Just in time for the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, the commentators of TNT’s Inside the NBA are welcoming some very special guests. Yes, at long last, host Ernie Johnson and analysts Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley will join forces with DC’s superhero team the Justice League to play basketball — and possibly fight evil, if any supervillain dares get in the way of the basketball. The crossover occurs in The Justice League Goes Inside the NBA: All Star Edition, a new limited edition comic book that will be distributed for free at the NBA All-Star Jam Session in New Orleans from February 13-16. READ FULL STORY
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Remember when Zack Snyder officially announced his intention to put a Batman movie inside a Superman movie? On Wednesday, he got even more ambitious: Warner Bros. officially announced that Gal Gadot was playing Wonder Woman. We’ve all had a day to work through our complicated feelings about that news. But now it’s time to move on to more important things. Snyder’s incipient Superman saga always carried the implicit promise of bigger things: A whole multimovie mega-franchise focusing on different DC superheroes, all leading up to a franchise-knitting superteam film.
It took Marvel four years, three successful mini-franchises, and one nonstarter Hulk franchise to get to Avengers. Warner Bros. is clearly hoping to accelerate that timeline. Batman Vs. Superman Plus Wonder Woman points directly to a Justice League movie by Q3 2017, if not earlier. It’s equally possible that the studio has a more ambitious architecture in place: They could be plotting to launch their other superheroes in team-up movies from 2015 onward, with Ben Affleck on retainer to play Batman for half an hour in each movie, essentially serving as franchise booster rockets. (DC Comics has been doing this for years. Launching a new comic book? Put Batman on the cover as an issue 1 guest star.)
Whatever: The point is, casting for the rest of the Justice League has moved from an ambient years-forward possibility to an immediate probability. Which means it’s never been more important for us to collectively tell Warner Bros. how to cast the rest of the Justice League. It’s a tricky gambit: They need people who will form a fun ensemble right away, but who can also suggest a possible movie waiting to be built around them. (They require Ruffalo-Hulks; they could settle for Johansson-Widows; they need something better than Renner-Hawkeyes.) Forthwith, the best possible casting choices, with careful consideration given to extra-film details like “How will Twitter react?” and “How will they look on a panel at Comic-Con 2015?”:
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MAD Magazine created a variant cover for an upcoming issue of Justice League, featuring beloved green-skinned superhero Martian Manhunter transforming into beloved freckle-faced mascot Alfred E. Neuman. Check out the image below! (UPDATE: This post originally featured the incorrect MAD Magazine image. You fooled us again, MAD Magazine!) READ FULL STORY
The internet feels like such a cold and empty place without any Batman movie rumors. Fortunately, HitFix posted a report late last night that is at once totally crazy and entirely plausible. According to the site, Joseph Gordon-Levitt — who played John Blake, a.k.a. Twist-Ending Robin, in The Dark Knight Rises – is already set to play Batman in the still-evolving superteam film Justice League. Moreover, reporter Drew McWeeny claims that Gordon-Levitt might be appearing in Man of Steel for a quick continuity cameo, à la Downey Jr. in Incredible Hulk. READ FULL STORY
The superhero wars are heating up. With Marvel Studios’ The Avengers now No. 3 on the all-time box-office chart, Warner Bros. appears hungry for a blockbuster superhero group of their own and is trying yet again to rev up a Justice League of America franchise. According to Variety, Will Beall, the screenwriter of the forthcoming crime epic Gangster Squad, has been tapped to pen a script. The new effort comes four years after Warner Bros. grounded a different Justice League project directed by George Miller (Babe, The Road Warrior). At the same time, the studio is developing separate, individual franchises for Justice League members Flash and (for the umpteenth time) Wonder Woman. Behold the legacy of The Avengers: A potential second wind for modern superhero cinema, and an affirmation of Marvel’s shared-universe approach — a business model which Warner Bros. (via DC Entertainment) might be able to milk and maximize in ways Marvel Studios can’t, given that Warner controls all of DC’s most valuable brands (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, in particular) and Marvel, at present, does not (see: Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four). READ FULL STORY
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