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.
Talking 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I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date.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.
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.