The Wachowskis are Possible Contenders to Direct Justice League Movie

Lana and Andy Wachowski

“Speed Racer” notwithstanding, the Wachowskis (nee the Wachowski Brothers), have everything it takes to direct a big-budget studio Hollywood comic book movie. Hell, “The Matrix” films were essentially a comic book movie come to life, with their artificial intelligence machines, superpowered humans, battling mechs and what have you.

Among the people being considered (Ben Affleck, for one, but he’s since said he’s not interested), Moviehole quotes unnamed sources as telling them that Warner Bros. has the Wachowskis as the next names on their list. Apparently the studio is very “jazzed” with what the Wachowskis did with “Cloud Atlas”, their highly ambitious, visually stunning looking film set for later this year.

Warner Bros. LogoI always thought Warner’s decision to go to Ben Affleck first was kind of odd. Granted, Affleck’s got a couple of good films under his belt, but he’s done nothing that would lead me to believe he could handle something as massive on the scale of a Justice League movie. Seems like Warner was going a bit Marvel there, the rival studio basically specializing in hiring out of left field names to helm their big-budget movies.

Still, a “Justice League” movie as directed by the Wachowskis? That sounds like a pretty damn impressive film if it does happen. The marketing would be a no-brainer … “From the makers of ‘The Matrix’…” etc.

Of course, whether they say Yes or No, is open to debate. They’ve done comic book before (they wrote and produced “V for Vendetta”), but you could say that, childhood fave “Speed Racer” aside, the siblings have always been a little subversive in their works, and I’m not sure a straight-up superhero team-up movie like “Justice League” would really be something of interest to them.

So, I’m going to go out on a limb and say they pass on this. Who’s next?

Justice League Comic Book



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  • X_p

    im not buying it and honestly i hope the wachowskyies say no or get passed over. the honestly have one real good movie and thats the matrix, speed raced sucked and have the done anything else? ben afleck was a terrible idea too. theyre trying to create news with the director when in fact they should be thinking what direction to get on first. we havent even seen superman, and green lantern sucked balls too so they have even more work to do cus they gotta get us to forget these bad flicks first. hiring the wachowskyies is just to grab headlines…

    • Juggernaut

      Will they be able to do a JL film? Who knows. However, just to grab headlines or not, adding the Wachowskis to the project would give it big name notoriety and a bit of exitement to the film.
      Say what you will about the Wachowskis’ track record, the fact is that they created a phenomenon with The Matrix series. While the sequels were a bit lackluster and the entire franchise had lost its steam through the years it was still one of the most groundbreaking movies in recent history.
      I also think that while Affleck wasn’t the most obvious of choices he would have been able to bring a grounded, character driven feel to the film. Plus he has the possible heavyweights like his old buddy Matt Damon at his disposal and could seek some input from friend and comic auteur Kevin Smith. It would have been a much different superhero movie than we’ve ever seen to say the least.

      • X_p

        oh my god!!!! no more kevin smith near anything comic book or film cameras please hahaha

        well ya the wachowskies are at least imaginative and ya they did give us the matrix which i still love to death and the sequels are in my wack/tight category. the reason why i say theyre trying to grab headlines is cus arent the wachowskieys a better choice from the get go? imo they shoulda asked them first and not had ben say no. cus thats whats making them look as if theyre reaching for hollywood heat instead of actually trying to make a jla feature.

  • Urizen

    Aren’t the Wachowskis all set to direct “Jupiter Ascending” after Cloud Atlas comes out? I’m more interested in seeing them write an orignal movie instead of doing something like Justice League. I agree that this might be a little too “straight” for the duo. Even Speed Racer featured heavy anti-corporate themes. “Justice League” would probably leave them with less creative freedom even compared to other superhero franchises. I’m reminded of something Whedon said about how he had to consciously avoid “putting too much of himself” into The Avengers.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    The Wachowskis gave us the coolest Superman and Dragonball Z moments on film with the Second and Third Matrix films, so I think action and visual wise they’d rock a JL film. That said i’m not too sure I’d want them on it. I disagree about Speed Racer, as to me it was exactly what it was, a fun entertaining homage to an oldschool anime.

    As for the whole Kevin Smith angle I’m still mad they didn’t go with his Green Hornet. THAT would’ve been badass!

    • Juggernaut

      What was Smith’s GH treatment?

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        What basically made it into the modern comics from Dynamite Entertainment.
        From Wiki : In March 2009, Dynamite Entertainment announced it had acquired the license to produce Green Hornet comic books.[16] Its first release was a miniseries written by Kevin Smith.[17][18] Revamped in 2010 as an ongoing series set in modern times, the new Green Hornet stars Britt Reid, Jr., the rebellious and spoiled son of Britt Reid, Sr., now a retired industrial and family man. When Britt Sr. is slain by the Black Hornet, a yakuza mobster whose family was shamed by the original Green Hornet, the aging but still fit Kato returns. With his daughter, Mulan Kato, who has taken over the costumed identity of her father, he brings Britt Jr. to China for training and safekeeping as he becomes the new Green Hornet.

        • X_p

          no more smith please! hahaha did you see ‘cop out” i didnt and couldnt sit through it and now all he does is badmouth bruce about it. that dood needs to just disappear off the radar like yesterday! haha

        • Juggernaut

          That sounds pretty cool. I smell a sequel to the Seth Rogen film! LOL

    • LSB

      I agree with the whole visual thing that they can bring to JL. With that said I not sure they are the right choset for the gig, I would rather see JJ Abrams tackle the directing gig and have him as a co writer. And co producer with Zack and Debrah Synider along with Bruce Timm. Boy I can dream can I? LOL!!!!