Mark Millar has recently shared his opinion on Warner Bros’ plans for a Justice League movie, particularly the problems the studio will have to face if they try to push through with the current plans. Namely, mismatched superpowers and outdated characters:
“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date,” Millar said, “The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time.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 also pointed out that the vast differences in powers and abilities between members need to be worked out:
“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.”
Millar does have a point. There aren’t a lot of threats in the universe for Batman, Robin, Aquaman, and Booster Gold to fight that Superman can’t punch into oblivion faster. They’ve also got other heavyweights like Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, which means they’d have to find a way to take advantage of each other character’s weaknesses – but aren’t we tired of Superman gutter-stomping evil only to get punked out by a shard of green glass?
It’s not impossible, though. Marvel managed to put two heavyweights – Thor and Hulk – in the same movie without making the rest useless, so it can be done with proper writing and setup (which Warner hasn’t done yet).