I was catching up on my news feeds after traveling and came across this funny piece. Apparently Marvel Comics Consultant Mark Millar doesn’t think a Justice League Movie will work.
One reason, he argues “I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date.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.”
Captain America came out in 1941. While 75 year old characters are completely lame, out of touch, etc., it seems, 72 is the perfect age for relevance. I suppose Hawkeye might be a young character, but who the fuck likes hawkeye in the first place?
It’s as if he doesn’t bother watching movies made by DC (I can’t blame him, most suck, but still we know they’re out there. “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.”
Well, we already had a GL movie, it sucked but that wasn’t a fault in the character of GL. What I really like is that a movie based on a character who makes mental projections ‘could never work’ yet X-Men with Professor X, the worlds most powerful telepath who in theory could reach into the bad guys minds and shut them down, and Jean Grey a powerful telepath and telekinetic, who could do the mind thing if she wanted or just fling people against walls. has had several movies made, with more to come. All more than a few minutes, and with plenty of raucous up close and personal fighting.
“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? ”
Captain America has wings on his head shaped almost identically to Flash’s door handles. Wait a minute, no in the movies those were turned into painted on decals on a helmet. Good for the goose, not the gander I guess.
He goes on to rip on Aquaman, rightfully so, sorry Author you’re pretty much a weak link, and I guess if Marvel pretends Namor doesn’t exist it’s fine. I wouldn’t want a Namor movie, but he has off and on, been an Avenger… so…. Glass houses Mr. Millar.
Lastly “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.”
- Batman (already hugely successful movie franchise, and having low to zero CGI requirements)
- Superman (ok, not so great in the movies beyond the awesome Christopher Reeves, but really just Iron Man filming wise.)
- Wonder Woman (Who’s been ignored wrongfully, but ignoring her flying powers of late wouldn’t be hard to do, compare her to Black Widow, but give her more strength)
- Aquaman (just stay away from water and he’s basically hawkeye)
- Flash (speed isn’t that hard to film. Probably no more than flight)
Could never work, too impractical. But,
- Iron Man (we’ll compare him to batman as far as successful movies, and superman as far as on screen power)
- Black Widow (not really hard to film, she has no powers or even weapons really. her stingers got used, what twice?)
- Captain America (the first movie to me was lame, but he’s also pretty easy to film)
- Thor (the first movie was… mmm meh, but not bad)
- Hulk (he’s CGI. the previous movies from what I know are a bag of hurt)
- Hawkeye (again easy to film, no powers)
work completely, why wouldn’t they? Duh.
So the two teams aren’t that dissimilar, yet somehow Millar thinks they’re completely un-filmable, unrealistic, etc.
I’ll grant you, the folks who make DC movies, botch the job more often than not. I don’t see DC giving someone like Joss Whedon the free reign he’d want. Though that said, we did end up with bat-nipples, so who knows. DC has a long road ahead to catch up to Marvel in the movies, but to dismiss the characters as silly or not filmable, makes me wonder if Millar read many comics as a kid or still does. The two companies universes are almost interchangeable as are the characters.
Ah well, i’m sure he’d get canned if he gave the competitor good marks.