The Illuminerdi has exclusively learned that the Justice Society Of America is being evaluated for their own feature film following their appearance in Black Adam, pending the public’s reception to the movie.
The upcoming DCEU, Black Adam, film is expected to see the silver screen debut of the JSA, the original superhero team. According to an inside source, if reception is positive, it could lead to a franchise all of their own. The architects of the DCEU will be watching the critical, commercial and fan reception towards the JSA very closely when Black Adam hits theaters on Dec. 22, 2021.
Now, before you bust out your Mr. Terrific pajamas, it’s important to realize that this JSA film is far from materializing. To call it a film in development would be an exaggeration, as it has no cast or crew attached at this time. However, Warner Brothers is now considering this property as an option while they move forward with Black Adam‘s pre-production.
A Brief History of The JSA
All Star Comics #3 was released in the winter of 1940 and featured the Golden Age team’s debut appearance, making them the oldest superhero team in comic book history. Despite their seniority, they’ve never been the most popular team and have a rather convoluted history.
Recently, however, they’ve seen a resurgence in popularity. The team debuted in the Arrowverse on season two of Legends Of Tomorrow back in 2016, although that adaptation was…less than ideal. To give you an idea of what I mean, just take a look at the Dr. Midnite costume.
The team has also appeared on Smallville (There’s a surprisingly fantastic Dr. Fate costume in “Absolute Justice”, Kent Nelson fans) and will continue their DCTV legacy on Stargirl, which looks to do the team justice in live action before the DCEU gets the chance.
The upcoming Dwayne Johnson-led DCEU film Black Adam is confirmed to feature the debut silver screen appearance of the classic team. Black Adam has a long history with the team, particularly with Al Rothstein AKA Atom Smasher.
Atom Smasher will join Cyclone, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Dr. Fate in Black Adam, and as such it seems reasonable to expect these characters to appear in the JSA film, should it be officially added to the DCEU’s upcoming slate. Other classic DC characters synonymous with the team include The Spectre, The Flash (Jay Garrick), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), and The Sandman.
While those are some of the most famous members, the roster has seen dozens of heroes join its ranks throughout the years, and it’s extremely exciting to think about what the DCEU lineup could look like. If they include Wildcat, I just hope the supersuit is of a higher caliber than that of the Stargirl incarnation.
The Justice Society Of America laid the foundation for the ensemble acts synonymous with superheroics today, and it’s time they got their due. Hopefully Black Adam can make that happen. The DCEU deserves a premiere superhero team, and since the Justice League didn’t pan out, perhaps their all-american predecessors could fill that role.
Would you like to see a Justice Society Of America film? If it does come to fruition, can DC finally get their costumes right? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on social media.