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Apparently The Script For Warner Bros. Justice League Sucks. Now What?

We knew it wouldn’t be that easy. 

We’ve got nothing official to go on but Badass Digest is suggesting Warner Bros. has trashed the script for Justice League, due in theaters in 2015. Will Beall, writer for Castle and the low-grossing Gangster Squad, was the one with the weight on his shoulders and if the reports are true, he’s failed. BD writes:

I’ve now heard from multiple sources that the Will Beall script for Justice League has been scrapped. The story from each source is the same: it’s terrible. Some sources seem to think the whole movie is going to fall apart and never happen, while some believe that Warner Bros will keep moving forward, unwilling to lose the superhero arms race.

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.

No sources named in the report, as per usual, but it’s a shame if the script isn’t working out. There’s tons of pressure to perform in the wake of The Avengers success plus, we heard previously Warner was waiting to see how Man of Steel performed before deciding how to move ahead with Justice League.

The only name that had seriously been thrown around for director of the film was Ben Affleck, who denied the rumor completely. However, Latino Review’s El Mayimbe must really  love the guy. He alleged on Twitter the actor was also meant to play Batman. “Fun and fabulous fanboy fact of the day: did ya know when Affleck was approached to direct Justice League they also wanted him to play Batman?”

Give me a break.

Anyway, 2015 is still a ways off but I’m of the mind Warner Bros. shouldn’t try to rush this project. And if the rumor of the script being bad is true then I’m glad they’re going to try something else.

(via Badass Digest)

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  • Anonymous

    I’m glad – just keep it a cartoon!

  • Charlie

    oh, well that sucks….:(

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand why it’s so hard: they own DC Comics! Have Paul Dini write a story, then somebody used to live-action to make a final draft.

  • Anonymous

    Hard to tell if it was the script/story that was the problem, or if it was the fact that execs were moving characters in and out.

  • electrasteph

    Now what — let me write it. (of course what I’ll turn in will have just Supergirl and no one else in the DC universe, and it will be awesome – so of course it wouldn’t be used – but hey, they could do worse. They already have.)

  • Anonymous

    The “sucks” thing might not be entirely accurate. The movie was written by the guy who did Gangster Squad (who WB was super sweet on before the movie came out). The most likely situation (to me at least) seems to be the movie flopped and now he’s no longer in good standing with the studio. Especially after all that hype.

  • Anonymous

    Does he have a lot of experience with live action blockbusters? Because comics and cartoons are one thing but live action cinema can be a hell of a lot more challenging to write for, especially if you don’t have any prior screen credits to your name.

  • Anonymous

    Dini’s done some television live-action work before—he created and wrote ‘Tower Prep,’ he wrote an episode of LOST, etc.—but until recently, no movies.

    He *is*, however, the writer for Disney’s upcoming “Maleficent,” the live-action retelling of Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s perspective with Angelina Jolie in the title role. But since Maleficent doesn’t release until summer 2014, I don’t think we yet know how well he does with that.

  • Nikki Lincoln

    I feel like the biggest problem here is that they are trying to force something out and rush it since Avengers is so big right now and Marvel did an amazing job of it. The best move for DC/WB to do would be to slow down, take some time, and just start over with a big game plan for all of the characters with someone who really understands the comics leading the push. That was the beauty of the Marvel/Avengers movies – all of the individual movies had SHIELD and played up to the idea of each one discovering their own powers but knowing of the idea of a bigger organization that might call on them some day.

    I think if they stop in their tracks, think of the big pictures, and then start with movies that encircle the character that haven’t had anything in a while (Aquaman, Wonder Woman), create a tie-in with Man of Steel (which sadly might be too late) and then have the new Batman and Green Lantern (they really should just start over on this one) be the last movies before they are all brought together for a Justice League film, they can set it up to capture the things that made the Avengers so good.

  • Lindsey Stock

    Hmm…color me unsurprised. I have absolutely no faith left in Warner when it comes to DC Comics-based movies. Nolan’s Batman was good, but only because the execs had little to do with it. I’m hoping Man of Steel will be able to restore some of their credibility, but seeing as how it’s being directed by Zack Snyder, I’m not optimistic.

  • Anonymous

    That’s why I said somebody else shoud write the final draft. I know live action and animation are different beasts but they’re not that different at their core. The action scenes needs monitoring but I don’t think the main story should be THAT different than what animation can offer.
    P.S.: Dini is just an example I chose. My main point is that WB should really use it’s DC connection to make a story worth telling.

  • Jenn V

    Wait, WB/DC screwing up and messing with a sure bet. This *is* the same DC/WB we have all been watching slowly delve into the hole of hideous misogyny and bad scripts fro the past couple years, yes? This isn’t a new DC/WB? Y’all are surprised? I’m with Arrowe76, Dini is one of the few decent writers they have…sadly, they can’t seem to think outside the box.

  • Jamie Jeans

    A DC Comics movie script that sucks? NOOO!!!!

    Seriously, this is really funny to read about… I mean, wow, it’s hilariously bad like in watching a horrible movie, except it’s a bad movie that can’t even get off the ground to begin with.

    Like, the Christopher Nolan Batman movies were bad, almost Batman & Robin bad, but wow… *laughs*

  • Anonymous

    they should just scrap the idea and do Doom Patrol. Marvel has big name comics pinned down, try something more niche and something darker.

  • Sara Franks-Allen

    I’m surprised that more people haven’t jumped on this particular detail. I imagine it’s pretty tough to write any script – let alone a good one – with a whole bunch of studio executives failing to make up their minds about something as simple as who is in the Justice League.

