Rumor of the Day: Warner Bros. has another superhero team film in the works

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Sep 9, 2014

The Justice League might not be the only superteam coming to the DC Comics movie universe.

We've heard a lot over the last several months about Warner Bros.' plans for DC Comics superheroes on the big screen. We won't see another DC-inspired movie until 2016, when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally hits theaters, but the studio's already lined up nine other superhero release dates stretching all the way to 2020. While one of those dates (though we don't know which yet) is reserved for Justice League, and the Shazam! film has now been confirmed to be on the way, the rest of WB's future DC films are still mysteries, though whispers of solo films starring Wonder Woman and Aquaman abound. 

Despite all this mystery, one thing's remained relatively constant in our DC movie speculation: the Justice League. Marvel made its initial universe-building push with the Avengers and the heroes that make up that team, and with Dawn of Justice Warner Bros. seems poised to do that with the Justice League, so we're thinking a lot about a new Batman solo film, or a long-awaited Wonder Woman solo movie, or a new take on Green Lantern. But of course, there are other parts of the DC Universe to explore, and we don't just mean Justice League Dark ...

Latino Review reports that, after seeing Marvel's massive (and, to many, unexpected) box-office and critical success with Guardians of the Galaxy, Warner Bros. is hoping to develop a strong script for a film centered on cosmic team the Legion of Super-Heroes. According to Latino Review's sources, the studio has begun to "quietly" slip Legion comics to screenwriters, hoping some of those writers will have ideas that will develop into viable screenplays. If this rumor is true, it means the film is still in the very, very early stages, but it could open up an entirely new dimension of superhero filmmaking for Warner. 

Created in 1958 by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, the Legion first appeared in the pages of Adventure Comics as a group of time-traveling superhero teenagers from the 30th century. Their first appearance was initially supposed to be their last, a simple adventure in which Superboy was taken to the future by the Legion and given membership in the group, only to be returned to his own time at the end of the story. Their popularity quickly grew, though, and they eventually became a cornerstone of DC's Silver Age. Over nearly 60 years and three reboots (including a "Retroboot" that restored the team to its original lineup in 2007), the team has featured dozens of cosmic characters, including Lightning Lad, Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, Braniac 5, Superboy himself and Supergirl, and they've appeared in everything from Smallville to Superman: The Animated Series. They even got their own animated series, which ran for two seasons on The CW from 2006 to 2008. 

Like the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Legion is a team that's not a household name, even for some fairly dedicated comic-book readers, but also like the Guardians, they're a team that can bring a lot of fun to the movie mix, particularly when you consider their vast history of time-hopping, space-venturing stories. As Latino Review points out, one of their most famous adventures is The Great Darkness Saga, a 1982 story that sees the entire Legion uniting to fight a cosmic superbeing eventually revealed to be Darkseid. Now, let's all pause for a moment and think about that guy tearing up the big screen ...

As we noted before, this is still something we have to take with a grain of salt, and even if it is happening we might not see results for quite some time. It does make sense for Warners to be looking into the Legion, though, and if they pull off a movie based on this team it'll go a long way toward offering a richer, more vibrant superhero universe that can keep competing with Marvel's.

What do you think? Is the world ready for the Legion of Super-Heroes on the big screen?

(Via Latino Review)

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