It’s been a while since we have had some decent Justice League of America news, has it not? Fear not, fair readers, today we’ve got some news that feels very solid around the pre-production activities of director George Miller (Happy Feet) and the rest of the JLA crew. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that George Miller is not only in the states (rather than being at home in Australia), but he has set up shop for 2 day cast-a-thon to look at 35-40 actors who are testing for the roles of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter. And as THR points out, the field of actors that turned out to read for the parts is decidedly young:
“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.”
Sources have said that Miller is intentionally seeking younger actors for the roles with the hope that they will be able to grow together as an ensemble that can be stretched across a series of films. Needless to say, that mindset fits into previous rumblings out of the Warner Brothers camp that are saying that WB is looking for Justice League to not only be a big budget tentpole flick for one summer, but multiple summers to come. But then again, with Justice League of America potentially not hitting theaters until well into 2009, we’ve got plenty of time to debate its potential franchise power.