The merry-go-round continues spinning as Warner Bros. searches for a director to bring their DC Comics property, “Justice League,” to life. Recently, the big name on the board was Ben Affleck, but his representatives shot those rumors down. Affleck recently said “Justice League” sounded exciting, but he was not working on it. Now, the Huffington Post reports that Warner Bros. is turning to the Wachowski siblings as possible directors.
The Wachowski siblings
Andy and Lana Wachowski remain best known for directing the groundbreaking sci-fi movie, “The Matrix.” The Wachowski brothers took the world by storm, becoming the most sought after directors in Hollywood thanks to the trendsetting movie. They also made their name by introducing “bullet effects” to Hollywood action movies. They followed “The Matrix” up with two sequels, neither critically acclaimed, and drifted off the radar.
Since then, Larry became Lana and the siblings only released one other feature, the live-action adaptation to the classic “Speed Racer” cartoon. They also produced comic book adaptation “V for Vendetta” and have a new movie hitting theaters in October 2012 called “Cloud Atlas,” starring Tom Hanks.
It was early looks at “Cloud Atlas,” another Warner Bros. property, which brought them into the conversation for “Justice League.”
“The Justice League”
The word on “Justice League” is that the big time heroes will play into the movie. That means Batman will remain part of the action, as will Superman and Green Lantern. Christian Bale already said that, when Christopher Nolan quit making “Dark Knight” movies, he would also be finished playing Batman. That means a new actor will star as Batman in “Justice League,” which might be dangerous this soon after “Dark Knight Rises” concludes. Then again, they could keep Batman’s mask on in the movie, allowing them to use anyone in the role.
Harder to get around is Superman. Henry Cavill plays Superman in the 2013 blockbuster “Man of Steel,” and there is no way they can recast Superman that soon after he appears in his own movie. One has to hope Cavill has a multi-picture deal that can include “Justice League,” since both movie franchises are Warner Bros. properties.
Ryan Reynolds returning as Green Lantern is a long shot. While it was not the actors fault, “Green Lantern” was a critical flop. The failure was more because of a convoluted story. However, Reynolds is a major movie star and getting him signed on to “Justice League” might be too much to ask.
The other characters are easier. Wonder Woman has not been seen in years onscreen, so anyone could play her. The Flash is a character that has been in the pipe line for his own movie for ages, so this gives Warner Bros. a chance to find someone to play him that can then move on to the solo movie adventure. Outside of that, there is no telling who the other members would be.
If the movie follows new DC 52 stories, Cyborg and Aquaman would fill out the roster. Heading back to classic lineups, you could expect Martian Manhunter and possibly Green Arrow, to help tie in with the new TV show. The first thing that Warner Bros. needs is a director, and if the Wachowski siblings sign on, a “Justice League” movie could hit theaters by 2014.
Whether it matches up to Marvel Film’s “The Avengers” is another story.