Studio going full speed with superhero film

Now that the writers strike has been resolved, Warner Bros. is pushing ahead with its plans to make “Justice League” in time for a 2009 debut.

Warners tried to get “Justice League” into production earlier, but put it on indefinite hold in January, allowing the cast options to expire (Daily Variety, Jan. 16). At the time, the studio said it didn’t want to move ahead until the scribes had another shot at the script.

Scribes Kieran and Michele Mulroney are busy polishing up the script, which is expected back at the studio in several weeks, and the cast has been advised to keep training for their superhero roles. Director George Miller is in pre-production in Australia.

Adam Brody, cast as the Flash, is the biggest star in the superhero lineup. Rapper Common nabbed the Green Lantern role; other roles went to lesser-known thesps such as Armie Hammer Jr. (Batman) and Megan Gale (Wonder Woman).

“Justice League,” based on a DC Comic, is a huge priority for the studio and considered a launching pad for future superhero projects down the line.

Warners needs another tentpole for its 2009 slate, which is a little thin at the moment. Studio had been vying for Roland Emmerich’s “2012,” but that project went to Sony. The studio just skedded “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins” for May 22 and Spike Jonze’s “Where the Wild Things Are” for Oct. 16. The only other pic it has dated is Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen,” set for release March 6.

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