After more than four years of delays and a revolving door of associated players, Warner Bros have set the release of the Justice League movie for 2015.
DC comics stalwarts - including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman - will join forces and do battle with the forces of evil, while the movie itself will go head-to-head with Marvel’s second superhero ensemble outing, The Avengers 2, billed to arrive on 1 May 2015.
Warner are claiming to be moving full-steam ahead with the project, but very little is clear about what the Justice League will be like, or, for that matter, who’s actually involved.
The search for a director has been long and meandering.
In 2008, Mad Max-helmsman George Miller was firmly attached to the project, and had even brought in Hugh Keays-Byrne (best known as Toecutter in Mad Max) to play the evil Martian Manhunter. But after battles with striking writers and the difficulty of shooting in his native Australia, Miller eventually pulled out at the end of 2008.
Since then, Ben Affleck and Christopher Nolan have deflected rumours that they would take his place, while Matrix masterminds the Wachowskis are still, supposedly, in the running.
A definitive cast list also continues to elude JL fans.
At first, the line-up looked to include Adam Brody as The Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and Common as The Green Lantern, but upon his departure Miller suggested execs were now in search of bigger stars".
Will these bigger stars come in the form of those who have recently played DC heroes in individual adaps? Perhaps not: Henry Cavill will play Superman in Man Of Steel, arriving on 13 June 2013, but whether he’ll reprise the role in JL remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Joseph Gordon-Levitt - set up as the successor to Christian Bale’s Batman at the end of The Dark Knight Rises - has since denied rumours that he will don the batsuit.
Warner definitely has their work cut out for them, and you can read our own humble advice to the fledgling production here. All the same, we’re very excited. What self-respecting geek isn’t salivating like a Pavlovian mutt at the prospect of all those multi-coloured capes flying in the wind of the same movie?
Justice League will be released in the UK in 2015.
Do you reckon Warner will pull it off? Will it be worth the wait? And, most pressing of all, who will prevail in the Marvel vs. DC box office grudge match?
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