Mark Millar has shared his opinion on Warner Bros’ movie version of Justice League , citing outdated characters and mismatched superpowers as potential downfalls.
Justice League will effectively be the DC Comics equivalent of The Avengers , uniting the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern against a (presumably huge) big bad.
“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date,” Millar said, in an interview with SciFiNow (opens in new tab) . “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.
“Now the stuff I grew up with… 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.”
Millar went on to highlight similar logical problems with The Flash and Aquaman, before concluding, “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 $200m.”
The superhero team-up, which failed to launch when George Miller was attached as a director in 2008 , will have its work cut out reconciling the powers of invincible extra-terrestrial Kal-El and resourceful (and very, very rich) playboy Bruce Wayne.
But, as Marvel managed to get Thor and Tony Stark existing in the same cinematic universe, it’s not an impossible task (although it might require some major character reinvention).
Justice League is expected to open in 2013.