Somewhere, Mark Millar is smirking. After bluntly saying that a “Justice League” movie is an “excellent way of losing $200 million” it seems that Warner Bros. are already more than aware of the risks. This rumor has been one we’ve been hearing here and there recently, but if these whispers are true, it means that the geekgasm superhero dream-team movie is going to see a new script.
Bad Ass Digest reports that according to their sources, the studio has tossed Will Beall‘s script, for one simple reason: it’s terrible. Again, none of this is official, but if this is true, it makes the prospect of a 2015 release date much more unlikely, unless WB can grab a screenwriter to crank something out fast, lock up a director and start casting all over the next 11 or 12 months. Not impossible, but considering the care they’re taking, we’re not holding our breath.
Last we heard, WB was going to wait and see how “Man Of Steel” does before pushing forward on “Justice League” and that may have just been a bit of seed planting by the studio to buy some time. But there also seems to be a clash of vision. The Darkseid as villain rumor in Beall’s script seems to be true, but accord to BAD, “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.” And it would be a fair guess that a weak script and creative uncertainty probably didn’t help in trying to lock down a director, with a handful rumored last year (The Wachowskis and Ben Affleck wishlisted or courted, among others). Nevertheless, all of these rumbling don’t bode well.
So what’s next for “Justice League?” Well, as you’ll recall, when WB first announced Will Beall as the writer of the movie, he had already been on the project for close to a year. So they could probably do the same trick, and quietly task (or maybe they already have?) someone else. But it does seem as if they’re starting back at square one. Ane one has to wonder how long it is before Warner Bros. is once again ringing up Christopher Nolan — producer of “Man Of Steel” — to come back and save their comic brand.