Debuting its second episode tonight, 'Arrow' certainly has its work cut out for it in proving the show's sustainability beyond its bullseye pilot. In particular, 'Arrow's' "Honor Thy Father" will introduce the first external DC character into the mix, Kelly Hu's "China White," the first of many DC characters we've heard about in recent months. But the larger question remains, just how big are 'Arrow's' executive producers willing to go with their DC adaptations? Does a "no powers" rule preclude the characters from even existing?
The planned 'Justice League' movie has been in a state of constant fluctuation on both the casting and director fronts. It felt like as soon as George Miller got the job helming the project, he just as quickly lost it shortly after news of his lead actor picks came out. While Warner Bros. is still shopping around for the right person to lead the 'Justice League' team, they might at least have gotten one step closer to deciding who should follow in Christian Bale's footsteps as Batman.
The popular thought on the 'Justice League' movie being planned at Warner Bros. was that the studio would structure it much like how Marvel went about building 'The Avengers.' Introduce the characters through standalone films, then combine them for one super superhero film. But perhaps that's not how Warner Bros. is planning 'Justice League' after all. According to one report, the 'Justice League' movie could have nothing to do with 'Man of Steel' or the planned 'Batman' reboot.
'Justice League' is heating up in a big way at Warner Bros. Rumors have it that the studio wants the film in theaters in 2015 (where it would compete with 'The Avengers 2') and that the movie will reboot Batman before the new 'Dark Knight' trilogy begins. But who will direct 'Justice League?' Ben Affleck formally turned down the offer and the Wachowskis are rumored but today we may have two new candidates. And they make not make you very happy.
Warner Bros. has a sticky situation on their hands when it comes to Batman. The Christopher Nolan trilogy has just ended, satisfying (for the most part) the fanboy community, and the moviegoing public at large, as the definitive take on the Caped Crusader. And while on the surface it would seem crazy to even think about reinventing the character all over again less than a month after 'The Dark Knight Rises' the simple fact is: Batman = money. No Batman = less money. And the studio cares about money, so they're going to reboot the character, sooner rather than later.
So it goes that the time to do that is with the 'Justice League' movie Warner Bros. is actively preparing.
Sometimes, a simple meeting between a studio and a director can spiral out of control and practically become fact overnight. This was the case with the "Ben Affleck May Be Directing 'Justice League'"! stories that arrived a few weeks back. The story has cooled off since then, but today, Mr. Affleck himself has put an end to any future internet scuttlebutting: he is not directing the film.
It's never overkill to reiterate for the thousandth time that Christopher Nolan will not be directing the 'Justice League' movie. No matter how many rumors circulate the Webosphere or how many times fans cry out for a savior to come a save this project, it doesn't change the fact he threw in the towel after 'The Dark Knight Rises.' So, that means there's an opening.
We thought it was a little weird that 'Justice League,' the movie being referred to as "'The Avengers' of DC Comics," would be helmed by the actor/director known as 'Daredevil' Ben Affleck. Now it looks like we all may have been a little too hasty to place the man formerly known as 'Gigli' in this gig. (Side bar: yeah, we'll never let him live 'Gigli' down.)