Is Warner Bros. going back to the drawing board with ‘Justice League’?

Will Perkins
Wide ScreenFebruary 8, 2013

Warner Bros. really, really wants to make a “Justice League” movie, but the studio just can’t seem to catch a break with the planned big screen superhero team up. WB’s answer to Marvel’s “The Avengers” appears to have suffered a major setback with the 2015 release date looming ever closer.

First, the studio’s high-profile search for a potential “Justice League” director failed to attract an interested filmmaker, and now it seems as though the powers that be are scrapping “Gangster Squad” screenwriter Will Beall’s script for the film. Not even the combined powers of Justice League members Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the rest can help this movie get off the ground.

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According to Badass Digest, sources at Warner Bros. are allegedly calling Beall’s “Justice League” script “terrible” and “half-baked,” and one of the major reasons that the studio was unable to find an interested director last summer. The screenplay reportedly pitted the greatest heroes of the DC Comics canon against inter-dimensional big bad Darkseid. It’s a common comic book story thread for the DC heroes, but the sources say the script suffered from many inconsistencies that would have hurt the film.

The sources quoted by Badass Digest seem divided over the future of WB’s “Justice League” movie. Some are certain that the studio will find a new writer and power ahead with the film, while others seem doubtful that the project will ever see the light of day. The general consensus is apparently that the studio will hold off to see how Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman film “Man of Steel” performs before moving ahead with the much more ambitious “Justice League” film.

Meanwhile, a major figure in the comic book and comic book movie world has weighed in on WB’s efforts to get “Justice League” to fly. “Kick-Ass” creator and 20th Century Fox superhero consultant Mark Millar recently said a “Justice League” movie is “an excellent way of losing $200 million.”

Speaking with SciFi Now, Millar called the age of the DC Comics stable of superheroes a major challenge for Warner Bros.

“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date,” Millar said. “The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time.”

Add to that the inherent hokiness of some of the characters and their powers, and Millar says the film will be a tough nut to crack. "You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky," he said.

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The Scottish comic book writer pointed to Green Lantern's "not exactly raucous" powers of manifesting anything at will, the Flash's mask with "door handles on it," and Aquaman's somewhat hilarious inability to speak underwater as the biggest offenders.

Mainstay Justice Leaguers Superman and Batman clearly aren't the problem here -- it's the rest of the roster. With "Justice League" still scheduled to go head-to-head against Marvel's highly anticipated "Avengers 2" in summer 2015, Warner Bros. had better figure out what to do with those lesser known heroes very soon.

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