SuperHeroHype is reporting that Warner Bros. has started preliminary work on a Justice League film. This is great news to fanboys and fangirls around the world (myself included) but now the debates begin—who should be in the film? SuperHeroHype also put together a list of the 11 Characters We Want to See in the Justice League Movie. All of the usual suspects are included along with some suggestions for actors. They picked Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and Steve Trevor for the heroes. Overall I think this is a pretty good list, but instead of Steve Trevor I’d use Maxwell Lord as the Nick Fury-esque character (which would perfectly set the stage for Lord to become a villain in the future, plus I’d keep Nathan Fillion to play the character instead of Trevor). Overall I liked their ideas for actors to play the various parts (especially Rhone Mitra as Wonder Woman) but I’d cast Bradley Cooper as Barry Allen/The Flash instead of Michael Fassbender (though he could do a good job as Barry). But it all depends on which version of the JLA they decide to go with.
There are three basic choices for origin: the traditional origin, the New 52 origin, or a mixture of the two. In a way I think that using the New 52 origin would be the best idea to use. It’s the latest incarnation and developed by comic genius Geoff Johns, so you know the story is good. It’s a lean team including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. Starting the team off small would be good for a number of reasons, but if nothing else just look at The Avengers—that film focused on a small core team and was a huge success. If they go with the New 52 origin that would perfectly fit in with the new Man of Steel film in which they are using the new Superman costume and would provide an excellent jumping off point much like Iron Man did for The Avengers. The other advantage in using the New 52 origin is that it will make it easier for fans to transition to reading the comics after having seen the film. Another plus to using the New 52 origin is the villain—Darkseid.
Now I for one think that Darkseid should be the villain in the second or third film (with a cameo in the first) but that could be seen as mimicking The Avengers’ Thanos cameo. If the film used an amalgamation of the previous origins then another villain could be used but Darkseid is a great choice. Newsarama put together a list of the 10 Greatest Justice League Villains of All Time which included the Secret Society of Super Villains, Despero, White Martians, Prometheus, the Injustice League, Amazo, the Anti-Monitor, Starro, the Crime Syndicate of America, and Darkseid. A lot of these options would need too much back story to cover in a JLA origin film, which leaves Darkseid and Starro as the best options (who just so happen to be the villains from the New 52 and traditional origins respectfully). Overall I think Darkseid would be the best option since he poses the kind of threat that would cause the heroes to band together. On a releated villains’ note, the DC Comics Database has a great listing of all of the Justice League villains.
So now it’s up to DC and Warner Bros. to put together a descent film, which is sadly a tall order. Hopefully they’ll hire someone along the lines of a Joss Whedon to direct the picture because in order for this to work they need people that know and respect these characters the way that Whedon did with The Avengers or the way that Peter Jackson did with The Lord of the Rings. Otherwise the Justice League movie could turn out to be a huge disappointment and joke.