Marvel vs. DC: Is ‘Justice League’ “a Good Way to Lose $200 Million”?
Now that Marvel is on a roll, churning out plans for their upcoming slate of superhero movies like ‘The Avengers‘ sequels and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ it’s about time the DC universe responded with their own version of an elite, superpowered team, ‘Justice League.’ While fans are dying to see this plan come to fruition, however, there’s still the core question of can this be as successful as, say, ‘The Avengers’? If you ask Marvel’s creative consultant Mark Millar, that answer is a resounding no!
Millar, who Marvel brought on as a creative consultant for their 20th Century Fox properties (‘X-Men,’ ‘Fantastic Four,’ ‘Daredevil,’ etc.), knows a thing or two about adapting comic book stories for the big screen, and he had some choice words regarding plans for the ‘Justice League’ movie.
“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date,” he said in an interview with SciFi Now. Though, his real problem, he said, lies with the “logistics” of bringing to life each member of the Justice League on the screen.
On The Green Lantern:
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.
On The Flash:
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.
You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky – the best one is definitely Aquaman. Aquaman can’t even talk under water. If you think about it in comics it’s fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna [be] talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms?
In defense of Millar, who, like previously mentioned, is a fan of these DC heroes, he’s probably speaking from a good place. A ‘Justice League’ movie should be something that satisfies most fans of these comic book heroes, and based on the “actual logistics” of bringing each of these heroes to life, Millar overall believes it’s “an excellent way of losing $200 million.”
What do you think? Do you think it’s possible for DC to pull off a ‘Justice League’ movie? Give us your theories in the comments.