Rumours continue to swirl about the upcoming Justice League feature film that was announced a while back. The project has had a rather strange director attached in George Miller; although he directed Mad Max, in recent years he’s moved on to more family friendly affairs like Babe and Happy Feet. Also, there have been a lot of questions about doing a Justice League film that involves the Superman and Batman characters, both of which already have their own active and established film franchises. Recently the news came out that both Christian Bale and Brandon Routh would not be involved, and that casting for the flick would be underway shortly. Now comes an even bigger scoop that completely changes everything: according to IESB, the Justice League movie will not be a live action one. Instead, it will be CG with motion capture technology, not unlike Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming Beowulf.
Whoa! Hold on a minute there. How is it possible that this small detail has escaped public knowledge for so long? Did they just make this decision recently? George Miller’s involvement does make a lot more sense if this is true. Still, I have a hard time envisioning a CG version of the film being the same scale blockbuster that a live action movie would be. Is this really something that Warner Bros would consider? There are already plenty of direct to DVD animated superhero movies coming out (including a Justice League one), so what would convince the general public that this is a cut above the others? Logistically, CG makes a bit more sense, and normally I’d be very supportive of an animated film that is reasonably mature and serious. Heck, I even liked the new TMNT flick a lot. In this case though, I just can’t see it working. I say go live action or don’t even bother. What do you think?