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Is Miller Ready To Cast Justice League?
30-40 actors in contention, apparently

15 October 2007  |  Written by Tom Ambrose  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Seems that we’re going to find out who the new Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern et al are sooner rather than later.

With a pretty hardcore deadline on his massive Justice League Of America movie, which is due out in 2009, Australian director George Miller is fast-tracking the casting of the mother of all superhero movies. And then some.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Miller flew into Hollywood over the weekend for a two-day casting session with some of the hottest young actors in Tinseltown, all of whom were auditioning for the key roles in the JLA movie, which brings the aforementioned superheroes, as well as Martian Manhunter and Aquaman, together on the big screen.

Miller is seeing about four or five actors for each role, with a few overlaps, although he will apparently be testing the actors in pairs and then an overall group, so he can judge the eventual look of the Justice League. No costumes, though, are involved, which must come as a relief to the likes of Adam Brody, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and the rapper Common who are all involved.

Miller will present his findings to Warner Bros. in midweek.

The list of auditioning actors also includes Joseph Cross, D.J. Cotrona, Michael Angarano, Teresa Palmer, Max Thieriot, and Scott Porter, Adrianna Palicki, and Minka Kelly from the TV show, Friday Night Lights.

Miller aims to cast the principal heroes at a relatively young age – most of the actors concerned are early-to-mid-20s – and see them grow into their roles over the course of a couple of JLA movies.

So, readers, who do you think fits on the list, and who should get which roles? Is Adam Brody really suitable to play any superhero? Should Miller and WB ditch their plan to not cast Brandon Routh as Superman and Christian Bale as Batman while, confusingly, keeping both actors attached to those heroes’ separate franchises? Should they be giving Ryan Reynolds whatever he wants to play The Flash? Should Miller be casting older – could you take a twentysomething Batman seriously? Where are the likes of Henry Cavill, who auditioned to play both Batman and Superman for Chris Nolan and Bryan Singer?

Knock yourselves out in our comments section and the minute we hear any concrete JLA casting news, you’ll be the 47th to know.

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RE: Mozzy_gal
Yeah Mos Def, Will Smith (who was acting on TV way before his film career - Fresh Prince???). What about Tone Fucking Loc in Ace Ventura,  or LL Cool J in Deep Blue Sea; Eminem's riveting performance in 8 mile or any film with Queen La-fucking-tifa?  Rappers suck fucking ass at acting. So full of themselves and thinking living a fantasy life tranfers well to the big screen. Wankers. More

Posted by Wraggsterino at 16:12 on 26 October 2007 | Report This Post

Ryan Reynolds-flash
He shold deffently be the flash he as got everything to play the flash More

Posted by dr_rat at 21:26 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
michael keaton as an old batman could be cool. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 16:38 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

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L: Adrian Lukeyboy, don't use the word dude in any sentence. this is neither America, nor the 90s. sp; Bite me,.....Dude! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 15:58 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Lukeyboy, don't use the word dude in any sentence. this is neither America, nor the 90s. More

Posted by Adrian at 13:14 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
L: adambt Does anyone else think that this George Clooney's chance to have another stab at Batman? I would pay to see that movie. sp; Dont use the words Batman, George Clooney and stab in the same sentence dude,...you'll give me idea's!! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 11:33 on 17 October 2007 | Report This Post

Does anyone else think that this George Clooney's chance to have another stab at Batman? I would pay to see that movie. More

Posted by adambt at 22:15 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

because they want the heroes younger than in those films? just a wild guess based on the fact that it was plainly stated. y'know if this is peoples attitude, i might just not bother with my british superhero comic company. it'd be a pity, i got a lot of the base writing done on several intro stories... only really need an artist to get going propper. ah well. More

Posted by Adrian at 20:53 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

Bale doesn't want to do it for sure but Routh would
I know for sure Bale doesn't want to do it unless they wait for his tri to be finished but that aint happening but i think Routh would do it and i have no idea why the don't ask him More

Posted by Paulie Wallnuts at 19:18 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

oh... I do concur that a 20 something batman would be dificult to accept. largely because.. well... i always figured he was still in training to become batman untill his late twenties. unless they count that as enough. and again big props to the chimp for being a fellow voice of reason amongst all the bitching and whining More

