DC & Marvel’s Newest Movies? Justice League & Black Panther7.06.12 # News # 15 Comments
Today has brought news of movement on the long-gestating Justice League movie today, with the revelation that the quest to adapt the DC Comics super-team for the big screen has enlisted a fresh screenwriter. Meanwhile, rumours are circulating that Marvel is preparing to announce its next character to break into their own movie, with this being none other than the Black Panther.
Will Beall has already scripted the hotly-tipped Gangster Squad for DC parent company Warner Bros. and his are the writing skills which have been pressed into service of the Justice League movie. The JLA should, of course, have made it to the screen a few years ago, only for that iteration (due to be helmed by Mad Max man George Miller) to crumple in the face of a writer’s strike.
But although DC’s main funny book rival, Marvel, has enjoyed massive success by feeding solo superhero movie outings into the team extravaganza that was The Avengers, the rumour has been that DC/Warners would do the opposite with the JLA, keeping it at a remove from individual franchises such as the Christian Bale-starring Batman.
Could Warners really bear, however, to use a Justice League film as a prospective springboard for separate movies starring Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman et al, given that failure would strangle a whole raft of potential franchises in one fell swoop? That, after all, was one reason why Wolfgang Petersen’s Batman vs. Superman stalled early in the 21st century.
While Warners mulls over its options, Marvel is able to forge right on ahead in the wake of The Avengers’ record-shattering adventures. The sequel to Iron Man is already shooting, and follow-ups to Thor and Captain America will follow hot on its heels. But the studio still has release slots lined up for two as-yet unannounced features.
One of which will surely be an Avengers sequel, and the other is now being reported as The Black Panther, a character who is both an Avenger himself and African royalty to boot. Hailing from the kingdom of Wakanda, the Panther had previously been due to come to the silver screen with Wesley Snipes in the lead role, only for that project to never come to fruition in Snipes’ box office lifetime.