The Justice League Script is Apparently Terrible

Justice League Comic BookWhen comic book writer Mark Millar was badmouthing Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Justice League” movie, their answer to Marvel’s “The Avengers”, maybe he knew what he was talking about after all. (Note: Millar is with 20th Century Fox, and not Marvel/Disney, so it’s not like he was dissing the visiting team and hyping up the home team.)

According to a new report by the badasses at Badass Digest, Warner Bros. is not very satisfied with “Gangster Squad” writer Will Beall’s script for “Justice League”. This is the script, mind you, that they were so previously pleased with not all that long ago that they’ve been using it to rope in a big-time director for quite some time.

Now, it appears, the studio thinks the script is the problem why it can’t land a big-time director (like, say Ben Affleck) for its superhero movie. As a result, the studio has now decided to go back to square one on the project, which includes bringing in a new writer with a new plan of attack.

According to BD, though, that may not be the only issue:

Beall’s script supposedly includes Darkseid and a heavy cosmic threat. But the script has been half-baked from the beginning, with reports saying that heroes (beyond the core five of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern) have been cut and added from the proceedings seemingly at studio executive will. The latest word was that Warner Bros, experiencing real cold feet, had decided to wait until The Man of Steel to really move forward, but it’s possible that moving forward now will mean a whole new script.

So with no director, a script they now hate, it’s looking unlikely that a “Justice League” movie will be done in time to battle Joss Whedon and Marvel’s “The Avengers 2″ in 2015.

Frankly, Warner Bros. should thank its lucky stars if that’s the case, cause I honestly don’t think a “JL” movie created out of thin air (without the ground work to set up the heroes other than Batman and, upcoming, Superman) would have stood up very well against Iron Man, Hulk, and company. Especially if recent rumors of a mega intergalactic storyline that stretches into “The Avengers 3″ turns out to be true…

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  • Juggernaut

    Just let Goyer and Nolan write the thing!!! How hard is it?!?!?!?! Introduce a major DC player (Martian Manhunter, Maxwell Lord or even Green Lantern in an after credits sequence to foreshadow a JL film then write a script involving the other core members being recruited by said character to face a seemingly unstoppable force (Darkseid, the centre, omac, etc.). After that film each character gets their own spin-off series.

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      What Goyer and Nolan did for Batman doesn’t necessarily translate to a JLA movie. While on paper that sounds, The Dark Knight is very different than JLA. Although they are the only guys that have really turned out a successful DC movie, it might have been bottling lightning.

      Its smart to see how the latest iteration of Superman does. If it does well then they can start thinking about a JLA movie with some extra bank cause a JLA is going to cost them some bucks.

  • Jonas

    “I honestly don’t think a “JL” movie created out of thin air (without the ground work to set up the heroes other than Batman and, upcoming, Superman) would have stood up very well against Iron Man, Hulk, and company”.

    Come on. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash are cultural icons, people all over the world know who they are. There is no need for the Marvel style introduction.

    • Aegon the Conqueror

      People all over the world knew who Cap Ameria, Hulk and Iron Man were, doesn’t mean they care about the characters or the actors portraying them. Marvel made us care before putting them together.
      Honestly I’m still not a fan of a JLA film.

      • Jonas

        Avengers made a ton of money because, you only need to have a marginal knowledge of the characters (“Hulk and Iron Man in the same movie? Awesome!”).

        For example, look at Captain America´s Box Office: $ 368,608,363 vs. The Avengers: $1,511,757,910.

        You can bet that a lot of people who watched Avengers didn´t saw Captain America (or The Incredible Hulk), and yet, that didn´t affect their enjoyment of the film.

        The JLA movie only needs not to suck, and people will watch it.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          “The JLA movie only needs not to suck, and people will watch it.”

          That’s the kind of forward thinking that costs studio executives their jobs.

          • Jonas

            Well, Dark of the Moon made $1,123,746,996, didn´t it.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

            I bet that’s the kind of genius thinking the studio suits that came up with “Battleship” (aka “Transformers on The Ocean”) thought, too.

          • WingCm

            I’m probably in the minority here, but I enjoyed Battleship. I also thought it was better than the last 2 Transformers movies.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

            Oh, I thought it wasn’t THAT bad myself, but you could tell the only reason it existed was because some genius executive saw the numbers “Transformers” did and said, “Hey, let’s do that, too!”

  • venom_aa

    Avengers did a lot of money cause all the hype that the preexisting marvel movies made, specially Iron Man. Not saying the movie is bad, it is entertaining at its best but one could only make one or two movie like those before all went down the drain. See Bay Transformers for that.

    So yeah WB may do a JL out of thin air, maybe even good, but if they want to build a solid franchise they need to at least follow Marvel steps on making the characters interesting.

  • Lexavi80

    They should give David Goyer or Kevin Smith give it a shot.

    Best scripts come from comic book fans, and those 2 come to mind first.