So what’s the status on Justice League then? Warner Bros has a chance to grab another license to print cash, and with Man of Steel grabbing early rave reviews, throwing more spandex into the mixer might be earn them all the cash currently in existence.
The problem though, is that the current Will Beall script smells worse than a copy of Batman and Robin that has been left out in the sun for too long. Which is why his script is out, and a new one is apparently in place.
So, grab a barrel of salt and prepare to ingest it, with this particular rumour. Warner Bros has two new writers tackling the project, who are looking to spin the sequel wheel on this particular franchise according to Joblo:
I can unofficially confirm that the movie WILL use Henry Cavill’s Superman, as well as an already established Batman (who has been left open enough to use Nolan’s John Blake if the situation were to arise *wink wink*), and will follow the two as they try to piece together the Justice League when a new threat shows up with Earth conquest on his mind.
Following the events of “Man of Steel,” NASA and Lex Luthor begin sending signals out into space to attract other alien beings which reach Apokolips, prompting an invasion of “Hunger Dogs” sent by Darkseid and lead by Kalibak, Orion, and the Female Furies.
Superman and Batman, knowing they won’t be able to fight them alone, recruit the help of Green Lantern, (who’s left open to be either Ryan Reynold’s Hal Jordan or John Stewart, either way they’ll be using the already established Green Lantern corps from the Martin Campbell film), J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter (who is confirmed as not being CGI), who comes to protect Earth after escaping from a prison on Apokolips because he knows the next planet on Darkseid’s mind will be Mars once he conquers Earth, the Barry Allen incarnation of the Flash who will gain his powers in the first 1/3rd of the film, and Princess Diana of Themyscira, who is ready to leave Themyscira and refuses to continue standing by and not use her ability to help the Justice League when she finds out the world is in crisis.
This isn’t campy lasso using, invisible plane driving, star spangled banner Linda Carter Wonder Woman either, she’s got super strength and truly kicks ass.
As I don’t want to give away too much information, I’ll leave it as that but the movie will absolutely blow your mind, it’s filled with cameos of lesser known heroes and villains (like Lobo and the baddies Mongrul and Sinestro to name a few!) to establish them for the sequel, all while maintaining a consistent “grounded in reality” but not TOO realistic approach that fans like so much today.
The heroes save the day, and the army of “Hunger Dogs” retreat back to Apokolips, where a furious Darkseid punishes Kalibak while Orion begins to question his loyalty to his father. Darkseid then goes to the furthest depths of Apokolips to release a prisoner known only as “Doomsday” and sets the movie up immediately for a sequel following a quick glimpse of the baddest villain in the DC universe. Prepare to be rocked is all I have to say.
There’s a number of factors here that could work. If there is one thing that the Green Lantern film got right, it was to establish that there could easily be more than one Green Lantern. John Stewart could easily fill a gap that most likely won’t see the return of Ryan Reynold’s Hal Jordan. Which would make me happy. Is Idris Elba available to be awesome as usual?
And using Henry Cavill as Superman just makes perfect sense. Much like all Hollywood actors currently wearing their underwear on the outside, he has more than likely signed a multiple motion picture deal, so problem solved. And with Batman still being relevant after the end of The Dark Knight Rises, you could get away with sticking a new actor in the batsuit. And audiences will accept that.
I’m not too crazy on a movie that features a B-string rogues gallery, but if Christopher Nolan could make Bane a viable threat, I’ll give the producers behind this flick a chance.