Justice League has been green-lit!
Marvel Studios is currently releasing its properties that will lead up to Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. WB on the other hand, has been struggling to get its properties off the ground, with the exception of Batman and Superman, but with other character pending release or production jump starts for a Justice League of America film. Those plans now seem to have come to fruition.
According to Comic Book Movies, Warner Bros. has officially green-lit a feature adaptation for Justice League of America. However, the film is in the early stages of development. No script has been worked on, and the studio is searching for actors for the roles of Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter. The biggest surprise is that Batman and Superman are being omitted from the team. That’s right, two of DC’s most popular characters will not star in the film!
A live-action Justice League was green-lit (then canceled) a couple of years ago, and would introduce the characters, then give them solo films. Since its cancellation, WB has been taking Marvel’s approach, giving each character a solo film first. While they’re doing that with Green Lantern and The Flash, WB will be using this film as a way to introduce Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter to the general audience. The exclusion of Batman and Superman may have something to do with Christopher Nolan wanting to keep them in their own universe. The characters can eventually write them into the script, but for now, they’re out.