Calling it a “great way to waste $200 million”, comic book writer Mark Millar has taken a shot at the upcoming Justice League movie.
Speaking to SciFi Now, Millar calls DC’s slate of heroes “too old” and says that anything beyond the Batman franchise is doomed to fail because it won’t translate well to the silver screen.
“Now the stuff I grew up with,” he says. “I adored the DC stuff growing up but really, how do you do a movie about Green Lantern? His power is that he manifests green plasma from his imagination and uses them as weapons against someone? Even that in itself if you just imagine then watching a fight scene with a guy who’s like a hundred feet away making plasma manifestations fight someone – it’s not exactly raucous, getting up close and personal.”
“The Flash has door handles on the side of his mask and if he doesn’t wear that mask, I’ll be pissed off, you know what I mean? They’re in a weird, weird situation – if you’ve got a guy who moves at the speed of light up against the Weather Wizard and Captain Cold or whatever, then your movie’s over in two seconds,” Millar adds. “You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky – the best one is definitely Aquaman. Aquaman can’t even talk under water. If you think about it in comics it’s fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms?”
Millar is currently consulting with 20th Century Fox on their Marvel franchises including the long in development Deadpool movie, the new Wolverine movie and a reboot of the Fantastic Four. Millar says that Warner Brothers is cooking up a recipe for disaster with the upcoming Justice League movie.
“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date. The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time,” he says. “The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million.”
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