Posted by Adrian at 13:58 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

first up... the chimp... thank you! finally, someone else who'd rather give a film a chance before condemning it. miketang, your comment actually gives this film much more hope than the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen... in that film, they had 5 or more huge names to try to give enough screen time to. by casting unknowns (largely), they're ommiting any obligation towards screen time bias for anyone, so they can focus on story etc... rather than bowing to the actors egos. and I can see ma More

Posted by Adrian at 13:55 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Think about it
In JLA Year One, the league are all in their early to mid 20s and struggling to be taken seriously and suffer from organisation problems until Superman and Batman come on board, could that be happening here as well? More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 13:54 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

Think about it
Okay, lets look at this for a minute, we have got the possibility of a fun, action packed, highly creative story, which if done correctly with the right script, style and cast could be a great film. But on the other hand... from reading these updates about the JLA, it sounds like they are making a TV, similar to Smallville. Now dont get me wrong, Smallville is a good series and has re-invented some of the story, but it has worked well as it is on the small screen and has time to evolve with a yo More

Posted by dholleyuk at 13:13 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

For starters I think if you have the characters that young the 1st movie will have to be upwards of 3 hours long just to give each hero some screen time, just look at spiderman 3 they tried to cram so much into 2 and bit hours it was just one big mess and ruined what went before it. I really can't see it working but i'm sure hollywood execs will be wetting themselves at the thought of all the cash that will roll in but to be honest unless thay have a bunch of unknowns like have the clowns mentio More

Posted by drexil69 at 12:23 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

Dont let this movie be made!
Honestly.Do we really need this film? Keep Batman and Superman in their separate franchises and keep JLA to a small screen animated show. More

Posted by darth silas at 11:56 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

miketang99 forgetting x-men are we? There were three of them, I know, hard to notice. More

Posted by keir at 10:20 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

superhores team ups - move with caution!
the last decent attept at big ensemble cast of superheroes was league of extraordinary gentlemen. that film failed partly because there was too much going on to really capture each character. these ensemble comics only work as they have seperate stories which combine to show a larger tapestry of the team a 2 hour (max) movie will never do justice to the justice league! More

Posted by miketang99 at 06:09 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

They should at least ASK Routh and Bale if they're interested. Obviously if they give it the thumbs down there's little they can do. But it would be another plus in the eyes of the pyblic if the current faces of Soup and Batty were to also play them in the JL film. More

Posted by Mr.Screen at 02:36 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

Ryan Reynoulds for flash.Must cast Routh as Superman
the one casting that could be right for this film could be Ryan Reynoulds as the flash i would be happy if they done that but i really have no idea why they don't cast Routh he wants to do it More

Posted by alimac at 02:22 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

cartoon rocked!
If they can get the feel of the JLA cartoons, that would be ace, I don't care if I've heard of the actors. Though I think the guy who voiced Martian Manhunter should play him here (the dude from Alias..) I agree with others, this isn't a "young" team. They're meant to already be mature and know their shit. This isnt a university "super hero soc" some kids join. It's a shame Miller's under such a tight deadline, no doubt will force short cuts a-plenty... More

Posted by mokeydude at 00:23 on 16 October 2007 | Report This Post

Who?
Can't say i've heard of half those fuckers, but Common could be good as Martian Manhunter methinks. Keep Routh and Bale in their roles as Supes and Bat's, get Ryan Reynolds for the Flash and Common as MM and we're halfway there boys and girls!! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 22:51 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

for fucks sake
what is wrong with all the wanna be critics on this site? every time a new film is anounced you all bitich and whine like there's no tomorow. if the film makers listened to half you lot then we would never have had batman begins, x-men, superman e.t.c. at least wait till the trailer before you make such harsh judgement. sure this film has a lot to live upto (more so then x-men) due to the 2 main chars, batman and superman. it would be amazing to see bale and roth but your looking at 20 mil m More

Posted by the chimp at 21:46 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Unknowns, fair enough.
But in their TWENTIES?!!!!! Jesus, just as I was beginning to believe that the guy who made Mad Max (the Asutralians Sam Raimi) could do something cool, this goes and happens. Batman in his early twenties? ARE YOU TAKING THE PISS?!! Its official. This movie is now gonna suck and should never be made. More

