Mark Millar Thinks the Justice League Movie is a $200 Million Bad Idea

Mark Millar

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If all goes well, Warner Bros. and their D.C. partners hope to have a “Justice League” movie, their answer to Joss Whedon and Marvel’s “The Avengers”, up and running by 2014 for a 2015 release. That would, of course, pit the JL against the Avengers for Summer supremacy and your hard-earned bucks. Or not-so-hard-earned for you jobless rugrats out there.

But if D.C./Warner had asked Mark Millar, prolific comic book writer, bon vivant, and 20th Century Fox’s recently hired creative consultant on all things superheroes, he would have told them to shelve it. And, uh, not touch it. Or something. Okay, so Millar doesn’t really give an actual alternative way to approach a “Justice League” movie (hey, it’s not like they’re paying him), but he does think it’s a pretty bad idea. And as with most things involving Millar, the Scottish comic book writer didn’t hold back.

Green Lantern Comic BookTalking to the UK’s Scifinow, Millar had this to way about D.C.’s superhero characters:

I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date. The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time.

In particular, he seems to have issues with Green Lantern and The Flash:

Now the stuff I grew up with… I adored the DC stuff growing up but really, how do you do a movie about Green Lantern, his power is that he manifests green plasma from his imagination and uses them as weapons against someone? Even that in itself if you just imagine then watching a fight scene with a guy who’s like a hundred feet away making plasma manifestations fight someone – it’s not exactly raucous, getting up close and personal. The Flash has door handles on the side of his mask and if he doesn’t wear that mask, I’ll be pissed off, you know what I mean? They’re in a weird, weird situation – if you’ve got a guy who moves at the speed of light up against the Weather Wizard and Captain Cold or whatever, then your movie’s over in two seconds.

Aquaman Comic BookHe also chimes in on Aquaman and that whole talking under water issue, then caps the whole thing off with this prediction:

The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million.

Now he makes some good points, though nitpicking the characters probably isn’t the way to go. After all, these guys have been around for decades, and I’m sure plenty of writers have done plenty of things to make them cooler. See Batman, essentially a guy in a bat suit. And it certainly looks like Zack Snyder has done Superman right in the upcoming “Man of Steel.”

It’s not impossible to make a great movie about Green Lantern, The Flash, or Aquaman. You just a need a combination of visionary director with a plan and an approach that works.

And as for Mark Millar, well, he’s Mark Millar. Surely 20th Century Fox knew what they were getting when they hired him, right? Well, they know now.

Justice League by Alex Ross

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    since he doesn’t like the idea of a JUSTICE LEAGUE movie, then why in the hell’s he complaing!?!

  • Online72

    If the Avengers can work so can the JLA. The point is sure you have to be able to put logic aside and, just sit back and enjoy a great story. Personally, I would love to see it set in the late ’30s with the JSA. Depending on how that goes you move on to the cold war and JLA.

    If I can enjoy Hobbits on the screen I can get behind this.

    Personally, I like comic movies set in the past. There is just too much technology today to believe you could get away with a secret identity. Otherwise, just sit back……

  • CapivarUmanis

    Justice League plot revealed

    With the battle between the Kryptonians, the god of war, Ares, wakes up from his sleep induced by other gods – who could not handle his eternal thirst for blood – as a result of violence released in battle. Meanwhile Wonder Woman is in the world of men, because she needed to return an airman who fell on his island (as happened in the first story). With the absence of WW, Ares defeat all Amazons. With his private army of dead warriors, he invades the land of men. Superman and WW join the Batman, Green Lantern and the Flash to stop the god

  • ErickKwon

    Yeah, and Millar is the guy who thought “Civil War” and “Wanted” were good ideas, so fuck him up his haggis-flavored ass. Not to say a “JLA” movie will kick-ass; it could end up failing horribly, but the idea in and of itself isn’t doomed. And with some substitutions, his complaints could easily apply to “The Avengers” as well.

  • Richard B. Riddick

    Hollywood has proven that time after time, they just cant make superheroes good, look at what we really have as good superhero movies – The Avengers, 2 Batmans, Thor, and an Iron Man movie – This is what has been the most popular and it doesnt stack in D.C.’s favor. I believe that The Justice League is doomed because the writers they have (and im looking at the FOUR writer they had on G.L.) just don’t have the heart. They don’t know the balance between faithfulness to the comics and a good blockbuster. They should go talk to Bruce Timm….

  • Danmillion99

    What a ridiculous thing to say, anything in the right hands can work, look at Captain America, even the Avengers, in the wrong hands, could have been awful! This is just silly.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    I kinda agree with his second statement. Look at the powers of the members of the JLA, that’s a huge amount of money being spent just to make it look believable. But the main reason why I think it’s doomed to fail is because they are throwing together a bunch of characters that a lot of people care about, with actors that we might not care about and only later building their rep. If they took their time and built the world brick for brick like marvel did I’d get behind it.

  • Dedpool

    It’s funny but all you guys are kind of missing the point, For all intents and purposes he’s kinda right. I mean DC/WB has failed to get stuff off the ground time and time again. And it wasn’t until Nolan came along that people had faith in DC characters again. That said that approach would have to change for a JL movie. I agree his comments about GL and Flash were off (the effects and action, what little we got in GL were just as I’d imagined them to be) but the whole budget thing is correct. This is something that should be done, but approached carefully and thoughtfully. I mean look at DC/WB track record with characters for both TV and Film. Other than Smallville, The Dark Knight trilogy, and Arrow, they’ve tanked. Their animated stuff is good, so I really don’t know why they don’t take a page from there for their live-action endeavors.