandon in it but you don’t have Christian, then what movie is it? I think you have to have it stand on its own. I’m just speculating, but if I’m the director of this movie, I don’t want to have to be too careful of another director’s iteration of a character. If I use his actor, then I’m kind of beholden to it. What if George Miller hired Brandon and Christian, but he wanted Brandon to really play Superman tougher and wanted Christian to show more humanity, then all of a sudden you’re entering very strange creative territory. The same is true of using Tom Welling. I think ultimately it’s a better movie if you have different actors to keep the iterations of the characters distinct. The example I’ve been using is, is it the Mike Mignolia Batman versus the Frank Miller Batman? It’s still Batman, they’re just different versions of it. I think when we start to open up the films with that kind of lens, where you can say, “These are all Superman, but they’re different versions” – even from Tom Welling to Brandon Routh, right? – that’s pretty cool.
Head over to the website for more on why it’s a good idea for Tom Welling to move on, and what role Novek has in what gets put into the movies, and what doesn’t.
via Voices From Krypton
The latest rumor concerning the Justice League of America have the movie being shot in Australia. Even though the studios have been somewhat mum on any big news, casting for the film is currently underway, and George Miller is still the main man when it comes to filling the director spot.
The film, more than likely a CGI piece, is expected to be in production from February to June 2008, with Lord of the Rings and Matrix producer Barrie M. Osborne keeping everything from spiraling out of control.
If Osborne is indeed attached to produce, then we can expect a film that isn’t just thrown together as a way to make a quick buck. Sounds like everything is coming together, I just wish some official word would be made so our fears can be calmed.
via Obsessed With Film
Remember how crazy I said the latest rumors from IESB were regarding the JLA movie? Turns out all the BS was in fact complete bullshit whipped up by someone trying to embarrass the IESB site.
the second email i sent IESB is the one they recently posted on the site from “Action Boy!”. the information and story treatment is full of completely ridiculous statements and ideas (unlike the previous scoop who’s info was far more reasonable). roberts response to this email was very courteous and not very inquisitive as to it’s legitimacy nor demanding of any proof that im legit (completely opposite of his response to the other “scoop”). but he was inquisitive for me to get more info for him. he said he’d like to ask me a few questions, and before i even responded to his request the scoop was posted on the site, not even 24 hours after it was sent. clearly, no research was even attempted in order to verify any of the info involved, yet they clearly deemed it newsworthy enough to post.
So there you go. IESB was trying to get a lot of link love by posting crazy rumors and ended up losing all credibility over it. Don’t worry Spoilerinoes, you won’t be see any more links to IESB anytime soon.
IESB has either gone full scale bonkers, or has really been doing its work on digging into the JLA film.
Would you believe not only will the film have Martian Manhunter, but also the OMACS, the killing of Max Lord by Wonder Woman, Checkmate, and Darkseid killing Superman? Yeah, I don’t believe it either, it’s just way over the top, and from the plot summary by Action Boy, seems rather lame; jam packed with waaaay too much story than could reasonably be contained in a two hour movie and still make sense. Mr. Action’s description actually makes me want to see David Goyer’s Super Max over this film.
You can read the whole thing over at the site, but it sounds like someone was watching an early copy of Death of Superman DVD, reading Infinite Crisis, and the OMACS series simultaneously, while smoking a bit of the holy herb and started tripping. Seriously, if this is the real film summary, Warner Bros. should have dropped the $20 million paycheck at my door, and I would have whipped something up (free tip #2: Make Lex Luthor a reluctant good guy).
Oh and apparently this fast-tracked film will feature a bunch of not well known actors and Leonardo DiCaprio as Aquaman – the lamest character on the team. Since Routh and Bale (and now apparantly Tom Welling) won’t be playing any of the major roles, why would Leo go for King Lame of the Sea?
Is it sounding crazy messed up to you too? Everything seems so far fetched, that I wouldn’t be surprised if all this stuff is being made up for Link Love Friday.
Well here you go gents: via IESB.net
(free tip #3: Start the film with The Question tracking a mystery).
Yes, the rumors continue from the IESB.net website. Today the gumshoes of comic filmdom are spreading gossip that the OMACS and white Martians would be playing heavies in the Justice League of America film (you know, the one that Tom Welling is supposedly in).
And speaking of Martians, Martian Manhunter may be played by Laurence Fishburne.
The rumoring goes on to say Ryan Reynolds is still on for the Flash, Maxwell Lord makes an appearance, and George Miller has been watching a lot of the Justice League cartoons.
I love rumors, they get the Interweb community’s panties in such a bind with trolls coming out of the woodwork proclaiming their own truth or debunking the rumors with, “suchandsuchsite.com says those rumors are false! It said so on that other Internets site so it must be true!”
Take it for what it is worth true believers, a rumor is just that, a rumor. I still think a JLU all CGI movie done in the vein of Final Fantasy would rock everyone’s balls to the wall, and I would personally see that flick in the theatre five times (maybe even back to back). But I don’t think that will happen, as I’m sitting here in the middle of nowhere, and not in an expensive Hollywood home’s hot tub with two hot girls named Jessica, while telling Charisma Carpenter why she can’t come over tonight. In other words, until Warner Bros. offers me a big check, I’m keeping my ideas to myself (free tip #1: hire Paul Dini and Bruce Timm before proceeding).
