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Ongoing JLA Movie Saga

Well, according to Robert at IESB (Link:  http://www.iesb.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4122&Itemid=99 ), The JLA movie is postponed until after the writers strike is settled.

Here's what he wrote:

Just got a call from our trusted source in Australia involved with the pre-production of Justice League with an update on its status.

Word came down today that the film is officially on hold. This will be until, at the 
very least, after the Writers strike has been resolved. Right now it's looking like at least until June.

But for now, WB's Justice League live action movie is on hold!

Late last week, we brought you the news that a decision would be made this week regarding the status of the Justice League production and that the crew was preparing for the worst.

Well, it's a good thing they prepared because the worst has come.

Our source is solid, he's a crew member working directly on the production team down in Australia. He says the big meeting took place yesterday. They've decided on a one-week notice to all of the employees - this is a standard practice in Australian filmmaking as a courtesy when letting people go.

We've heard the crew is already looking for other work. Some crew people are literally twiddling their thumbs waiting for the one-week notice to officially be given out tomorrow. So, starting tomorrow, they've got one week left to go.

Officially the movie has not been cancelled, but put on indefinite hold.

This is confirmed and the news has filtered down to the entire production crew.

That's the latest! We'll keep you updated as it develops!

And Yes, I know, regular disclaimers apply...Grain of salt and all that hoo-ha.

The information seems to be verified at this link http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117979189.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

My feelings about this, and how it pertains to Tom Welling, I'll put after the cut.

Type your cut contents here.

Well, SHIT!

I can't really say I'm surprised.  I had a bad feeling.  After the momentary euphoria that hit when rumors started up again about Tom's possible participation in this film, I sort of felt the whole thing sliding down a steep hill.  This film just never really felt right.  All the secrecy, and misinformation, and ludicrous names that emerged for major roles in this film.  Personally, I still can't believe that there's an actor out there who didn't change his name from Armie Hammer??!!  Dude!  Are you kidding me?

Not being willing to name the cast just screamed that the project had a very little confidence behind it.  Or, it was traveling down the wrong path.  

But man, I wanted to believe.  My confidence in the blogger emijayne has sort of waned, and this Uncle Bingo blogger was always a shot in the dark.  But I wanted to believe.  Even keeping my hopes firmly in check, I still was hoping they were right.  It doesn't appear that they were.  To be honest, I'm not even sure that Tom was being reconsidered. 

And its not even as though I was dying for a JLA movie.  I'm only a superhero dabbler, not so much a devoted fan.  But I really did want to see Tommy get to play Superman on the big screen without the Gough/Millar albatross dragging him down.  And I wanted him in something with a big budget, and high profile, with a massive media blitz.  And this project seemed to fit all the criteria.  And now...*sigh*

Of course, this just compounds the fact that I have ZERO positive expectations for anything upcoming on Smallville based on the scant spoilers we have for the remainder for the season.  It just sounds like a massive pile of suck to me.

And I fear that there's probably a better then good chance Welling is about to go into full-fledged Yeti mode.  With so many actors currently looking for work, and only so many movies in production at the moment, there are only so many jobs to go around.  And a lot of young actors who are a whole lot more proactive and ambitious then our Tom.  

Not to mention a guy thats rubbing elbows with society types at the Bvlgari Holiday Dinner Party in Beverly Hills is probably not terribly worried abut his where his next paycheck is coming from. :P

God, sometimes it sucks to be an over-the-hill, silly fangurl!!  Why do I always seem to gravitate towards the actors who wish to emulate timid, woodland creatures?

And I know this is going to sound mean, but there is the possiblity that the only actor from Smallville that will land a substantial role during this strike is Kristin Kreuk!  That just doesn't seem right to me.  Of course, if it convinces her not to come back to SV for a S8...*if* there is a S8....then count me in as the newest, biggest Steet Fighter fan Ever!  ;)   Hey, if you can't be mean on your own LJ...;)


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Jan. 17th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
As usual, you just said everything I'm thinking. *sighs* Honestly, the JLA movie always sounded like a bad move for Tom, if they ever even offered it to him, but I'm so desperate to see him have a film career, I was willing to hope for it.

I'm staying away from any more spoilers and making myself stop speculating. It only makes me feel worse. I feel like all I can do now is hope the writers' strike is resolved as soon as possible, wait and see what AlMiles are going to hit me with next, and cross my fingers that S8 will be watchable. And continue to spend lots of quality time with my DVD collection.
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Sounds like you have a sound plan in place :) Spoilers can definitely make you nuts.
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
And I fear that there's probably a better then good chance Welling is about to go into full-fledged Yeti mode.

