Information and rumors about the 2015 Justice League movie have started to emerge. One source reported that the “big bad” of the film will be Darkseid. Shortly after that information was released, the same source reported that screenwriter Will Beall was taking his inspiration from the adventure told across Justice League of America #183-185 (published in 1980). If you’ve never read those comics, it’s a huge story featuring the Justice League, the Justice Society, and the evils of Apokolips. The basic plot is Darkseid plans to destroy the Earth by blasting it with a ray that will move Apokolips into the Earth’s place. The story is a LOT more complex, but that’s the boiled down pitch. Long-time Match-heads know this adventure was written by Gerry Conway and included Firestorm! … more after the awesome covers …
Now let’s take a step back and think about the big picture. I’ve been speculating on what might make up the first Justice League film and Firestorm’s potential involvement…
First, is it likely that Firestorm will appear in the first Justice League feature film? Probably not. Seems logical they would focus on the core JLA members, such as: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, and maybe throw in Aquaman and Cyborg. Beyond that, I doubt we’ll see any further JLA members in the first film.
Second, would they EVER include Firestorm in a feature film? A teenager whose head is on fire and has a complex secret identity? Could be problematic to introduce in a feature film unless he played a very significant part.
Third, I’m questioning whether the film will actually be based upon JLA #183-185. Those issues feature a very complicated story that is steeped with parallel universes, the Justice Society, and much more. Seems to me it would make more sense to base the film on the recent New 52 Justice League relaunch. Justice League #1-6 featured the formation of the League and introduced Darkseid. Those are things the first movie will need to accomplish as well. Those issues were wildly successful from a sales perspective (though opinions vary on quality of story). Finally, factor in that Geoff Johns wrote the New 52 Justice League comic and he’s DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer. His Green Lantern comics influenced that feature film, so it seems feasible his Justice League comics might do the same.
My thanks to Shane Snyder (aka The Yeastfly) for the heads-up on the JLA movie scoop.
So what do you think the plot of the Justice League film will be? Do you think we’ll ever see Firestorm on the silver screen?
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