The uncertainty surrounding Warner Bros’. planned Justice League movie is escalating as a recent report suggests that the script written by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) has been scrapped, and studio executives have demanded a complete rewrite with an entirely new set of writers.
Beall’s script was rumoured to focus on five of the core Justice League members, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern, as they battle to overcome the cosmic threat of Darkseid. It is believed that the script was never truly popular amongst studio execs, but it is baffling as to why no action was taken earlier into its development.
Here’s the scoop from Badass Digest
I’ve now heard from multiple sources that the Will Beall script for Justice League has been scrapped. The story from each source is the same: it’s terrible. Some sources seem to think the whole movie is going to fall apart and never happen, while some believe that Warner Bros will keep moving forward, unwilling to lose the superhero arms race.
Meanwhile the studio has been unable to get the interest of a quality director, reportedly because of the script. Without a script and without a director, Justice League seems unlikely to meet a 2015 release. The question is will it ever be released at all?
Mark Millar recently referred to the project as “an excellent way of losing $200 million”, citing reasons such as, aside from Batman and Superman, the Justice League “are dated and may not translate well to the big screen” and the “actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous”.
This is another stark reminder that Warner Bros. is playing catch-up, in terms of comic book movie adaptations, despite the huge recent success of Batman. It is becoming ever more apparent that the Justice League is becoming a desperate project by a stubborn studio unwilling to settle for second-best.
Man of Steel is due for release in the US and UK on 14th June 2013, but already the expectation surrounding the project has surpassed all realistic limits. The longevity of the Warner Bros. comic book movie franchise now hinges on the success of a movie, which in itself is trying to revive a stagnant franchise.
Aside from Batman and Superman, the Justice League are comprised of characters that have struggled to sustain any worthwhile popularity beyond their core fan-base. Therefore, Justice League’s global commercial appeal may be extremely limited unless Warner Bros. rethink and initialise an approach similar to Marvel’s.