When Green Lantern opened this time last year and only made $220m worldwide it threw a spanner in the works at Warner Bros. Their intention going forward was to fill the void left by Harry Potter with DC superheroes such as The Flash and Wonder Woman, but outside of Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise they’ve had little success.
Last year Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov confirmed a new script for a Justice League movie was in the works (there was an effort to make one in 2007/08 but it was hindered by the Writers Guild of America strike, tax credit issues in Australia, and concerns about having a new incarnation of Batman running alongside Nolan’s). Now Variety has word that Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall is in charge of the Justice League scripting duties.
It’s easy to assume this is a reaction to the recent success of The Avengers, but Beall was actually hired last year and is still in the process of turning his Justice League script in to Warner Bros. Last year Jeff Robinov suggested characters such as The Flash and Wonder Woman may get solo movies after a potential Justice League movie, so Warner Bros. may be following Marvel’s strategy but in reverse (big team-up movie, then the solo outings).
Where Batman and Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman fit into this is unknown. The studio has already declared they’ll be rebooting Batman at some point, so the next Batman we see after The Dark Knight Rises could be in a Justice League movie.
Is a DC superhero team-up the way to go, or will it just be compared to (and lose to) The Avengers?