I have to agree. I hadn't been putting much stock into the JL movie rumours to begin with and wasn't about to let myself get in any way hopeful until a cast was announced. Them never announcing anything seemed fishy to me, too.

That said, Tom has rarely looked for work outside SV, even during regular hiatuses, and especially during the last two or three years. I have a feeling he's just going to take the strike as an extended vacation and then come back whenever to finish up Smallville.

Were he really that hyped up or even worried about not getting work after SV, I think he'd have been far more proactive in looking for work on a regular basis, but he hasn't. He knows he's (very likely) got a job waiting for him when the strike's over and on the off chance the CW (or WB) nixes a final SV season, something tells me he won't be looking long for something else.
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
//Were he really that hyped up or even worried about not getting work after SV, I think he'd have been far more proactive in looking for work on a regular basis, but he hasn't. He knows he's (very likely) got a job waiting for him when the strike's over and on the off chance the CW (or WB) nixes a final SV season, something tells me he won't be looking long for something else.//

I agree with this. I don't think he's stupid. If he was honestly scared about not getting work, he'd aggressively trying to get more roles. I think he's going to use this break to spend more time with his wife and family, and once SV is over, I think we'll be hearing his name about a number of film roles.
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Well, I could easily wank that he wasn't much concerned about working during the regular hiatus because its really not a huge window of opportunity, and he's probably pretty burnt after filming a season of SV. Plus, he probably likes spending some quiet time with the Mrs. So, I might not like it, but I sort of get that.

But this is a different kettle of fish. They don't even know when they'd be going back to work, with all this strike stuff. But assuming its the normal schedule, that gives Tom about 6 months downtime (maybe 7), and if he doesn't puruse work in that period of time, then I'm going to have to draw the rather depressing conclusion that he's really not all that interested in pursuing this career. Which SUCKS! btw. :(
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
It does suck for us, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's not. He seems to like what he does, certainly, but he doesn't come across to me as overly passionate about it. I do think however he deals with the strike, it'll be because it's what he wants to do, whether that's waiting until SV officially wraps for this season before going all out to look for something new, or using the time as a vacation.

Who knows, maybe he already has something lined up and is just waiting on official word that SV is done for S7 before saying anything. We can hope!
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
I guess we can hope. Certainly I should be used to keeping my fingers crossed when it comes to Mr Welling.
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
I read that WB had massive dissatisfaction with the cast that was touted so if the project ever goes ahead, there's a chance they'll come up with something better than the cast we were told about initially. As for Thomas' participation, I'm pretty sure we'll never see him as Superman, I don't think he wants it. I'm pretty sure he'll try to avoid any kind of comic/sf projects. Which breaks my heart because I think he's the *perfect* Superman.
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
Its so hard to know what he wants since he hasn't gone on the record with any in depth interview for over 2 years.

But going from the rumored names for the JLA cast, they should have been dissatisfied. I don't know what was going on with the casting process. And then not to announce it, as though it was some dirty secret was just plain bizarre.
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
I don't know if I trust Robert. His sources haven't been all that reliable on this particular subject.

I would like Tom to do it, in the long run it could be good for his career, but even if it isn't when will he get another huge film role like this offered to him? He shouldn't gamble that others will come along...

I guess I'm a bit jaded on this, there has been so much back and forth I'm not sure I'll be convinced anything is real with this film until I see it "officially" announced.

I mean, shit... they haven't even "officially" said Miller is directing much less that the film is happening...

Jan. 17th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Frankly, I'm not sure I trust anyone anymore. Pardon the expression, but it seems like they all talk out of their asses a bit. LOL

I'm not sure how many opportunites will come Tom's way. But I sure hope he'll show some smarts if, or when, they do. He's a bright guy. Oh that I have no doubt. But we know so little of what his aspiractions truly are.
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Well, Variety confirmed it: they let the options lapse on the cast, not that the cast was all that hot anyway, without tom in it.


Oh, well.

Jan. 17th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Re: The Cast. I Know!! You really have to wonder what someone was thinking. Some of the original names that came out for this film got people excited, i.e. Tom, Ryan Reynolds, Josh Duhamel, and then it just got ridiculous.
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Well, if infamous_emijayne is right, it actually wasn't the cast... they're using that as an excuse.

