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Ben Affleck directing “Justice League” movie?

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Rumour has it that former Daredevil” and excellent film director Ben Affleck is being courted by Warner Brothers to direct their attempt to get a slice of that sweet superhero movie pie with their Justice League movie.

This pleases me on a few levels.

Ben Affleck is an excellent director.  You might well have taken in his splendid Boston-set crime drama, “The Town”, and rightly enjoyed its muscular but layered take on heists, honour among thieves and the odd codes of masculine obligation which lead otherwise bright guys to do incredibly stupid things because friends, family and neighbourhood perception compel them to.  He’s a natural with actors – duh! – getting convincing work out of Blake Lively, in a feat which suggests that her TV gig on Gossip Girl vastly undersells her ability, a deft constructor of narratively valid and comprehensible action sequences and a storyteller who can find quirks and digressions which make even shop-worn crime tales ring somehow new.

And as I always say when talking about Ben Affleck the director, go and rent Gone Baby Gone now  – it’s an excellent directorial debut and a heart-wrenching tale of lost lives and everyday sadness beautifully placed within the wider frame of a private eye drama.

His Iran hostage drama “Argo” will be with us later in the Autumn, but the news that he’s being considered to direct a cross-media juggernaut such as “Justice League” indicates that Warner Brothers have as much confidence in him as I do – getting a proper film maker to helm a popcorn epic is a move which seems to have paid off for the WB before, and who better to tell the tale of DC’s Justice League than somebody with previous form in that area?

Shall we forget about the “Green Lantern” movie? It only seems polite…

No deals signed yet, of course, but all concerned will probably want to have Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and co. motoring along in an effort to be in cinemas by the time that Mr Whedon’s second “Avengers” adventure debuts in 2015…

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“Wonder Woman” movie deflects bullets, gets writer

Wonder Woman – able to deflect bullets and duff scripts?

Ruh-oh.

Warner Brothers have announced that the writer of last year’s slightly terrible Green Lantern flick, Michael Goldenberg, will be scripting a movie adventure for the lasso-wielding Wonder Woman, as the studio’s plans for a post Christopher NolanBatman” cinematic universe gain pace.

Whilst the presence of the “Green Lantern” script on his resume shouldn’t set alarm bells ringing – a film is nothing if not the sum of its constituent parts and individual voices have a habit of being abruptly squished in order to make things that bit more mainstream – I can but hope that Warners and DC get the message that their characters should be a bit more expansive and heroic than they allowed Hal Jordan to be in his first outing.

You don’t get a massive “Justice League” movie by miring your cosmos-spanning heroes solely in the workaday world, guys…

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Emily Blunt won’t be your girlfriend…

Emily Blunt - would rather kick ass than simper prettily. And who can blame her?

Though she was originally pencilled in to appear in “Iron Man 2” in the ‘Black Widow’ role which went to Scarlett Johansson, British thesp Emily Blunt is none too keen about showing up in a nascent superhero flick and playing ‘the girlfriend’.  You know, I think she has a point there.

Marvel's espionage bad girl, Black Widow.

In an interview to promote her next, non-genre flick, Blunt’s comments on turning down the Peggy Carter role in “Captain America: The First Avenger”, and on the paucity of good roles for actresses in blockbuster flicks in general, have been somewhat misinterpreted as a slam on genre fare as a whole.  And I don’t think that’s quite what she’s getting at.

Her point would appear to be that most of these movies function as wish-fulfilment, power fantasies for adolescent boys of all ages and there’s very little arguing with that assessment – women who enter the orbit of Marvel and DC heroes tend to get to look decorative, be placed in danger and then saved by the titular hero.  Self-determination and pro-active action for women in the summer blockbuster is in short supply and always has been.  What Blunt appears to be saying is that its time that heroines got a slice of the action which is the birthright of male characters.

You’ll note that Marvel Studios don’t appear to be in any hurry to green light a movie which features a strong heroine in the lead and DC similarly seem to be focussing more on getting a “Green Lantern” sequel sorted out than in having anybody make a “Wonder Woman” flick – those tantalising rumours of Nicholas Winding Refn directing Christina Hendricks don’t seem to have been borne out by actual trade paper announcements, which is a shame.

Will sort out evil and not be as much of a diva as most bloke heroes - that's Wonder Woman for you.

I’d love to see Wonder Woman get the kind of mythological action epic treatment which Marvel gave to “Thor” last year – the character deserves it and there’s at least as much potential for a multi-film and multi-media franchise there as there is in any other character in the DC pantheon.  I know that it’s tough to launch these projects but it does seem somewhat weird that it’s usually the super heroines whose script-to-screen travails seem inordinately protracted in comparison to those of their comic book brothers.

So, Hollywood – is it just young dudes who get to explode things and kick bad guy arses or can the ladies have a shot at it, too?  What, exactly, are they so afraid of?

 

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