Given the preponderance of huge geek properties set to debut in 2015, expect this year to be dominated by rumors and hearsay as films like "Justice League" finally inch their way to production. Only two days into 2013 and DC's team-up film is already causing a stir with a list of rumored characters set to appear in the film.
While this list confirms the obvious-that the league will be headed by Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman-it also provides descriptions and reveals other characters set to make an appearance in the crossover.
According to Cosmic Book News's source at DC, the film will also feature Green Lantern, who "will be Ryan Reynold's character" from "Green Lantern," albeit "freshly written with a more serious tone." He'll be joined by the Flash, here billed as "the most popular hero in civilian eyes who loves media attention, but when called upon is very serious."
Other members will include Martian Manhunter, an "alien who has lived on Earth in secret for over a hundred years who has knowledge of Darkseid and his reign," and Aquaman, " the "king of Atlantis who has a key role in the film."
Some of the details surrounding the main trio of superheroes is also intriguing; Superman is said to be "essentially the same character" from "Man of Steel," as Zack Snyder is "consulting regarding the writing of the character." Batman is considered to be "the strategist of the group" who "doesn't really want to be involved with these super powered beings he considers too powerful."
As for Wonder Woman, "she has only been in man's world a few short months"; furthermore, CBN's source indicates that Michael Goldenberg is developing a script that will actually be set before the "Justice League" film itself.
Other tidbits here reveal appearances for Lois Lane, Alfred Pennyworth, Darkseid's elite, and the film's "huge military presence" that might provide the opportunity for characters from "Man of Steel" to appear.
It's worth taking all of this with a grain of salt, of course; whereas sites like Latino Review (who have confirmed Darkseid's presence as the film's villain) have a proven track record, this comes from a bit more dubious source.
At the moment, the only thing that's confirmed is Will Beale's presence as the film's screenwriter, and WB is currently shopping the project to various directors. Until a director is actually locked in, expect more of these sorts of rumors to propagate.