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Jessica Biel in talks for live action JLA movie!

What do you think about the upcoming JLA movie?

Should have been a CG animated movie19%[ 6 ]
Should be live action with a new cast16%[ 5 ]
Should be live action with Bale and Routh44%[ 14 ]
It won't work whatever they do22%[ 7 ]

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Posted: Tue, 25th Sep 2007, 2:26pm

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We weren't going to mention that Jessica Biel is in negotiations for the part of Wonder Woman, as it seems that every other movie site on the planet already has, but something's been bothering us. The thing is, this isn't for a Wonder Woman film. It's for a Justice League of America film, and that brings up all kinds of thorny issues.

For those not in the know, JLA is a team-up of all of DC Comics' top heroes - ie, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, plus a load of other ones that most people have never heard of before.

For a brief while the studio dabbled with the idea of making an animated CG feature film, which could have utterly ruled - if the Polar Express/Beowulf style of animation is ideal for anything, it's an all-out superhero extravaganza.

Instead, they're going for live action. The problem being, of course, that there are already continuing franchises for Batman and Superman, the two lead characters in the JLA. Rumour has it that Christian Bale and Brandon Routh will not be approached for the roles, despite being heavily associated with them.

Which leaves Warner Bros with a curious situation. If you cast new actors in those iconic roles, they're likely to be compared to the highly popular Bale and Routh, or at least confuse the general movie-going public. If you move the big two to background players, the movie will be left in the hands of the likes of Aquaman - hardly a big box office draw.

What do you guys think? Live action JLA movie - good idea or bad idea?
Posted: Tue, 25th Sep 2007, 3:54pm

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I can't say I think a live-action film will be nearly as effective as a high-quality animated feature. However, I don't think the absence of Routh and Bale is really a problem. Comic book roles are often shared by different actors in different productions. Superman is already in that situation, with Routh in Superman Returns and Tom Welling in Smallville.
That said, I would like to see Smallville's JLA cast in a feature film.
Posted: Tue, 25th Sep 2007, 6:58pm

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I really wanted to see a proper Superman flick, but apparently now it's going to be pushed back...

Regardless, I'll see it, hands down, if Jessica Biel is in it.

EDIT:

Got my Jessicas mixed up... both are great though! wink
Posted: Wed, 26th Sep 2007, 4:02am

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pixelboy wrote:

However, I don't think the absence of Routh and Bale is really a problem. Comic book roles are often shared by different actors in different productions. Superman is already in that situation, with Routh in Superman Returns and Tom Welling in Smallville.
It's one thing to have the Smallville/Superman Returns parallel productions.. they take place at completely different times. SR took place after Superman II, and Smallville takes place when Clark Kent is an adolescent. That's a BIG difference.

If the JL movie took place with the actors all being in that age range, then the parallel productions would coincide better with the actor discrepancy. However, it would make NO sense, especially with the Batman franchise. Batman Begins just told the origin story, and though I don't really know a heck of a lot about the Justice League, it would seem pretty obvious to a layman that Batman's involvement in the JL would take place quite a bit of time after saying, "Hey, I'm gonna fight crime and dress up as bat!". I doubt this league would exist when Batman has only fought 1-2 major villains in his time thus far.

Warner Brothers, once again, has shown that it hates its consumers. Whether it is in their films or even the actual packaging of their DVDs, WB comes up with some ideas and then completely screws them up down the road.
Posted: Wed, 26th Sep 2007, 4:22am

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It still stands that comic book characters are not generally expected to follow any strict continuity, especially between different productions. Most fans expect that certain liberties will be taken with the storyline, character designs, etc. As long as spirit of the character remains, I think there is a lot of room for changes to be made and creative license to be taken; more so with comics than many other forms of literature. Each franchise can tell a different story, just because they're utilizing the same character doesn't mean that they're bound to follow each other. A lot of these superheroes have been around for decades, and have been re-imagined many times, by many different writers and filmmakers over the years. In my opinion, that's the best way to keep the stories fresh and interesting.
Posted: Wed, 26th Sep 2007, 8:18am

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Another problem I have is with the DC universe in general. While I love several of the characters on an individual basis, I'm just not entirely convinced that they merge together particularly convincingly.

