With Guardians Of The Galaxy on the cusp of earning $300 million domestically and becoming this year's top box office hit, what is DC's counter-strategy? Do they have their own version of a hero team in space? The answer is YES!
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.
Is Legion Of Superheroes part of the unannounced nine upcoming DC films Warners is planning? Not sure. With Guardians Of The Galaxy officially making more money domestically than Man Of Steel it's probably under strong consideration. Post Guardians Of The Galaxy, studios are hot for space properties. Disney not only has Guardians Of The Galaxy, but the rumored Inhumans under the Marvel banner. Let's also not forget the upcoming Star Wars films. Fox got Avatar sequels in the pipeline and Paramount got the upcoming Interstellar.
Created by Otto Binder, The Legion Of Superheroes is a superhero team set in the 30th and 31st centuries. The Legion first made their appearance in Adventure Comics #247 which debuted in April of 1958.
The Legion Of Superheroes have a very rich history and have gone through four major reboots. Let's meet the three founding members.
COSMIC BOY (Rokk Krinn)
Cosmic Boy's superpower is super-magnetism. He can manipulate, repel or attract metal objects of varying sizes.
SATURN GIRL (Imra Ardeen)
Saturn Girl can summon distant people; probe human, electronic, and animal minds; "push" weakened minds, and even directly control others' thoughts and emotions.
LIGHTNING LAD (Garth Ranzz)
Lightning Lad has the ability to generate electricity within his own body without harming himself. This electricity he is able to discharge in the form of potent "lightning bolts"
There have been numerous other members to join the Legion over the years that I'm sure we will see in listicle articles over the week. The Legion have an association with Superman and are also time travelers. In it's most recent incarnation (the new 52) Legion Lost featured a different team stranded on 21st century Earth on a mission to save the future and are forced to remain there after contracting a pathogen that could destroy the 31st century if they returned.
One of the best books out there feature all members of the Legion going up against Darkseid - The Great Darkness Saga.
I wouldn't be surprised if there is a debunk attempt but I trust the source. Will update the story if I hear more. Stay tuned as more develops and chime in your thoughts below. What do you guys think? Would Legion Of Superheroes make a hot movie?