A Justice League of America film will now officially compete directly with The Avenger’s 2 in the summer of 2015. Warner Bros. green lit the project and will reportedly ramp up development on it following a decisive legal victory involving the rights to Superman. Opening the door for competing super squads of epic proportion. A CLASH OF TITANS if you will. Okay. Maybe I got a little excited there. It is looking pretty legit though as DC/Warner Bros. has made it clear they want a high caliber director at the helm. As for the cast, let’s hope they go for a little more depth than Megan Fox. Why does WB want a super-squad of it’s own? Perhaps a better question is: Why WOULDN’T they want a super-squad of their own.
Can Batman go toe-to-toe with The Hulk? Could Superman beat up Captain America? I don’t know. I’m not a rocket scientist. The two superhero teams will indeed clash at the box office in the summer of 2015, as Warner Bros. looks to sign a director and all star cast within the near future. Having had talks with The Wachowski Brothers and Ben Affleck about directing, it seems they are willing to spend a pretty penny on bringing a Hall of Justice to the big screen in top class fashion. Why are all the cool kids making movies about superhero teams these days? Because effective team synergy is a powerful thing. Let’s take a look.
Courage, Home, Heart, Brain — Baum in his Wizard of Oz characters managed to capture the essence of four personalities. Four distinct patterns of attitude and action that have been observed again and again in human beings for over two thousand years.
— Please Understand Me II, p. 17
Kal El or Clark Kent also known as Superman is a concerned, authoritative and security seeking Man of Steel who’s sanctuary is the Fortress of Solitude. The Big Blue Boyscout is characterized by his indestructible physicality, his strict code of ethics, and his indomitable will. Super-dependable, outstandingly dutiful, and extremely persevering, Superman is a classic Guardian; and knows as all Guardians do, that with great power comes great responsibility. Indeed Superman adheres to the idea that actions speak louder than words, and takes the responsibility of defending Earth and its inhabitants very seriously.
The Dark Knight or Bruce Thomas Wayne also known as Batman is the excited, impulsive, and stimulation seeking Caped Crusader who is an arrogant billionaire industrialist and notorious playboy by day, and a ruthless masked vigilante by night. The World’s Greatest Detective is characterized by his extreme martial talent, his stealth and rogue-like abilities, and his skillful use of expensive gadgets. Bold, daring, and audacious with a strict adherence to utility Batman is a great example of an Artisan. Indeed Batman has a thick skin and is a hard-nosed utilitarian, doing whatever it takes to get the job done.
Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman is the enthusiastic, intuitive, and identity seeking Amazonian Princess who corrals evildoers with her Lasso of truth. The Mighty Maiden is characterized by her immortal disposition, her noble demeanor, and her altruistic attitude. Empathic, authentic, and highly intuitive Wonder Woman is a classic Idealist; and knows as most Idealists’ do that success is achieved by working together.
Hal Jordan aka The Green Lantern is the calm, reasonable, and deference seeking Ringed Wonder who uses a ring of power to synthesize his imagination. The Emerald Knight is characterized by his his resolute demeanor, his pragmatic mindset, and his thirst for knowledge. Autonomous, calm, and achievement oriented, Green Lantern makes for a good example of an intergalactic Rational, and knows as all Rationals do; that knowledge is power.
Anthony Edward Stark a.k.a. Iron Man is an intelligent, inventive, and ingenious engineer who created a mechanical suit to save his life. The Armored Avenger is characterized by his mechanical aptitude and inventive genius, being a billionaire industrialist Stark is constantly tinkering with and improving his mechanical suit. Innovative, scientific, analytical and systematic Tony Stark makes for a wonderful example of a Rational. Certainly Stark is the brains of The Avengers and uses his cold, analytical mind to keep him and his super-friends on the right track.
Captain America is the stalwart, stoic, and commanding ‘first avenger’ who defends justice with his iconic and indestructible shield. The Sentential of Liberty is characterized by his tough-minded demeanor, his unyielding physicality, and his disciplined mindset. Dutiful, authoritative, and highly dependable with a strict code of ethics Captain America is a classic Guardian. A born leader, Captain America ‘lead’s by example’ and is the back-bone of the Avengers, much like Guardians are the back-bone of society.
The Hulk is a wild, ferocious, raging humanoid monster that comes out when Doctor Robert Bruce Banner gets excited. The not-so-jolly green giant was inspired by the classic tale of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and is characterized by his instinctual nature, his impulsive physicality, and his fearless disposition. Adaptable, audacious, excitable, and hedonistic The Hulk is highly representative of an Artisan. Undoubtedly The Hulk simply does what works, as all Artisans do, and will do whatever is necessary to get the job done.
Thor Odinson is a mystical, altruistic, brave and mighty warrior from another world who fights primarily for his native realm of Asgard. The God of Thunder is characterized by his noble demeanor, his humble yet high-spirited attitude, and his selfless acts of valor. Diplomatic, enthusiastic, empathetic, and highly independent Thor makes for a great example of an Idealist. Thor is the glue that holds the Avengers together, and is always sacrificing himself for the greater good.
Iron Man 3 released its first trailer today:
ALSO: reports say that given a 2015 JLA release date, WB will go for what is essentially a reverse Marvel methodology: establishing characters in a linear universe individually AFTER doing an ensemble film.
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