The real issue is the money. It seems Australia has a new system it uses to figure out the tax breaks it will give companies and they decide the level of breaks on a case by case basis and JLA hadn't been given a decision yet, or hadn't liked the level of kick-backs they'd get, so they are delaying to see if they can work it out to get a good deal...

Emi said the only two people whose options were excercised were whathisname from the OC, Adam Brody, and Teresa Palmer and that's why they were still in Sydney and no one else was.

I don't know what to think anymore. Part of me is still hoping they'll work out whatever it is they need to work out and Tom will still have a shot, another part of me hopes it's just dead and that Tom will be able to move onto bigger and better things.

*sad sigh*

Oh, well... I guess we still have more Tom to look forward to in Smallville.

Jan. 17th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that, but I have to admit...my faith in what emijayne has to say is not what it once was. She only jumped on the tax credit issue when someone else on her blog brought up the information. Then suddenly she was all over it, having talked to "her sources". Hmmm, very fishy. I have no doubt she knows someone, somewhere, but she also seemed to be fishing for info as much as just about everyone else. And Sanchez at IESB, who has been totally villified, ended up scooping everyone in the end.

In other words, ARGH! LOL

And not that I don't appreciate Tom on Smallville, no matter what my current feelings are about the show (sucks!), but I was so hoping Tom would find another project to occupy his time during this strike.

Edited at 2008-01-17 03:30 pm (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Well, I still love the show but only because Tom's on it. If he weren't on it, Rosie wouldn't be enough to keep me watching as much as I like him and Allison.

This season has been all over the map, characterization wise, they have all acted out of character so much, sometimes inexplicably so, that it's been frustrating. It's like I don't really know them anymore...

I hope it all makes sense eventually, but they only got 6 episodes left so they better make it good.

Jan. 17th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
It's like I don't really know them anymore...

Ya know, thats an excellent way of putting it. I still love Clark, because he's Clark, and because Tom plays him. But everyone else? I'm just so Un-invested. Everyone just seems like a shadow of their former personalities. God, its depressing.

I also notice that there is so little buzz and anticipation for the shows return. That can't be a good sign.
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Don't rumors drive you crazy? :)

Eh, so many projects come and go in Hollywood, I never get too excited until they actually start filming or I go see the movie in the theaters. How long did it take the Superman franchise to come back? Over 20 years! Yeesh!

I know virtually nothing about Tom Welling other than what I see on SV every week, but from what little I do know, I'd guess he's not interested in continuing the Superman role, in the grand Hollywood tradition of not wanting to continue roles that make you famous in the first place for fear of getting typecast.

Sometimes life sucks lemons! :)
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
I don't know if its that Tom would just not be interested, or if he was never approached, or if he wasn't allowed to do it because of his SV commitment. I guess it depends on what rumor mill you are spinning with. LOL He's pretty much a mystery. Which is cool, and frustrating all at the same time.

But yeah, this movie definitely seemed to be a lame horse right from the gate.

Jan. 17th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
I share your somewhat gloomy mood and your doubts and your uncertainties. I had never fell this hard for an actor and now that I'm totally committed to this gorgeous man I hear nothing from him and can't do anything but guess, and wait and hope for the best. Sometimes it sucks but I can't help loving him so I'll still watch a show I not longer enjoy and I'll be there for him whatever he decides to do next. I just wish I knew... :(
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Well Carol, at least you can know for sure you aren't alone. I'm in the same boat. He's a frustrating actor to follow, but he's worth it. Doesn't mean I don't want to choke him...just a little. ;)
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
I'm actually feeling very much relieved that the word is now official about the movie being put on hold. When news of it first came out, I was definitely excited for it but after a while, I get the impression that they aren't really serious about this anyway, it's simply something to generate fast money or something.

I'd rather have them put this one on hold and hopefully there would be a group of people who care enough to do this movie justice, instead of just having it all slapped together and produced in a rush, with a weak cast to boot.
Jan. 18th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
You are probably right. When the first news of this movie came out, the names flying around seemed right, and substantial enough to pull this off (Tom included). Then it started to go downhill, and you started to get the impression that "cheap" was becoming more important then anything else. And I just don't believe you can go into this type of movie with that mentality.

So, its probably for the best. But from the standpoint of a Tom fan who really wanted to see him play Supes, it still sucks :(
Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
Personally, I still can't believe that there's an actor out there who didn't change his name from Armie Hammer??!! Dude! Are you kidding me?

All this time I thought it was Arnie. The fact that it's actually "Armie" makes his name even worse.
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