Posted by coomi01 at 21:19 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

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L: mozzy_gal Kenesu,give rappers who act a break. look at mos def and will smith. are you gonna say all films they've starred in are crap?....no.exactly! sp; You have a good point. More

Posted by Kenesu at 20:13 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

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L: mattchoman Hearing JLA news always makes me feel slightly ill. e too. I can't begin to describe just how stupid an idea it is to have two other big screen Batman and Superman actors playing those parts while the other two Routh and Bale franchises are still playing. A terrible idea dreamt up by a suit with $$ signs in his eyes. It could also be potentially harming to the other two franchises, if it turns out to be dreadful. Which it really really will..... '(]quote]ORIGINAL: cl More

Posted by pablohoolio at 20:03 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

God no!
Well this is just depressing. If you want to make a frigging Teen Titans movie, go ahead and invite Adam Brody to your casting session. Don't get a bunch of Dawson's Creek age actors together and expect me to buy it. Come on, this can't work. It's just a pity the Wonder Woman movie's been put on hold for so long. They could've found a way to pursuade Christian and Brandon to come on board too and there's your central three right there, the rest would 've been a bonus. This is gonna suck. More

Posted by lenore84 at 19:26 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Empires shit Batman choice
Nathon Fillon the guy can't act and would ruin Batman forever that was a really shit choice empire More

Posted by alimac at 19:13 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

I agree with Hughezy...
this is a strong candidate for the worst idea in film history and is a classic case of 'jumping the Shark'. More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 19:04 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

I agree with Hughezy...
this is a strong candidate for the worst idea in film history and is a classic case of 'jumping the Shark'. More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 18:56 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Who, who, who and who???
Never heard of most of these folks (but then I don't watch that much telly) but id that such a bad thing? Cast of unknowns may be cool, even though I'm of the opinion that this film is going to be a big, shit-dipped bag of scaggy pants..... prove me wrong, Miller!!!! P.S. Yes they bloody well should be sorting Ryan Reynolds out with the part of the flash, dammit!! More

Posted by drawmyfoot at 18:53 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

This movie looks utter pish. I thought people had figured out by now that too many superheroes/villians in a movie tends to spoil it, yet now they're going to make a movie with a whole heap of characters! It seems to me that Hollywood is so lacking in original ideas they'll consider green-lighting any comic-book movie (or any re-make for that matter) at the moment. More

Posted by coljohnmatrix at 18:29 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

You guys amaze me...no offence
Come on guys, you ever picked up a comic in your life? Adam Grenier as Aquaman? I watch Entourage and its ace but that is still ridiculous. Aquaman is a big blonde man not a dark black haired, latin skinned man. He would look ridiculous. The only suggestion so far that made sense was Nathan Fillion....i mean god bless you Empire but you mis-ID'ed two of the JL characters in your mag, so doesnt add much wieght to your suggestions. Personally i think this movie is a really bad idea, More

Posted by chiropterror at 18:12 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

it doesn't matter who he casts, this film is a FUCKING BAD IDEA. DO NOT MAKE THIS FILM YOU DICKHEADS More

Posted by Hughezy at 18:02 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: The Flash
Agree with clarkkent, Adrien Grenier (Entourage) should be cast as Aquaman! If only Jim Cameron was directing... More

Posted by Darth Goonie at 17:53 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

i hope brandon routh and christian bale star in JLA. and i think Ryan Reynolds would be great as flash. oh and by the way,Wraggsterino, Common is an amazing rapper.It says right there in there article(duh!) apart from the amazing bit. Kenesu,give rappers who act a break. look at mos def and will smith. are you gonna say all films they've starred in are crap?....no.exactly! More

Posted by mozzy_gal at 17:52 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

The Flash
cannot wait for this movie to be realesed i think it's going to be awsome and my opinon is that the flash should be non other than Ryan Reynolds. I think this becasue the flash is serposed to be funny and cheeky with the girls and he is a good actor, i cannot think who else but him can be the flash. More

Posted by dr_rat at 17:40 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Eeerrrrmmmm...
When all else fails, cast rappers. Hahah...   To be honest, I'm content with no Justice League movie. It would be better off as an animated movie (2D or 3D). As much as I would love to see a JLA movie, the casting might ruin it all.   I'm all for Reynolds as Flash. I'd love to see Bale and Routh in it as well, but it looks like that won't happen. More

