Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige was asked what advice he would give to Warner Bros. regarding their planned adaptation of DC Comics’ Justice League. Marvel and DC Comics have always been rival comic companies after all.
On the other hand, Marvel has put their character library out there with seven hit superhero movies in the last five years, while Warner Bros. which owns DC Comics seems slow to do so.
Here’s ‘a little taste of hypocrisy’ from Feige:
I don’t know. I’m sure they have smart people over there who have a plan and know what they’re doing. Man of Steel looks like it’s going to be awesome and obviously Dark Knight is awesome. I don’t know. It’s what I say all the time and have said over the years, which is, have confidence in the characters, believe in the source material, don’t be afraid to stay true to all of the elements of the characters no matter how seemingly silly or crazy they are. I don’t know, I think the Marvel characters have a bit of a leg up for all the reasons that Marvel fans are aware of in terms of the emotional complexity of the characters and the flawed nature of the characters. Those are obviously the elements we want to accentuate amongst all the action.
He also gave DC credit for having some fantastic stories and creating the superhero team-up in the first place with the Justice League comics:
I think there have been a lot of great DC stories and there are a lot of great DC characters, and if they focus on those things the audience will be interested. It was a very unique model that we were lucky enough to be able to do – introducing each individual hero before introducing The Avengers. That, to me, is what was always interesting about The Avengers. The Avengers are not The Guardians of the Galaxy, are not The Dirty Dozen, where you spend a movie introducing each character and putting them together for the first time. The Avengers was cool because they were preexisting characters that teamed up for a big event. I think that’s why Justice League was cool, Justice League was first. That’s what they did first in comic form.
However, the Warner Bros. believe they’ve created a bankable movie superhero with Man of Steel, which is a step in the right direction for DC and Justice League.
Zack Snyder will be then asked to direct a Justice League film with no definitive word on who will pen the script. David S. Goyer will reportedly cook up something new.