Warner Bros. has been desperately trying to get their DC comic properties going over the years, and they are hoping that Man of Steel will pave the way for a Justice League movie that they can be proud of. The Justice League team is a hard group of superheroes to tackle, and I hope they can pull something amazing off.
Comic writer and Marvel consultant Mark Millar doesn't think it will work, and in a recent interview with SciFi Now he explains why,
I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date.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 goes on to break it down singling out certain characters like Green Lantern, Flash, and Auquaman,
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.
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.
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? 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.
Do you agree with Millar's assessment? I think he makes some good points, but I also think it's still possible to make an awesome and successful Justice League movie.