Miller’s Justice League Up, Up and Away

Warner Bros. and Happy Feet director George Miller are pushing forward with their live-action feature film based on DC Comics’ Justice League franchise. According to Daily Variety, the film is on track for a 2009 debut now that the writers’ strike is over and screenwriters Kieran and Michele Mulroney have a chance to rework the script. Pre-production is currently underway in Miller’s homeland of Australia.

Some casting decisions were made before the strike, and it was feared that some of the actors wouldn’t be available once the production got back on track. However, The O.C.‘s Adam Brody is apparently still set to portray The Flash, playing opposite Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) as Superman, Armie Hammer (Flicka) as Batman, rapper Common (Smokin’ Aces) as Green Lantern and Megan Gale (Stealth) as Wonder Woman.

Having directed the Mad Max movies, Miller is no stranger to high-octane action and is expected to create a new summer tent pole with Justice League, which may launch spin offs focusing on singular characters from the DC universe. However, the director does have his work cut out for him in topping Warner Bros. Animation’s latest animated feature, Justice League: The New Frontier, which was released on home video on Tuesday. His film also has to stack up to Christopher Nolan’s new take on Batman. His Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight, bows in theaters this summer.

Warner Bros. is also attempting to launch a superhero franchise in Watchmen, director Zack Snyder’s adaptation of DC’s best-selling graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Scheduled for released on March 6, 2009, the film is now in production, but may be stalled due to a law suit filed by 20th Century Fox over rights.