Is Warner Brothers Developing A Legion Of Super-Heroes Movie?

Legion of Superheroes

Marvel surprised us all with their risky and wacky space opera, Guardians of the Galaxy, and now a new report has come out suggesting that Warner Brothers is looking to cash in on that success themselves. According to El Mayimbe of Latino Review, the studio is thinking about putting a film adaptation of the Legion of Super-Heroes into development.

Guardians has already passed the domestic box office total of Man of Steel, and is at the brink of crossing $300 million in the US. Now, Latino Review’s sources claim that WB is developing a counter-strategy to bring their own cosmic superhero team to life on the big screen. Here’s what El Mayimbe reported late Monday night:

“According to sources, Warners is quietly sending out the DC comic book Legion Of Superheroes to screenwriters & their reps for takes. For non-industry folks, what that means is that screenwriters check out the comic book and come up for a movie idea involving the characters from that comic. Those writers then go to the studio to pitch their idea. The studio then hires the screenwriter they feel has the best idea or take for the film.”

He later admits that there will likely be a “debunk attempt” at some point, but reaffirms the trust in his source.

For those who are unaware, the Legion of Super-Heroes are a superhero team set in the 30th and 31st centuries. They first debuted in Adventure Comics #247 in 1958 and have gone through a handful of reboots over the years. The three founding members are Rokk Krinn a.k.a. Cosmic Boy, who shares similar magnetism powers as X-Men‘s Magneto; Imra Ardeen a.k.a. Saturn Girl, a talented telepath; and GarthRanzz a.k.a. Lightning Lad, who can generate electricity within his own body and fire off lightning bolts.

The Legion are also time travelers, and have a working relationship with Superman. In the New 52 relaunch, the Legion were shown as a different team stranded in the 21st Century, after time traveling to save the future and forced to stay behind after contracting a dangerous pathogen that could destroy the 31st Century if they ever returned. The Legion of Superheroes have appeared in live action before as ell, in a few episodes of Smallville‘s final seasons.

I personally don’t doubt that a project like this could work, but find it highly unlikely that Warner Bros. would jump into a Legions film this early into the shiny new DC Cinematic Universe. There’s a chance that Legion of the Super-Heroes could be one of the nine untitled DC projects currently in development, but with heroes like Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Batman, the Flash and Green Lantern expected to get their own films, along with the Shazam movie starring Dwayne Johnson, it’s highly unlikely that there’s room right now for the Legion. 

As always, we’ll keep you informed about any updates on this rumor as they come in. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on a potential Legion of Super-Heroes movie in the comment section.