Justice League of America film dead?
Well it would really surprise me if this were true considering the news that had been coming out for this film for some time. With the difficulties it was having trying to get the permits to film in Australia and the talk of the budgets escalating, is it really a surprise?
Word is that the film is “tabled” which could mean anything from being on hold to put into turnaround. Basically though, it's not going to be happening any time soon, and I think that's great news.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, heading off into the territory of the Justice League (now seemingly called Justice League: Mortal) without having the main characters established in their own films is going to be very difficult to pull off. I mean imagine the first confused half hour as they struggle to introduce new superhero characters and establish their backstory while convincing us of the new actors playing the lead roles of Superman and Batman.
It would turn into a Fantastic Four situation, where afterwards the Director is explaining that the reason we didn't all like it was because of all the introductions of the different characters and...blah, blah, blah. It would be a mess.
What they need to do is wait until all the characters that they are going to exploit have had their own outings and their own histories played out. Once that happens then we can look to signing those very actors onto a Justice League of America film and do it right.
The word comes from Joel Silver who, while he has nothing directly to do with the film has connections with the studio, said that his planned Wonder Woman film wouldn't be held up by the Justice League of America film because it has been “tabled”.
To me that sounds like turnaround, or whatever you would like to call it. Effectively the film is being pushed to the back burner and they're getting on with others in its place. According to Joel Silver, through CHUD and Moviehole, the current cast most likely won't be returning to the production whenever it starts again.
This is great news, now they can get the individual superhero stories going and do the ensemble film properly next time around.