The ‘Justice League’ Problem: Does Damon Lindelof Have the Solution?
Whatever the “Justice League problem” means to you, Lord knows there is one. Warner Bros. was originally set on the idea of bringing this team of DC heroes to the big screen, but has since faltered and are now relying on whether the upcoming ‘Man of Steel‘ succeeds or not to make that decision for them. Still there are many concerns from fans and execs alike about realizing this particular set of characters, but could one of the top working writers of the day, Damon Lindelof, have a solution?
Lindelof has a huge body of work as both a writer and producer — ‘LOST,’ ‘Prometheus,’ ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ the upcoming ‘World War Z,’ and the list goes on — so one might want to pick his brain on the best way to go about bringing the ‘Justice League’ movie to fruition. That’s what The Hollywood Reporter did.
In a massive interview with Lindelof (which is definitely worth your time), THR asked him about what they call the “Justice League problem.” In our minds that refers to many of the previously voiced concerns of adaptation logistics, casting, writing a good script, etc. But none of that is the real problem as far as Lindelof is concerned. Here’s what he had to say:
The ‘Justice League’ problem? I think a lot of that depends on ‘Man of Steel.’ The ‘Justice League’ problem is not a problem of, who is the bad guy that Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, Superman, whoever you decide to pit them against. The problem is: What’s the tone of that movie? They’ve been struggling with launching their own tone. The tone of ‘Green Lantern’ is very different from the tone of ‘The Dark Knight.’ They clearly inhabit two entirely different worlds. You want to feel like someone is establishing a world where the Justice League can exist, maybe ‘Man of Steel’ is that movie. If ‘Man of Steel’ works, and it’s great, I think it starts to make sense where Paradise Island is in that world. Because that’s an entirely different world than the one Christopher Nolan introduced.
We’ll all find out for ourselves what Warner Bros.’ new stance will be after ‘Man of Steel’ hits theaters this June 14. But in the meantime, do you agree with Lindelof? What do you think the “Justice League problem” is and how can it be mended? Sound off in the comments.