With the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios raised the bar not just for comic book movies but for comic book movie universes. The project’s success sent Fox and Warner Bros. scrambling to get their own superhero stables in order, and Fox set Mark Millar to oversee its Marvel properties and WB began working toward an Avengers-style Justice League teamup. But Millar isn’t so sure that his competitors over at WB know what they’re doing.

In a new interview, Millar blasts the entire idea of a Justice League adaptation as “an excellent way of losing $200 million,” thanks to the “disastrous” logistics of team members like Green Lantern, Aquaman, and The Flash, not to mention the fact that all of the characters have been around for decades. Apparently he’s had quite the change of heart since last summer, when he gushed that he’d heard Will Beall‘s script was “dark and mature.” Hit the jump to read his comments.

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On paper, a Justice League movie sounds like a fantastic idea. The Marvel Cinematic universe proved that a cohesive superhero universe could earn high critical praise and staggering box office grosses, and the core members of the Justice League are arguably even more famous and beloved than those who make up the Avengers. Done well, it’s a project that could conceivably blow The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises out of the water.

In practice, however, it may be a different story. Though a few details have leaked out here and there, Will Beall‘s script is cloaked in mystery for the moment. Now some worrying reports indicate we may never get to see it come to life at all. According to anonymous insiders, WB has soured on Beall’s take and could be bringing in new writers to start fresh. Hit the jump to read more.

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Latino Review just dropped another juicy piece of information about Warner Bros. Justice League. The film still doesn’t have a director, a green light, or a set release date, but it does have a villain and, now we know who the five stars will be: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Flash. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Welcome to the first Superhero Bits of 2013! Want to read a possible roster for Justice League? How is Joe Carnanan‘s Nemesis coming along? Does Marc Webb have some Amazing Spider-Man regrets? Is Alan Taylor doing something different with Thor: The Dark World? Where can you see dozens and dozens of Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight Rises storyboards? Why is a Pixar animator creating a new superhero every single day? Was that Superman flying along the California coast? Does Arnold Schwarzenegger regret doing Batman and Robin? What are the best graphic novels of 2012? Read about all of this and more in the new year return of Superhero Bits! Read More »

The problem with a superhero team-up movie is you need a believable reason to have such varied characters together on screen. Humans, aliens, gods, mortals, rich, poor, trained, enhanced, it’s almost as if every single superhero belongs in their own box. The way Marvel was able to make The Avengers mash-up believable was build it up with several hours of backstory, in the form of five movies. If the latest DC rumor is true, they’re going the opposite way and just adapting a huge story.

Will Beall has been writing a Justice League movie, possibly aimed at a 2015 release, that would bring together heroes that might include Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern. Jumping right into something that massive would take an equally massive storyline and now, we might know what that is. After the jump, read which comic book arc Beale is basing his Justice League story on. Read More »

Back in June, comic fans began salivating at the actual possibility of a Justice League movie. The idea of teaming DC superheroes had been rattling around Hollywood for years but after Marvel’s The Avengers started setting all kinds of box office records, Warner Bros. finally decided to get things in order. Screenwriter Will Beall was revealed to be working a new version of the DC superhero mega film. Since then, speculation, rumors and some legal red-tape have been the only real updates about Justice League, which may or may not tie into Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.

Either way, the gang over at Latino Review now have what they believe is an actual piece of news about the story of the film. Not the film itself mind you. There’s still no green light, director, release date (though Summer of 2015 is being eyed) or actors attached (though plenty have ideas). This news is about the character that, if the film happens, could be strong enough, important enough and evil enough to force the likes of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash and others to team up against them.

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When a recent rumor cropped up that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been tapped to play the new Batman in Justice League, it seemed like a logical narrative extension of The Dark Knight Rises. The end of the film set up Gordon-Levitt’s John Blake as a successor to Bruce Wayne, so it only made sense that the character would carry over into Warner Bros.’ efforts at a DC cinematic universe.

However, Nolan says that was never really his intention — that he left the door open on his way out of Gotham for thematic reasons, not for studio franchise purposes. In a thoughtful new interview, Nolan discussed why, exactly, The Dark Knight Rises ended as it did and what the Batman meant to him. Hit the jump to read on.

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(Spoilers for The Dark Knight Rises follow.)

Christian Bale may have completed his arc as Batman with The Dark Knight Rises, but the ending of the trilogy left the door open for Joseph Gordon-Levitt to take over as the Caped Crusader. Now, it looks like that’s exactly what’s about to happen.

A new report indicates that Gordon-Levitt will “absolutely” appear in the planned Justice League as the new Batman — and in fact, may even appear as the character as early as next year’s Man of Steel. More details after the jump.

Update: The actors reps told Hollywood.com that the story is untrue. Wouldn’t be the first time a story like this has been denied by official sources, only to turn out to be true. (See also the nature of JGL’s role in The Dark Knight Rises.) So stay tuned for more detail. For now, the original text of this story is below.

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