It’s bad enough comic fans are already divided with the DC vs. Marvel rivalry but to have a Fox executive outright dis another studio’s project only fans the flames even more. In an interview with SciFi Now, Mark Millar expressed his feelings about Warner Brother’s ‘Justice League’ film calling it an “excellent way of losing $200 million.”
Back in September, Millar was hired by Fox to be their creative consultant for their Marvel properties which includes ‘The Wolverine,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ and ‘Fantastic Four.’ These properties are already established as films in their own right making Miller’s job a little easier than say Warner Bros who is hoping to do form their own superhero team, the ‘Justice League,’ their answer to Marvel’s ‘The Avengers.’ Millar, however, thinks that Warner Brother’s DC team is a terribly bad idea:
“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.
The Flash has door handles on the side of his mask and if he doesn’t wear that mask, I’ll be pissed off, you know what I mean? They’re in a weird, weird situation – if you’ve got a guy who moves at the speed of light up against the Weather Wizard and Captain Cold or whatever, then your movie’s over in two seconds.
You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky – the best one is definitely Aquaman. Aquaman can’t even talk under water. If you think about it in comics it’s fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms?
Millar tells the site that a big problem with DC’s superheroes is that are in need of an update:
“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date. 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… 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 $200 million.”
So what do you think? Is Millar right? Is DC’s ‘Justice League’ film a disaster in the making or is he just expressing his loyalty to the brand that he represents?
It will be a box office battle when DC’s ‘Justice League’ is released in 2015 – the same year that Marvel’s ‘The Avengers 2’ is set to be released. Which side are you on?