Could The Ultimate Justice League Be The Ultimate Movie?

Avatar image for captain13
#1 Edited by Captain13 (4659 posts) - - Show Bio
Art by Ken Lashley
Art by Ken Lashley
In 2002, Wizard Magazine (R.I.P) released it's 136th issue, which featured an article about how DC Comics could create an "Ultimate" universe akin to Marvel's. Wizard, working with Drax Hall Studios (R.I.P.), updated DC's most recognizable properties while trying to remain true to what made those properties famous.
"We took the blueprints at what made Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men a success, and built upon the characters' foundations, keeping 'em classic yet contemporary, with a wrinkle or three that adds something new to the mythos... After countless hours of planning, there's no doubt in our minds that these books could go toe-to-toe with the Ultimate Marvel Universe."
Of course, Wizard's take on DC's biggest heroes has not been turned into a book by DC yet. But maybe their ideas could fuel Warner Bros.'s Justice League project? A big concern for the fans of any property translated onto the big screen is how well a property is adapted. Fans were concerned that the plot of Justice League would be too complicated after rumors circulated that Darkseid would be featured in the first Justice League film. And now that Justice League scribe Will Beale's Gangster Squad has been released, fans are concerned that Justice League could be too shallow. Wizard's Ultimate Justice League has the blue prints of how to do Justice League right:
"Clark Kent—Superman—awakes with a start. Standing before him is the ghostly image of a shriveled, alien-looking creature. "He is coming," the apparition states before dissipating in the breeze. "He is coming."
The same strange visitation replays itself to John Stewart as he foils a bank robbery. To Bruce Wayne as he rides an elevator in WayneTech, to Barry Allen, and Wonder Woman, all of them telepathically warned by J'onn J'onzz, the last survivor of the planet Mars. The same great evil that destroyed Mars is coming to Earth, and this Martian hunts men for a super-league capable of defeating it.
The Dark Knight, the Man of Steel, the Amazon, the Emerald Gladiator and the Fastest Man Alive come together as the JLA when J'onzz pleads to them for help against an evil no one hero can defeat "Mars burned for 200 years after he came," J'onzz says. "Everyone died. Everyone but me....
After he destroyed Mars, he came to Earth,” laments J’ozz to the newly formed League. “But there was nothing to conquer. He killed the dominant species—your dinosaurs—and marked your Earth as a viable future world to subjugate. His…no, its name is Despero, the immortal leader of his warlike race. He comes alone, conquers by his own hand and proves his status of God to his people. I have felt his mind. He is coming.”
Wizard Continues:
As the team races to learn everything they can about Despero and the Martian/human technology of the JLA’s Manhattan HQ, Despero crashes to Earth in a fiery ball of death. Towering over seven feet tall, the alien wreaks havoc through the U.N., brutally killing every delegate inside and donning the UN’s flag as a symbol of his power. His next step is to murder the U.S. president, as Despero cuts a path of destruction through all U.S. resistance. Eventually catching up to him, the hastily assembled Justice League face the would-be conqueror as their first mission…and their first failure. Even though they eventually defeat Despero, they may soon have to contend with an entire race of Desperos; having retreated behind Saturn, the rudderless army gives pause to ponder what to do with the one planet that’s managed to defeat their god."
Wizard's Ultimate Justice League idea could translate well to the big screen if it were mixed together with elements of Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier, possibly DC Comics's most critically acclaimed Justice League origin story. And if Warner really wants to only use the Big Five Justice League members, they could replace the Martian Manhunter with almost any other alien.
Of course, this is all just food for thought.
Avatar image for jonsmith
#2 Posted by JonSmith (4497 posts) - - Show Bio

If that's the set up, and the League, I'm down for it. Sounds good.

Avatar image for lvenger
#3 Posted by lvenger (28163 posts) - - Show Bio

It's kind of lame that Desparo would kill the dinosaurs in that movie. I'd be disappointed if something like that cropped up in the JL film. But not too bad though it sounds like a reverse Avengers in all honesty. Except the team is fighting Thanos first whilst the Chitauri wait to make their move if you understand my analogy.

Avatar image for outlawrenegade
#4 Posted by OutlawRenegade (1394 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd pay money to see this. Hopefully Warner does something pretty close to this blueprint.

Avatar image for darkman61288
#5 Edited by darkman61288 (969 posts) - - Show Bio

I like the idea of an ultimate dcu. In the movie they should fight the Centre of New Frontier.

Avatar image for fatihbatman
#6 Posted by FatihBATMAN (1395 posts) - - Show Bio

epic beyond proportions

Avatar image for avenging_x_bolt
#7 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (16435 posts) - - Show Bio

If they seriously plan on turning Martian Manhunter into E.T than you can count me out.

Avatar image for thecannon
#8 Posted by TheCannon (20267 posts) - - Show Bio

I like it all except for the ending about the New Frontier. That was pure sh*t.

Avatar image for queenfrost_
#9 Edited by queenfrost_ (2613 posts) - - Show Bio

I think the new 52 is just one big ploy for a DC movieverse reboot

Avatar image for sethysquare
#10 Posted by sethysquare (3965 posts) - - Show Bio

I like the idea of an ultimate justice league. I was hoping DC could do an ultimate line with Earth One.

We are already getting Earth One Batman and Superman, an upcoming Wonder Woman.

I'm holding my breath for a Earth One Justice League graphic novel.

Avatar image for soa
#11 Posted by SoA (6213 posts) - - Show Bio

if that was the setup for the movie it would be awesome lol

Avatar image for captain13
#12 Posted by Captain13 (4659 posts) - - Show Bio

It would be cool if each character had his/her own commercial like these:

Loading Video...
Loading Video...
Loading Video...
Loading Video...
Loading Video...
Avatar image for superdork
#13 Posted by Superdork (1035 posts) - - Show Bio

@Captain13: Those videos are a great find!

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.