No threat is big enough for superheroes. Every year we see half a dozen of movies and TV shows with comic book superheroes saving the world. The fans just love it. Marvel and DC, biggest names here, have launched shared film universes in which multiple films take place in a single universe. Marvel was the front-runner as its Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off with the 2008 film Iron Man. DC and the studio behind DC Extended Universe (DCEU) Warner Bros, jumped on the bandwagon later with 2013 film Man of Steel.
As we have seen, Marvel has already launched 17 films, almost all of which have been received well by both critics and audiences. DC’s films have had a rougher journey with only Wonder Woman leaving a lasting impression on critics, although other films too have been commercially successful. The real test of DCEU was to be Justice League that released today. The reviews, let us say, aren’t what Warner Bros/DC were expecting. But it is not the end. There are already about a half a dozen DC Extended Universe movies in the pipeline.
As a fan of both, I could not be more delighted with this rivalry, even if my slight favourite DC is currently losing (but that is about to change). And I would be even happier if the two studios joined hands and launched a shared franchise with the superheroes of both Avengers and Justice League. If that sounds absolutely ridiculous, there is precedent in comics. A limited series called JLA/Avengers was launched by DC Comics and Marvel Comics from September 2003 to March 2004. I will not spoil the story in case you guys might want to read it. But let’s say it was amazing and just what you would expect and did justice to both the iconic teams. The superheroes of Justice League of America and Avengers were pitted into battle by the Grandmaster (yes, the same character that Jeff Goldblum played in Thor: Ragnarok) and Krona, a universe-destroying DC character which can be said to be Grandmaster’s DC equivalent. A lot happens in the series after that, and I suggest you really do read it.
All right. For a nerd like me, this would be the fulfillment of my ultimate dream if Justice League and Avengers do come together in a movie or, preferably, a movie franchise. It does not matter whether they follow the comic book series’ story-line. All that matters is, every nerd in the world deserves this. Just imagine Batman fighting Captain America, Superman duking it out with the Incredible Hulk, and Wonder Woman in combat against the Mighty Thor. This is a stuff of dreams. Hell, I would be happy if they fight together to defeat the duo of Thanos and Darkseid!
Now let’s talk logistics. Both Marvel and DC have cast the main characters of the superhero teams already so it won’t be a problem hunting for actors (we are still to see Green Lantern, though). Hans Zimmer always does an excellent job, so he would be my choice of composer. The choice of director, though, might be an issue here as while Taika Watiti is hot right now, and no doubt he is an immensely talented guy, I would prefer James Gunn. He already has considerable experience in handling multiple superheroes with his brilliant work on Guardians of the Galaxy and I do not think any other director is up to the task. It would be difficult even for Gunn, but if there is any person who can do it, it is him. Also, we do not need Thor: Ragnarok’s irreverent tone in the JLA/Avengers movie, do we? It just would not look good.
So what do you say?