Mark Millar: Justice League Movie Could Waste $200m
Comic book guru questions wisdom of DC Comics ensemble piece...
Comic book writer Justice League.
The man behind Kick-Ass - who also works as a creative consultant for 20th Century Fox - described rival studio Warner Bros' plan as "an excellent way of losing $200 million".
Speaking to SciFiNow, Millar argued that DC's characters - including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman - are dated and less cinema-friendly than those owned by Marvel.
"The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they're in a really weird time," he said.
And singling out Green Lantern, he added: "His power is that he manifests green plasma from his imagination and uses them as weapons against someone?
"Even that in itself if you just imagine then watching a fight scene with a guy who's like a hundred feet away making plasma manifestations fight someone - it's not exactly raucous, getting up close and personal."
He also argued that The Flash's superpower might not translate well to the big screen - and questioned the logistics of portraying Aquaman in a movie.
"You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action's just a bit sucky – the best one is definitely Aquaman. Aquaman can't even talk under water.
"If you think about it in comics it's fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms?
"The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million."
The possibility of a Justice League movie is reported to hinge on the success of forthcoming Superman reboot Man Of Steel.