Posted by Kenesu at 17:25 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Eeerrrrmmmm...
...such a bad idea. Tight deadline, continuity issues within Warner, hopeful/rushed/desperate casting (who's 'Common' for fucks sake???), director with varied CV (Mad Max - fair enough, Babe 2 - shite.): all points to a brain-fuck of garagntuan proportions. Messy. More

Posted by Wraggsterino at 17:07 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

I agree with what Empire said before...
....Nathan Fillion for Batman. He would fuckin carry that movie and blow the rest out of the water! More

Posted by tallaght24 at 16:55 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

I love the JLA. I love Batman. I love Superman. And Wonder Woman, and Flash and ... you get the idea. The thought of this film makes me feel ill. More

Posted by raclements at 16:53 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

chrysalisloall your an idiot, Justice League is DC not marvel you twat! As for this news? Hmmmmmm, well i'd rather see them in their LATE twenties so it isnt quite as close to Smallville. As for casting? Reynolds would be amazing as the flash and i dont think NOT casting Bale and Routh will effect the film, sorry but people arent stupid and we already have two people playing Superman in the movies and in smallville. And personally for superman Routh or the guy who plays supes in Smallville w More

Posted by clarkkent at 16:53 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

CRAP
This has to be one of the most pointlesss films being made ever. You can tell even now before its even been made its gonna suck. You know its gonna be a cringe worthy cheese fest thats gonna be aimed at 10 year olds. More

Posted by Seth_Gecko at 16:50 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Dr, it's Doomed
This will be the death of the superhero summer blockbuster, as it is going to suck big time!! There is no way they can expect the general public to see two people cast as Batman and Superman, and if they send this out they risk ruining the other franchises, which in turn will hurt marvel, thus killing superman without any kryptonite. More

Posted by chrysalisloall at 16:40 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

bad
I realy am gutted as i would like to see a good JLA film but it's wbs fault not for waiting till Nolan and Singer finish there tris then we could have a JLA with Routh and Bale but imstead they cast a kids director and actors whove brley just got youse to hair on their chest yet when will studios learn More

Posted by alimac at 16:40 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
i just read this news article as adrian brody, not adam brody, which actually garnered some interest from me! if something like this is gonna work then it needs a strong cast and a good script, not a bunch of b-listers from crappy american television. next thing we know screech from saved by the bell will have been cast as the flash. sean penn as an aged batman, or even the dream casting of clint eastwood as a really old batman would be cool, hell even millers old mate mel gibson as an old batm More

Posted by adambatman82 at 16:36 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

This film is going to be completely ridiculous. I'll eat my hat if its any good.* * NB. I reserve the right to cancel this promise at my own choosing. More

Posted by shool at 16:20 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

It sounds awesome.... could be the next Batman & Robin. More

Posted by nodierock at 16:08 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Hearing JLA news always makes me feel slightly ill. More

Posted by mattchoman at 16:05 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Adrian, the Superman and Batman in the Justice League comics series is the same Superman and Batman as in their own titles, Multiverse notwithstanding. More

Posted by Wormie at 16:03 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

Stoopid!!
The only thing that would generate me any faith in this is if Routh was cast. I doubt Bale would be interested. The sensible thing would be to have solo films for Wonder Woman, the Flash and Green Lantern while coninuing the Routh Superman films and Bale Batman films. These candidates inspire no faith in this projec whatsoever. I'm happy with Miller as director, but Mad Max was a long time ago... More

Posted by Wormie at 16:01 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

I think one point that many people seem to overlook regarding the fact that this film seems to be looking at different Superman and Batman versios is that the comics themselves do this. I mean how many alternate versions of Gotham and Metropolis are there in DC universe? loads. heck, they even have a term for it... multiverse... that they use so they can cross versions of the same comics, or even - though I may be wrong here - franchises (DC/Marvel - it has happened.). More

Posted by Adrian at 16:01 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post

AAAARRRRGGGHHHH!
Its official, George Miller & WB chief execs have all lost their minds!!! This is insane, None of these people look even remotely capable of starring in a movie like this! More

Posted by ste2858 at 15:56 on 15 October 2007 | Report This Post


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