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Miller Testing For JUSTICE LEAGUE
Author: Bill Ramey
Monday, October 15, 2007

Apparently, director George Miller is casing young for JUSTICE LEAGUE.

According to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, Miller is seeing several young actors that can grow into the roles over the course of a series of JL films. Here’s a bit from the story:

“Director George Miller flew in Saturday from his native Australia for a marathon casting session that started Sunday and continues Monday, seeing 35-40 actors test for roles in the comic book movie.

Miller is seeing about four or five actors for the parts of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter, with a few overlaps. A few nonhero parts might be testing as well.

On the roll call are Adam Brody (Fox's ‘The O.C.’), Joseph Cross (‘Running With Scissors‘), D.J. Cotrona (‘Windfall‘), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (‘Grindhouse‘), Michael Angarano (‘Sky High‘), Teresa Palmer (‘Wolf Creek‘), Max Thieriot (‘Jumper‘) and rapper Common.

The cast of NBC's ‘Friday Night Lights’ is well-represented as well, with Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Porter also among those testing for parts. No costumes are involved in the tests, which are being taped as actors read script pages.

If the names feel young, it's because Miller is looking for actors to grow into their roles over the course of several movies. Sources say Miller, known to be a methodical director, is testing not only for the roles themselves but how the actors interact with one another while keeping an eye on the look of the whole group. The director is due to present his findings to the studio midweek.”

OPINION: So much for that JL will spawn solo films for Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Flash BS. And it certainly looks as if my desire to see The Batman portrayed older in JL isn’t going to happen -- which I think is a big mistake. Having the JL version of Batman be older -- a “seasoned vet” if you will -- was the best way to differentiate this version of Bats from Chris Nolan’s as played by Christian Bale.

On the other hand, this has “CGI” -- or at least some sort of coputer generated imagery -- written all over it. In fact, I was told this past week that JL may be done in the style of 300, SIN CITY -- even SKY CAPTIAN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW was mentioned to me.

If that’s the case and they go this route, then JUSTICE LEAGUE will be clearly different from the established Batman and Superman film franchises.

Here’s hoping.

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