Don’t Believe These Dodgy Justice League Movie Rumours – They’re Just A Symptom Of The Blogosphere

justice leagueDoing the rounds today is what I assume is a piece of Justice League fan fiction by somebody looking for attention and a way to while away the lonely evenings. It could, I suppose, by a work of Justice League fan fiction by somebody with more malicious intent, but those are really the only options.

It certainly isn’t anything to do with Warner Bros.’ plans.

The first to blog about it were Live for Film. I’ll be quoting from their story which, they say, is based on an e-mail received from a “good Samaritan.”

The story has since ascended to Aint It Cool, and while that report by Nordling is suitably sceptical, I don’t know if their headline – So This Might Be The Plot For Justice League – really reflects the attitude as well as might be ideal.

Still, they’re only passing it on, and Nordling does have his own commentary to add.

Let’s have a look at some key bits from the original scoop.*

I can unofficially confirm that the movie WILL use Henry Cavill’s Superman, as well as an already established Batman (who has been left open enough to use Nolan’s John Blake if the situation were to arise *wink wink*)

Immediate claptrap.

How would the script relate that it’s Henry Cavill’s Superman we’re dealing with? Does it refer back to events in Man of Steel? Even if it does, how would this… this… storyteller know? Have they seen Man of Steel? Maybe they could start by telling us what actually happens in that movie, eh?

And how do you “leave open” an entire character throughout an entire script? How can the writing possibly be so vague that this Batman might be John Blake or it might not?

The only way, I suppose, is if the story doesn’t give us any back story on the character, nor any time where Batman has the mask off, living as his alter ego – whichever alter ego it is.

That sounds utterly preposterous to me, but let’s pretend that the script doesn’t do either of those things, somehow, and for some reason. There’s still no indication that the writers might intend the character to be John Blake. You might as well say it’s left open enough that he could really be, I dunno… the well-loved British character actor, Trevor Slattery. He’s good at pretending to be things he isn’t.

Following the events of Man of Steel, NASA and Lex Luthor begin sending signals out into space to attract other alien beings which reach Apokolips, prompting an invasion of “Hunger Dogs” sent by Darkseid and lead by Kalibak, Orion, and the Female Furies.

That’s an awful lot of truly outlandish characters at once and I think they’d be a hard swallow for the mainstream movie audience. And do note that none of them are mentioned specifically again, nor what it is they do on Earth once they invade. There isn’t even a full plot being imagined here, just a list of baddies, left to do presumably baddie-ish things.

Superman and Batman, knowing they won’t be able to fight them alone, recruit the help of Green Lantern, (who’s left open to be either Ryan Reynold’s Hal Jordan or John Stewart, either way they’ll be using the already established Green Lantern corps from the Martin Campbell film)

Again – how does one a write a script and not determine who the characters being portrayed actually are? How could writers finish an entire screenplay, integrating plot and character, and not actually have introduced any specific character to their characters?

Whoever made up this string of lies has no idea at all of how a screenplay works.

J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter (who is confirmed as not being CGI)

Not something that would be in a script. And almost certainly not something that would have been decided yet.

As I don’t want to give away too much information, I’ll leave it as that but the movie will absolutely blow your mind

Read: I can’t be bothered to make anything else up. Or, maybe: even a simple story is too much effort, but lists of villains… I can do.

filled with cameos of lesser known heroes and villains (like Lobo and the baddies Mongrul and Sinestro to name a few!)

Another wave of fanbait namedropping. Ironically, a very popular complaint about in-development superhero movies is how they appear to be trying to stuff too much in. Just check out our forum anytime there’s a story about Days of Future Past.

The heroes save the day, and the army of “Hunger Dogs” retreat back to Apokolips

Having done what for the length of the movie? Just beat up on Earthlings? Is there no actual story here, just a really long fight?

a furious Darkseid punishes Kalibak while Orion begins to question his loyalty to his father. Darkseid then goes to the furthest depths of Apokolips to release a prisoner known only as “Doomsday” and sets the movie up immediately for a sequel following a quick glimpse of the baddest villain in the DC universe.

Well, they’ve bothered to make up the end because, as everybody knows, fanboys get excited about those sequel teasers.

If I wouldn’t feel so guilty about it, I’d sit down now and e-mail out a handful of obviously fake stories to blogs and websites and then report back to you on the gullible mugs that pass it all on without question. It would work, I have no doubt about it.

It’s just preposterous how many question-mark laden headlines are attached to transparently ridiculous claims out there in the blogosphere.

Part of the problem is how the amount of “unique users” or “page views” a site can pull in within a month can be used as leverage with PRs, studios and marketing agencies to try and get into early screenings, secure interviews, and get other things that seem to motivate the world of bloggers.

But if those PRs, studios and agencies actually dug into how the flow of traffic worked, where it come from and how that audience actually uses the site in question – ie. a site that gets all of its traffic through referrals from other, more trusted sources isn’t necessarily a good bet for continued success; a site that gets more visits to its homepage than any single given story is likely to have developed its own, meaningful audience – then this would be much less of an issue.

Bloggers would then worry more about the long term, about fostering strong ties, and about cultivating a relationship, even rapport with their readers – and less about “This’ll get us a link on Ain’t It Cool.”

*A full scoop. Heaped, even. Of you-know-what.

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