The studio is expected to accelerate development of a planned “Justice League” movie that would join Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and other characters, according to a knowledgeable person not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Warner hopes to shoot the film next year and release it in the summer of 2015. The studio already has a “Justice League” script in the works. Next it needs to attach a director and then cast the lead roles.
A Justice League movie helmed by George Miller was once in pre-production before the Writer’s Guild strike felled the project (perhaps thankfully) and there have been other attempts at filming it, including an atrocious TV pilot in the ’90s. According to the Times, WB tried to get Christopher Nolan to helm the franchise, but he turned it down.
Warners’ plan is to use the JLA movie to spin off franchises for the various heroes, such as, one guesses, Wonder Woman and, maybe a revamped Green Lantern. This is in opposition to the Marvel plan of uniting all the heroes in one big frothy tentpole.
The Shuster decision is expected to be appealed, but clearly Warners chugged a lot of champagne after they got the results yesterday. And it might be a comfort to some that the legal efforts of the Siegel and Shuster families held up the big corporation for as long as they did.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.