When 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…