  • Sara Franks-Allen

    I think right now, WB is scared that if they follow the Marvel model and release a whole series of movies building up their stable of characters, another “Green Lantern” will come a long and kill the momentum of the whole project. So they just want to skip right to dessert and do the Justice League movie. They may also be thinking that they can reverse the formula and introduce everyone in a movie that has two big name draws – Batman and Superman – and then explore the characters individually in their own films. Still, I wish WB would have the confidence in the DC characters to go ahead and make some more movies, rather than getting scared every time one film that isn’t about Batman doesn’t perform as well as expected.

  • Lady Viridis

    DC is foolish to try and copy Marvel’s success. Marvel spent the better part of a decade setting up their characters in individual movies, and then still managed to make an ensemble movie that had enough info to give an idea of the characters for people who hadn’t seen everything, but enough in-jokes to keep things funny for those who had. That is a very, very tricky act to follow, especially when you’ve got only two characters that most people are familiar with (Batman & Superman) and the Batman in this film is going to be entirely different from the Nolan films.

    They’d be much smarter to back off, do films for some of the characters people are less familiar with, THEN jump into an ensemble film. But given that most of what I’m seeing out of DC is them mostly getting in their own way and failing at everything… yeah, I’m not surprised.

  • Ryan Colson

    Script sucked from the get go, it was already used in the last season of Smallville, for Chrissakes…

  • Ryan Colson

    Have you read DC Comics lately? They’re full of awful, for the most part.

  • K. Jeffery Petersen

    Joss Whedon didn’t have experience with live action blockbusters before Avengers came out. Neither did Sam Raimi before Spider-Man. Or Bryan Singer before X-Men.

    Really, if blockbuster experience is a requirement, your available pool of talent is going to be small. And it will shrink. Peter Jackson didn’t have blockbuster experience before LotR. Should he have been replaced with someone who did, like Spielberg? But Spielberg didn’t before Jaws, so should someone else done that?

    What worked in all those cases was that the people involved had a strong idea about how to make the movie work. They looked at the tradeoffs and benefits of doing a film on that scale, and while they may have had experience in the industry, it wasn’t required that they knew how really big movies worked.

    Dini & Timm may not be the best choice possible, but they have a long track record with the characters, going back over 20 years. They have shown that they can do quality work on a consistent basis and make it accessible to a wide audience. Even if they aren’t the ideal candidates to actually make a live action film, they would probably be a really smart choice to be made producers, or at the very least writers of a first screenplay.

    Now, if it were me, I’d grab John Rogers to write the screenplay. He does know comic characters, and has written drafts for live action blockbusters. As well as live action failures. Plus his work is consistently clever and funny.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I think they should just Ruffalo Green Lantern. As in, cast a whole new guy, vaguely allude to the previous movie, and hope everyone figured out enough from the trailer from it (or possibly even actually seeing it) to know more or less what the guy does.

  • Laura Truxillo

    No, I’m good with this. Anything that makes it sound like they’re taking a step back and trying to make it a good move or not at all is alright by me.

  • Kol Drake

    Heck, they need a cosmic threat… but not Darkseid…. Marvel/Avengers is already doing/done that. Why not something like converting the ‘Sun Eater’ arc they had… at least it would be an original idea instead of copying Marvel’s effort.

  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    If this is a superhero arms race, I’m pretty sure that DC is going to turn out to be USSR in that senario.

  • Nick Gaston

    I think I’ve got it: in order to guarantee a hit with most of their Batman and Superman movies, decades ago, DC/WB execs signed a suspiciously worded magical pact in blood with a Roma witch. Who they then ambushed, bludgeoned, and buried alive in the foundation of the corporate housing development’s cesspool as the cement was being poured.

    You don’t even want to KNOW what they did when they tried to make a deal for their animated projects in 1992.

  • Anonymous

    Blarg. Nice image of a bunch of supercrotches while Wonder Woman crawls around on all fours, falling out of her top. Let me guess: otherwise she’d be unable to hit a 3′x8′ hole even though she’s right next to it?


  • Life Lessons

    Oh for goodness sake, Since WB/DC can’t get Joss – you blew that one peeps – hire Javier Grillo-Marxuach. The man did The Middleman, knows how to write comics, action/adventure, and women. Give it to him and be done with it! He is another Joss Whedon and should be treated as such.

  • Ben English

    Wait, what?

  • John Ender

    wouldn’t that be a Norton Green Lantern?

  • John Ender

    yes that would make sense if they were not releasing MOS this year… But to me it sounds like they are still not sure first they said Snyder’s movie was not a tie-in to JL, then they said it will be; which makes me believe they don’t even know until the find another Nolan-like Director that wants to make it happen…

  • John Ender

    Walking into this situation now would be a mess for any writer… Poor guy probably had notes up the wazoo before he sat down to do an outline for the script. That is the biggest problem with the Studio at this Stage, letting writers come up with the story and not just giving them a laundry list of Do-s and Don’t-s

  • John Ender

    Joss did Alien 4, Speed, X-men… He had experience with live action scripts…Peter Jackson had directed some very intricate visual films like Heavenly Creatures, these guys had shown they had the chops to do it…

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  • Bradley Conder

    The problem lies in the fact that they have to balance superman with everyone else, but mostly batman. There is almost no situation where superman needs everyone elses help. This applies to the other characters as well. They are TOO powerful. The best solution is to just depower everyone to batmans level. Then you don’t have to resort to darkseid or kryptonite every fucking time you want a challenge.