Mark Millar discusses the problems of a Justice League movie

Says the superhero team-up could be ‘an excellent way of losing $200m’

Mark Millar has shared his opinion on Warner Bros' movie version of Justice League, citing outdated characters and mismatched superpowers as potential downfalls.

Justice League will effectively be the DC Comics equivalent of The Avengers, uniting the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern against a (presumably huge) big bad.

“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date,” Millar said, in an interview with SciFiNow. “The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time.

“Now the stuff I grew up with… I adored the DC stuff growing up but really, how do you do a movie about Green Lantern? His power is that he manifests green plasma from his imagination and uses them as weapons against someone? Even that in itself if you just imagine then watching a fight scene with a guy who’s like a hundred feet away making plasma manifestations fight someone - it’s not exactly raucous, getting up close and personal.”

Millar went on to highlight similar logical problems with The Flash and Aquaman, before concluding, “The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200m.”

The superhero team-up, which failed to launch when George Miller was attached as a director in 2008, will have its work cut out reconciling the powers of invincible extra-terrestrial Kal-El and resourceful (and very, very rich) playboy Bruce Wayne.

But, as Marvel managed to get Thor and Tony Stark existing in the same cinematic universe, it’s not an impossible task (although it might require some major character reinvention).

Justice League is expected to open in 2013.

Do you agree with Millar’s Justice League comments? Drop a comment below…


    • Eggman72

      Feb 7th 2013, 17:38

      LOL set to launch in 2013 ??? wtfk ??? dont you mean 2015....

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    • willmccabe

      Feb 7th 2013, 17:40

      pah! it can be done.

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    • dangoodfellow

      Feb 7th 2013, 17:41

      KAPOW! BAM! THWACK! The sound of Mark Millar taking out the weaker competition in the superhero movie wars. i don't really get behind the argument though, hollywood exists because of its ability to sell make believe characters and events. it's only the tone and skill of the story teller that really define whether a movie does or doesn't suceed from a narrative point of view, and even then there have been enough non sensical stinkers that made a lot of money('cough' titans'cough').It seemed to me that the failure of the non dark Knight recent DC movies was a lack of confidence in the source material. as the Avengers success with twice dud Hulk showed us, it's about having a strong high quality approach that makes the difference. superman, batman , wonderwoman, the flash and green lantern have worked well together in the same stories for a loooong time. If i were mark Millar i'd be more worried about how he can convince us to get behind the idea of a man who stretches and calls himself Mr Fantastic.

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    • FBAPedersen

      Feb 7th 2013, 17:51

      I totally agree with Millar on this, in fact I wrote almost the same thing here some weeks ago. The characters are naff, and have always been mismatched when put together. If they spend another 10 years setting it up by re-inventing the characters on screen like Marvel did, then maybe they have a chance.

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    • AlfredsDream098

      Feb 7th 2013, 19:17

      I really do agree with Millar.

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    • RAClements

      Feb 7th 2013, 21:42

      Yeah, not like all those bang up to date Marvel characters he's working with... I mean, the X-Men are mere whippersnappers at 50 years old...

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    • andywards

      Feb 8th 2013, 3:30

      Mark Millar is full of s**t. Only a couple of months ago he was going on about his 'chum' who had read an early draft of Will Beall's JL script. He was gloating on how good it was going to be. Now he's a Marvel Consultant and thinks he has a mandate to let his mouth flap. He has always been, and always will be, the boy who keeps crying Wolf...

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    • Ali1748

      Feb 8th 2013, 12:28

      And the characters from Marvel were created roughly round about the same time and yet they seem to work.

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    • FBJRider

      Feb 9th 2013, 4:22

      The Justice League characters are much more powerful than the Avengers though. The Avengers have flaws they aren't all powerful. Superman can only be beaten by kryptonite so that means whoever the enemy is needs access to it. Green Lantern's only limit is his imagination, if he has a good enough imagination he can do anything. The Flash is THE fastest thing on the planet. Aquaman is only useful if they're in the sea. Wonder Woman is one of the strongest characters in the DC universe, she's basically a watered down Superman and then Batman is just a normal guy, if you look at Batman in the Dark Knight Rises he almost gets killed by Bane, if the bad guy(s) in JL are strong enough to go up against Superman etc. how will Batman stand any sort of chance? The comics and cartoons have ways of getting around these problems but none of them would work in a film.

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    • alexluthor

      Feb 9th 2013, 18:11

      @ FBJRider So in other words, you don`t understand the JLA at all.

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