This is especially that case with Batman: the entire point of the Batman character is that he's a 'normal' (ok, super rich) person, with no super powers, and that he's in a far grittier, generally more realistic setting. As such, suddenly blending him in with the utterly fantastical aliens/superpowers/etc characters seems hugely anachronistic.

The Marvel universe works far better when mixed in with each other, although even then it has its own issues of stretching the suspension of disbelief.

This is even more of a problem, really, given that recent comic book movies have gone for a more 'real' feeling, particularly the Spider-Man and Batman movies. To suddenly reverse that trend and go for an all-out mega-extravagant JLA movie is a lot to ask of the general audience.
Posted: Wed, 26th Sep 2007, 11:57am

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BackOfTheHearse wrote:


If the JL movie took place with the actors all being in that age range, then the parallel productions would coincide better with the actor discrepancy. However, it would make NO sense, especially with the Batman franchise. Batman Begins just told the origin story, and though I don't really know a heck of a lot about the Justice League, it would seem pretty obvious to a layman that Batman's involvement in the JL would take place quite a bit of time after saying, "Hey, I'm gonna fight crime and dress up as bat!". I doubt this league would exist when Batman has only fought 1-2 major villains in his time thus far.
I was thinking something along these lines. While I never followed along with JLA I did get the impression that they came together as a group after each was established. I mean within the time frame of the books. Also, the general movie-going public may not be as familiar with some of the other characters, you would have to introduce and try to flesh out some of them for the audience. No way in a 2 hour movie.

And being Hollywood, some of the characters are going to get left in the shadows to the more popular ones. I dunno. It has all the markings of another Made-for-MTV-video like Batman and Robin.

Still, if it has good eye candy I'll have a look at it.

TS
Posted: Wed, 26th Sep 2007, 12:29pm

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Yeah thats the reason why I never liked Justice league, they have their own little world rules which don't go together.

That being said, Jessica Biel is damn hot and I welcome any reason to get her in a skimpy outfit.
Posted: Wed, 26th Sep 2007, 8:04pm

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Kid wrote:

That being said, Jessica Biel is damn hot and I welcome any reason to get her in a skimpy outfit.
The truth has been spoken.
Posted: Fri, 28th Sep 2007, 3:17pm

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http://www.superherohype.com/news/topnews.php?id=6356

Biel has passed on playing Wonder Woman. We can probably expect the media to get into a crazed frenzy for a month-or-two at every vaguely recognisable name that drifts past the film. The producers apparently want to announce the entire cast in one go, though, so until you hear it from them it's probably best to ignore all the silly rumours. smile
Posted: Fri, 28th Sep 2007, 6:44pm

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Venessa Feltz can play that blonde chick on the right.. by the looks of it.
Posted: Sat, 29th Sep 2007, 12:49am

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I dunno... If it's not going to have Christian Bale and Brandon Routh in it..

I think it's a good (if not great) idea and all, I just think they are going about it the wrong way.
Posted: Sun, 30th Sep 2007, 11:12pm

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Whoever does the acting, the potential is there. Believe it or not, several JLA and JLU cartoons blended the DC comic universe exquisitely.
There are several major standards that WB needs to uphold:
-Combine as best as possible the lines of the characters; respect the comic books and don’t screw over the existing/in production movies.
-Be original; I know the Producers must be incredibly tempted to just grab content that’s out there in the comic books, movies books etc, and slam it all into a crappy Super Hero lasagna… but this movie has to make it’s own statement with it’s own angle.
-Reach as many audiences as possible- Everyone has a different element they enjoy, try to reach out without sacrificing the heart of the movie. (i.e Sure the latest Superman had some great emotional elements, but no great fight scenes?)
This movie has death written all over it. If it bombs, a little bit of DC prestige dies. Nevertheless, if somehow WB pulls this off…

It’d be pretty freakin’ sweet.