Four Ways to Make a Good Justice League Movie

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by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck

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At this point, rushing a Justice League movie will spell certain doom. Despite their claims to the contrary, DC and Warner Bros. want nothing more than to capitalize on the public’s Avengers-induced thirst for top shelf superhero team ups. The time just isn’t right, though.

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The Justice League had their chance to be the trailblazers of big screen superhero teams, with multiple false starts over the past 15 years. It’s too late to be cutting edge now. The best case scenario is to wait until the stars align and do it right. Rushing a film into production dooms the franchise and possibly prevents the Justice League from ever becoming a viable movie property.

There are two things that a potential Justice League movie doesn’t want to be compared to. The Avengers, and the Nolan Bat-franchise. Only time and direction can create the necessary separation. Step one is to let the Man of Steel run its course and go from there.



Howie Decker (@HowardtheDeck) is the co-creator and editor of He likes fantasy baseball & taco night. You can read his “Letter from the Editor” here.




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Classick September 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

The League!

Great step-by-step list for DC. Unfortunately, Step 4 is what they’ve been stuck on for years, but I can only imagine that the morning that Marvel’s Avengers released, exactly at 2:05 a.m., DC had an emergency meeting centered around how to get their shit together for a Justice League film. They should feel ashamed that they held all the various character rights under one roof for so long and did nothing to tie them all together.

Speaking of diversity, I’m all for non-Daily Show John Stewart carrying the Green Lantern mantle. And if they’re gonna include Cyborg or Firestorm, I’d be OK with that too, but please PLEASE retcon Black Vulcan from the Super Friends and let’s just call him Vulcan?

Maybe they should just do a Legion of Doom movie, sort of a Justice League prequel? Yeah, that’s the ticket!


Howie Decker September 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Classick- it’s funny you say that. Googs and I spent over an hour last week trying to figure out how they could do a Legion of Doom movie and have that lead to a JL pic. We decided that in the end they would basically win, and with the Earth in turmoil, that would signal the formation of the Justice League. By then. we’d know if the CAvill Superman worked or not, and go from there. We though the protagonist of a LOD pic would have to be a heroic human like Steve Trevor or someone who tries to battle the LOD but just can’t get it done without Super-help.


Brian Morin September 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm

The bad guys winning in the end with a shimmer of hope for good? It’s such an under-used plot twist, that works almost every time (Empire stands out to me sat the best example.) I would love to see DC run with it. Let’s just hope Man of Steel is decent. It doesn’t have to be great, just better than Superman Returns and Green Lantern (Shouldn’t be too hard)


Shawn Smith-Ford September 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm

thanks for the kind mention, and this was brilliantly put together- when ydo you start work at Warner Brothers?


Howie Decker September 19, 2012 at 9:22 am

They’d never hire me, I’m a terrible interview. I reek of Reduced Fat Cheez-Its and desperation. Thanks for reading!


More0_0Than September 19, 2012 at 8:01 am

I think you are on to something with the LoD, they make the heroes who they are. While I am more of a Marvel guy you have to give DC props on the depth of their rogues galleries and the LoD is the best of the worst.

Using John Stewart would be fine but I’m not sure that taking the “we have a ____!” approach to market the film will do it any favors unless it’s good.

Waiting for Superman is probably necessary, but DC has already missed the boat here, if they rush in now it is an Avengers ripoff, if they wait it’s an Avengers ripoff. Their best bet at this point is to make it the best film they can and hope that it can outlast the comparison.


Fogs September 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

I agree with ’em all except “Wait”. They’ve waited long enough. Plus, production time will still put this thing 3 years out at the earliest. So if they wait any longer, the superhero craze may very well have sputtered and died. These things happen.

There’s some other things too… but it should probably be taken for granted that they get a good script and a good director.


Ronnie January 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

I really like your point about DC’s villains. Make them a focal point, set yourself apart from Marvel in that way. Because honestly, both Iron Man’s movie villains sucked, no good Hulk villain (besides Ross, and that’s a different kind of conflict) and besides striking gold with Loki they haven’t had a great villain presence yet.


BM Punk April 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I like the John Stewart call and I REALLY like the villains idea


Hawkam May 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

It’s simple , keep going with snyders supes , mean while prepare a atlantians vs amazonians war movie where aquaman and ww meet .
Reboot batman , in batman 2 let him meet the flash who has just gained his powers and being put in the right path by bats .
Follow the secret origins path where john stewart who’s a new green lantern and ex marin torn between lantern duty and cadimus influence over the white house , while mars is being attacked and one surviver finds refuge in earth (man hunter) !!
There i solved all tge riddles for u WB !


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