Well it’s official. After days of internet rumblings that the George Miller-directed Justice League movie was being grounded because of script concerns and a ballooning budget, Warner Bros. has officially confirmed the news: the movie has been put on ice until the script can be worked on, which won’t happen until the writers strike ends.
Also adding to the woes were questions of tax-incentive qualifications in Australia, where Miller was prepping to shoot. The project’s costs were escalating, and the script would need an overhaul if the movie didn’t qualify for discounts.
The decision to put the project on hold now frees up the actors who had been cast in the roles of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash. D.J. Cotrona, Adam Brody, Anton Yelchin, Common, Teresa Palmer and Megan Gale had been cast in the movie in November, with their holding deals extended at least once as the studio tackled the script problems. The extensions expired Tuesday, after which a pay-or-play situation would have taken effect. The studio is not afraid of losing the actors because playing iconic superheroes in “Justice” is seen as a starmaking turn.
The script by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney was originaly considered good enough to greenlight the movie, then it wasn’t, and now — well, it still isn’t. Frankly, after hearing all that I’ve heard about the movie, this is the best news of all. Now get rid of Miller, get rid of the Beverly Hills 90210 cast, get rid of whichever suit was running (and ruining) this movie, and let’s start all over from scratch…