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UPDATED: WB bringing us THE JUSTICE LEAGUE come 2013?

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 29th, 2011

UPDATE: I'll be damned. Hero Complex today confirmed that indeed, 2013 is the intended date, and that WB will be rebooting the Batman franchise after Nolan's final film. Nolan will serve as producer on the film. Thoughts?

While this may not ultimately be the case (remember, the last attempt at this project died a rather long and painful death), WB has just revealed, in a way, something quite compelling.

Following the departure of one Alan Horn, the LA Times has released a look at Jeff Rubinov, the brand new president of the aforementioned mega-studio, and while it is truthfully quite a short (but very insightful) profile on the hugely powerful studio head (even looking at things like his battle with director David Fincher during films like ZODIAC and BENJAMIN BUTTON), it also has something interesting to say for the studio’s post DARK KNIGHT RISES plans.

According to the article, only one previously unannounced film was mentioned, being the long-talked about JUSTICE LEAGUE project which, according to the piece, is slated for 2013.

At this point, this feels very much like conjecture (as it doesn’t truly mention anything like the studio’s FLASH project, or subsequent GREEN LANTERN sequel), it does speak to something quite interesting. While Marvel has their plans for their future relatively in stone, it doesn’t appear to be the case over at DC/WB. Christopher Nolan is more than likely (and by that I mean all but 100%) done with Batman post-TDKR, as will be the cast, so could WB be looking to use films like GREEN LANTERN or SUPERMAN as a possible launching pad for THE JUSTIC LEAGUE? Remember, the studio was the first to really jump on the Armie Hammer bandwagon, giving him the gig of Batman in their JUSTICE LEAGUE: MORTAL project.

Personally, I think this has almost no chance of happening by 2013, but if they can somehow nab the Superman rights after they revert back to the Siegel and Shuster heirs (and boy, that’s going to be one hell of a bidding war), I wouldn’t be shocked if by say, 2015, JUSTICE LEAGUE would hit. But not 2013. Not a chance in hell.

Hopefully , though, it will ultimately happen. Given the right creative team (Nolan appears to be interested in producing films over at WB), I really think that a JUSTICE LEAGUE picture could really work. Reading the piece, it sounds just randomly tossed in there, but  I think there may be something to this, just not as soon as this piece would have you think, for a cavalcade of reasons.

What do you think?

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