Wow, IESB has been doing a ton of research and lead following to get to the bottom of the Justice League of America movie. The latest gossip is the movie will not be all CGI after all, but rather will incorporate motion capture where necessary.
The other big surprise ISEB’s reporters have dug up is that Smallville’s Tom Welling has been approached to don the supertights.
We contacted Tom Welling’s reps over at CAA and were quickly (and I mean quickly!) transferred to the PR department of theatrical releases for comment, we are waiting on an official comment at this time.
But what about the shooting schedule of Smallville that is supposed to go through around April you ask? Word is, the production of Smallville in Vancouver is even willing to work around whatever Welling’s schedule may be in order for their small screen superhero to make the jump to theaters. Or my thought is, maybe they will continue and completely turn the show over to the new girl in town, Kara, aka Supergirl.
As we updated in the Tom Welling article, Supermanhomepage.com is saying Al Gough says no, Welling is not involved in the JLA movie. But, I am telling you, we have triple checked this out and all indications are that Tom Welling in fact is a go on the WB side. I rechecked with my sources and they are all still saying yes, yes Tom Welling, yes Justice League, yes production starts early next year and yes Smallville will have to work around it. Believe me, the IESB will be the first to post a retraction on a story if we are proved wrong, but right now, this is what we are hearing. We have been sitting on the Tom Welling info for almost a week and finally felt we had gathered enough back-up to post it. Currently, we’ve got a lead on who is being looked at for Batman but we need some further info and confirmation before we announce it!
Well, if this is the truth, then why not take the Junior Lifeguard Association from Smallville and put them all in the movie?
Rumors are flying fast and furious over the Justice League of America movie. We’ve had reports that the Big Seven would be featured in the film,but that was followed up a few days later with info that neither Brandon Routh nor Christian Bale would be involved in the project. So what gives?
IESB has been trying to put all the pieces together and has come up with a possible answer – The Justice League of America movie will be an all CGI affair.
This explains why Happy Feet director George Miller is set to direct the piece.
This would put our League of Superheroes in a world much like Paramount’s Beowulf or Cameron’s Avatar, where they could hire any actor they wanted and tweak and change them accordingly.
If this is indeed the case, then I’m all for it. I think you would be able to do so much more in a full CGI environment than you could using live actors. But instead of going the Polar Express route, I would hope the look of the film is closer to Final Fantasy – now that would rock.
The only issue I have with the rumor as it stands right now is the fact that the movie only seems to feature the main heroes. If it is CGI, I say make a full on all CGI Justice League Unlimited that is a direct follow up to the animated series. Not only would that rock balls it could even cause the DVD sales of the multi-season show to get a boost, and would allow everyone a chance to see their favorite superhero in action. It’s just too bad New Frontier is getting the direct to DVD treatment, as I’d pay movie theater prices to see that story all CGI and on the big screen.
Who’s with me? Do you want to see a stand alone JLA movie that is seperate from everything, or would you rather see JLU in CGI?
Thanks Bill for the tip!
And before you get all worked up, the image at the top is not tied to the movie, but rather something someone put together a few years ago.
During a press junket for 3:10 to Yuma, Christian Bale was asked if he would be in the Justice League of America movie.
Bale, who plays Batman again in The Dark Knight, said he is not, and we don’t really expect him to. He’ll probably stick with his current franchise with director Christopher Nolan.
That pretty much shoots the team movie in the foot from the start, as audiences could get confused by potentially two Batmen out at the same time. Remember JLA is being fast tracked for a summer 2009 release, and the third Nolan Batman movie could bow in 2010 or 2011. If Bale wanted to capitalize on the franchise, he’d agree to the League movie and still do the third Bat-flick, and still have plenty of time left in his career for the next deranged killer movie. But that’s just me.
With Batman up in the air at the moment, who do you want to see done the tights and stalk the night in the Justice League Movie?
via Superhero Hype!
I’ve got my fare share of DC and Marvel Heroclix figures cozied away in a secret room I have yet to reveal to the Major Spoiler masses. I haven’t picked up any in quite a while, mainly because the local store has stopped carrying the line, and I really don’t have anyone to play against.
But I am super excited about the Starro Attacks Heroclix event featuring the new Justice League booster packs with several exclusive Starro related figures.
Wizkids Games has sent us some high-res images of the figures including a huge Starro that should put that Sinestro figure to shame.
More After the Jump
Ain’t It Cool News has a very interesting rumor regarding a possible JLA movie.
As I was taking the Amtrak Surfliner down to San Diego for the ‘Con yesterday, I happened to look across the aisle and spotted a gentleman reading a script. It was some sort of JUSTICE LEAGUE project. Live or animated, I do not know.
I know that Superman, Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Jon Stewart all appear in the script.
Maxwell Lord, OMAC, and someone named Talia (Al Ghul?) all appear. One of the OMACs is referred to as “Beta”, so the story may involve the start of the OMAC project.
Well we know a JLA live action movie has been in the works, but the big hold up has been getting the other movies, like Flash and Wonder Woman, done first. If the studios are moving ahead with this, it is really good news – but it wouldn’t surprise me if the script the spy saw was mearly an animated movie.
via Ain’t It Cool News