By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 30, 2011 at 9:56AM
Filmmaker Says Batman & Superman WILL Appear In New 'JLA' Film
Newly installed as the head of Warner Bros., Jeff Robinov has wasted no time in getting the studio's priorities straight for the next few years and they plan on diving head first into the comic properties they have, and no wonder. With Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" marking the end of a chapter (though he will produce the eventual reboot), WB already has "Green Lantern" hitting this summer, with "The Flash" and "Wonder Woman" films in development. But perhaps the biggest news to emerge in the last few days is that a "Justice League" movie is in the works to hit screens in 2013 -- just a year after Zack Snyder and Nolan bow their Superman and Batman films. It's an ambitious move with a lot of questions still to be answered. But Snyder has cleared up the biggest query around the film so far: it will be separate from the worlds he and Nolan will have created.
Speaking with HeyUGuys on the red carpet for "Sucker Punch" in the UK he said, "Like what Chris Nolan is doing and what I’m doing with Superman, what they’ll do with Justice League will be its own thing with its own Batman and own Superman. We’ll be over here with our movie and they’ll kinda get to do it twice which is kinda cool."
Pretty savvy move on WB's part, respecting the visions of their helmers while still finding a way to get more adventures of Superman, Batman and the rest of the Justice League team on screen. We suppose this now means there will be casting rumors for the next little while until this thing gets locked down (cue up everyone who ever tried out for both films) and if we had any worry, it might be an over-saturation of the crime fighters. At the very least, audiences will have very high standards for what follows both Nolan and Snyder's films.
As everyone knows by now, one of the great, almost-happened-but-didn't franchise movies was George Miller's "Justice League" which had among its cast Armie Hammer (as Batman), Adam Brody as The Flash, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, rapper Common as John Stewart/Green Lantern, and Australian supermodel Megan Gale as Wonder Woman. But just before it was set to begin filming the writer's strike arrived killing the planned polishes on the script and eventually wound up shuttering the film for good.
This is WB's second stab at the apple and comic fans will be scrutinizing every move. Christopher Nolan can't godfather everything at the studio, but hopefully they'll learn from his approach (smart, character driven scripts that also deliver the blockbuster bang people want). "Justice League" is planned to hit theaters sometime in 2013.