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Thursday, August 05, 2010 

Canceled Justice League movie was going to be dark and gory

When Warner's proposed movie based on the Justice League of America was first announced 3 years ago, it may have been suggested they'd take America out of the title, for PC's sake. But even if it hadn't been, any problems with the screenplay would've been far from over. According to Cinematical, what was proposed then could or would've been quite jarringly violent:
According to Baruchel, Miller's vision would have finally put to rest any fears that a big-screen Justice League movie was a cheap cash grab that would degenerate into an exercise in camp.

Baruchel explains, "I'll just say this, if we had been able to make the movie that we had gone down [to Australia] to rehearse, if you had seen the production art I'd seen ... it would've been the coolest thing ever. It would have been the neatest vision of Batman and the coolest vision of Superman you've ever seen. It would have been dark and fairly brutal and quite gory and just f**king epic."

Now I'm going to turn it over to the experts out there: Is a 'dark an gritty' Justice League the key to bringing the DC heroes to the big screen, or are you relieved that Miller never got his way?
Well, I certainly don't think it should've been campy, but that doesn't mean it should be gory and graphic either, surely the biggest mistake for a movie that, even if not aimed squarely at little children, we'd still think was aimed at a family audience. It's bad enough the comics have degenerated into vicious, sensationalized brutality and bloodletting in recent years. We certainly don't need that in a major movie, and it'd be a really bad way to start off any franchise of sequels, assuming they'd get off the ground at all. So the answer is NO - a dark and gritty rendition is not the key for bringing DC's famous heroes to the movie theaters, and personally, I'm glad Miller didn't get his way.

I don't expect whomever else they hire to write the screenplay to do any better though. Biggest problem is that, with the kind of people they've got in charge now, no matter how it's written, it may not have any meaty substance, and that could be its undoing.

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