Villain for Justice League movie uncovered?

News Glen Chapman 4 Dec 2012 - 07:29
Justice League

Has the identity of the antagonist in forthcoming superhero mash-up Justice League been revealed?

Warning: inevitably, there may well be spoilers ahead, if this story is confirmed as true.

Latino Review has a strong track record of breaking exclusives relating to comic book movies, so it's certainly worth paying attention when it's the first to report stories relating to the genre. Such as this one: it seems the site may have uncovered the identity of the villain in 2015's planned Justice League movie.

Of course, given the nature of the roster of heroes at DC's disposal (Batman and Superman, for starters) a formidable villain for their maiden big screen outing together is an absolute must, and it looks as though DC has sttledon Darkseid, who is essentially a god. The ruler of the planet Apokolips, Darkseid is regarded as one of the greatest threats in the DC Universe.

Cynics would argue that DC having its heroes face off against a god bears more than a slight similarity to The Avengers going up against Thanos in The Avengers 2, which is planned for release in the same summer as Justice League. Yet it's far too early to call either film. Until a director and cast starts to come together for Justice League, it'll still inevitably feel like it's chasing The Avengers' coattails. But you never know - it may yet be a decent film...


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I think this was a given really and since Thanos is bascially a rip off of Darkseid, DC could really upstage Marvel. That is as along as this gets of the ground before the big MCU payoff. That being said, they should be concentrating on a decent strategy to get this off the ground, because at the minute they seem to be concentrating on the wrong things based on what has been leaked so far.

If they rush this film out just to try and catch Marvel it's going to be rubbish. I just hope Marvel save Thanos as the main villain for Avengers 3.

Also Latino Review said that a Black Panther film was going to be in Phase 2 so they can't always be trusted...

I think starting off with Darkseid could be a bad idea. He's pretty much DC's biggest villain and should be saved for a later installment. I'd rather see Brainiac, Doomsday or The Injustice League.

As much as I have tried to like them I really cannot muster any enthusiasm for DC's roster of characters outside of Superman and Batman - most of the other heroes are bland and the majority of their villains are unmemorable. The more news appears about this film the more I am reminded of the increasing apathy I felt towards the Green Lantern movie in the months before its release and we all know how that turned out...

Darkseid may have come first but Thanos is a much more interesting character, even in the minutiae such as his look and his costume.

I might prefer to see them up against one of the more lesser know but more interesting villains like Solomon Grundy or Chronos who both have a decent enough back story and possess powers which are much more interesting than being 'essentially a god'.

I honestly can not see how this film can be anywhere near as good as Avengers simply because they'll only have the Superman film to build from. The Avengers was vastly better for having followed Iron Man, Thor and Captain America and the Justice League film will have to successfully juggle multiple characters in a way that I don't think any blockbuster has done before. Personally I may be biased as a reader of mostly Marvel comics but it just seems like Warner Bros have missed the boat with this one. Unless Avengers 2 is really poor, I think the DC character films will lose out to the Marvel ones as fans inevitably become a bit jaded with the volume of superhero films coming out.

Yeah, you don't just start with Darkseid. He's the Big Bad, the final Boss.
The third movie's villain.
This news, if true, has me even more worried that this movie will be an adaptation of the New-52's first Justice League story..
Awful, AWFUL book, that.

Yawn. Just a desperate attempt to play catch up with Marvel.

I'm sure he has gone up against the Justice League before, but Solomon Grundy doesn't seem epic enough to challenge an entire posse of superheroes. And with regards to DC versus Marvel, I'm not convinced there is that big a difference between them (and I say this as a 'DC person'); i think it just depends which you read more (and which stories you've read.)

Not epic enough? He's basically DC's Hulk - and an invincible zombie to boot. Hollywood loves zombies!

I think Marvel had many more crowd-pleasers. Even before I became an avid comic reader at about the age of ten I could have named, just from occasional film and TV exposure, the following Marvel heroes and villains: Spidey, Hulk, Cap, Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Wasp, Wolverine, Professor X, Cyclops, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, all the FF, Doctor Doom, Doc Ock, The Lizard, Electro, Mysterio, Rhino, Juggernaut, Galactus, The Silver Surfer, Prince Namor, Doctor Strange, Red Skull, Kraven, Green Goblin, Kingpin, The Punisher, Sandman, Scorpio, Vulture, Black Cat, Armadillo, Magneto, Skrulls, Ultron, Ice Man, Spider Woman, Captain Marvel,

From DC I would have only gotten Supes, Bats, Wonder Woman, Flash, Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Lex Luthor, Zod, Two Face, Hugo Strange, Killer Croc, Gorilla Grodd and Solomon Grundy

IMHO, Darkseid is too big to be squandered as the villain for the opening film. If they want escalating sequels, they shouldn't blow their load so early. There are plenty of powerful characters in the DC verse that could pose a challenge to the JL for their first run without having to use Darkseid. Luthor, Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad, Brainiac, Doomsday, or some combo could all get the job done.

Marvel's definitely had more exposure on film and TV over the last couple of decades. I don't think it's necessarily because of a difference in the comic characters though. Again, it just depends which you read more. I know most of the Marvel characters you mentioned, though a lot of that is only since Marvel's domination at the box office.

Essentially while Avengers established the characters and gave us a glimps at the bad guy so everyone has time to research and familiarise with the villain in the Guardians of the galaxy movie - spending the first film re-enacting some of the comic storylines which are embedded in their minds.

Meanwhile... The justice league movie introduces us to characters who have not had films in recent year including Wonder Woman whose reputation has been destroyed in the Dc universe.

The Justice league movie is going to suck.

The only reason the Justice league movie is going to have Darkseid is due to him being the only villain who can compete with Thanos and try to win over the fans.

Dc is rushing things. The heros shouldve been established as were the avengers. With little to no knowledge of the heros, non-comic-readers will have no idea whats going on. And to only have the superman movie to stand on. The jl movie is gonna waste so much time introducing everyone. And they should start with maybe a colabo of lesser but well known villains and build up to darkseid..

Thing is we can't really give proper critique untill the movie actually comes out. However I do think that WB and DC could have damaged the movie by releasing it during the same summer of the second installment of The Avengers (which has already proven to be a hit with the audience.) Speaking as a Media Student, I would love to see this film do well, but it will not suprise me if it is a complete let down. The Avengers has put up some stiff competition and an extreamly high standard. Then again so did Batman.

How about Doomsday, Darkseid, Time Commander, Reverse Flash (Prof. Zoom), Sinestro, Psycho Pirate, and whoever else you might think is BIG and BAD?

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