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It turns out that we haven't been paying close enough attention to the upcoming Justice League movie. Though only recently announced, it turns out that Warner Bros. is fasttracking the project at an alarming speed. Well, it turns out they may have a reason, as the film could pull a Beowulf and arrive as a motion-capture CG-animation flick.
Warner Bros to Adapt Justice League
When you have a film that will have to include a lot of superheroes, it makes sense that one would go with the computer-generated medium. Hire any actor, record them, and change what you want on screen.
The good people at IESB have received word from sources inside ILM and Rhythm and Hues that both claim Justice League will be CG and not live-action. Nobody, however, has yet to confirm this.
Also, this explains the quick casting starting next week and the speedy production date of first quarter 2008. But, mo-cap films take a lot of time, so this may not be ready by Summer 2009 like a traditional film would be. Are we looking at Summer of 2010 or 2011? This would give time for the Batman and Superman sequels. Plus with George Miller's success with singing pigs and dancing penguins, It finally all makes sense! But who knows!
But the real interesting thing about this is that the contract is for an all-cgi "photo-real" motion capture movie, much like the upcoming Beowulf.
This is unsurprising, given George Miller's recent track record with the likes of Happy Feet, and motion capture cgi would certainly account for the casting sessions that are supposedly starting next week, meaning that Miller can cast actors rather than faces for the roles, use their performances and tweak things as he sees fit.
Since Justice League should be ridiculously grand considering its cast of characters including Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern, The Flash, Batman, Superman and then some, one can understand why Warner. Bros would prefer to try this story in motion-capture.