Warner Bros hire a writer for Justice League movie

An answer to The Avengers is on the way...

Having seen The Avengers breaking box-office records left right and centre for Marvel Studios, it was only a matter of time before Warner Bros. rallied their DC heroes for a similar outing, with news emerging that a writer has been hired to begin work on a Justice League script.

Variety reports that Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall has been tapped to get things moving on their potential super team-up, with the project having stalled back in 2008 during the writers’ strike.

A Justice League movie would see Batman, Superman and Green Lantern teaming up to face the forces of evil, although how exactly that would practically take shape remains to be seen.

Unlike Marvel’s grand plan for The Avengers, DC’s superheroes are all at different stages of their on-screen development, with Batman winding down, Superman just getting started and Green Lantern stuck in limbo, after Ryan Reynolds' disappointing outing as Hal Jordan. Perhaps all three will be recast to create a new, standalone franchise...

Meanwhile, supporting players The Flash and Wonder Woman are also thought to have individual movies at the script-writing stage, suggesting Warner are clearly keen to make the most of the properties they have at their disposal. Looks like spandex-clad summers won’t be disappearing for a good while yet...

Would you be interested in a Justice League movie? Tell us, below...


    • CaptainCrazy

      Jun 6th 2012, 8:16

      Oh DC, you used to lead the pack cine-wise. Let's hope this isn't anothetr quickly cobbled together disappointment.

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    • FBAPedersen

      Jun 6th 2012, 8:39

      This is probably gonna suck. The only bankable superhero they have out there is Batman, so they'll have to build up a fanbase around the other characters to make it work, like Marvel did with The Avengers.

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    • Benmorse

      Jun 6th 2012, 8:50

      Hit the nail on the head with this. DC have smelled money, but there has been no commitment to the long game. I believe Avengers was also being developed during the writers strike. Marvel held the course, DC wussed out and went for faster money, with disappointing results. Their casting / writer / director choices, Nolan aside, have been a disaster - I'm dreading Superman - and with no seeds in place for a Justice League movie, you have no investment from the audience past the brand recognition of Batman, which will appear diluted with a new actor if it's his first outing. Typical short-term studio thinking. The earliest they could do this right is in 4-5 years, after a new GL, a new Batman, and ideally, a Wonder Woman movie. I wonder if they've gone crawling back to Joss Whedon about that?

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    • EddieFelson

      Jun 6th 2012, 8:51

      Well Green Lantern/Flash/Wonder Woman and others in the league just don’t have great back story in my opinion to do the stand alone films and are nothing in comparison to Batman/Superman who have great films on there own and have had some really interesting crossovers in past comic book story lines. With Nolan’s last Bat film coming up and a new look Superman they should incorporate the each other in future films but not have a Batman teams up with Superman film as it would take too much away from each character.

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    • FBJRyan

      Jun 6th 2012, 8:58

      The reason Avengers worked is because they took their time and focused on each one (well the main core) and allowed those franchises to grow before coming out with the Avengers. This is about to be a hot mess because unlike the Avengers all of their individual franchises are not on the same page. Hell most of them there isn't even a working script that anybody can write for just ONE of them (besides bat and spidey) , much less all of them together. Come on get it together. Stop trying to rush this process, look at each one and take it from there.

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    • Desperation

      Jun 6th 2012, 10:02

      Inevitable decision. Also an inevitably bad film, or series of films. For starters, Nolan's Batman is about to end and wouldn't fit at all into this type of situation as it's far too dark. So Batman would need to be rebooted again before they could do this. And i don't think anyone would stand for that, or be remotely interested in seeing Bruce Wayne's origin story for a third time.

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    • thedanieljson

      Jun 6th 2012, 10:16

      The only truly successful Superhero film to have come out of the DC range is Batman, and the darkness of those films don't feel as if they'll ever fit into an Avengers-a-like Superhero mash-up. The Marvel films were expertly built up with The Avengers in mind, and seamlessly became the blockbuster of the year. This already feels like it's going to be a painful contrivance and cash-in.

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    • alexr

      Jun 6th 2012, 10:53

      @thedanieljson The original Superman/Superman 2 movies were great, but I agree with most of what you said. I think the only way this could work is if it was a standalone series, ignoring The Man of Steel and the Nolan Trilogy. As everyone already knows the origins Batman and Superman, they only have to create a cinematic universe where the two characters already co-exist, or start with the origin story of only one of the League (Wonder Woman for example) and have the other characters already exist in that world. Then add a threat that requires recruiting the other heroes to the cause... The only thing is, Marvel's characters all seem to have at least some humanity and fallability. Whereas Superman should be able to defeat any of Batman's or WW's villains pretty easily on his own, so why would he need their help? Seriously, just for a second, think about Superman going up against Nolan's Joker or Bane. Game over. Supes wins. In order for this to work, the 'DC cinematic universe' needs to be pretty far removed from reality (even considering an alien bloke who can fly) to make a movie where Superman is actually able to be seriously threatened by a mortal villain (kryptonite notwithstanding). This would probably have worked better before Batman and Robin, come to think of it...

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    • FBPMurray37

      Jun 6th 2012, 11:07

      I think they'd be better off doing a straight up Batman/Superman crossover first. Just the two main protagonists, the back stories of which are already well established amongst the general public, and a rogues gallery between them which would easily explain the need for the Bats and Supes to team up. You'd also get plenty of conflict between their two differing approaches to justice. Once the ground work is laid in that outing you could then introduce other members of the Justic League in a sequel/sequels. Throwing everything and the kitchen sink at the one movie without any groundwork beforehand would make for an unholy mess, which was one of the reasons why the aborted 2008 version was dropped in the first place (that and the writers' strike and fears two different Bats at the same time would overshadow Nolan's universe).

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    • bencobra

      Jun 6th 2012, 12:10

      Can anyone else see Superman appearing in DKR?

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    • SiMan

      Jun 6th 2012, 12:55

      In relation to DKR, as the studio knows its Nolan's last film, couldn't they 'force' him to incorporate a Superman reference, even if it was a slight mention of metropolis or something. The idea of starting out with a Batman/Superman film sounds like something that could work, and then incorporate other heroes later on. I can just see DC rushing this project out though. Marvel were patient and reaped the rewards, but DC have a lot of catching up to do. Plus, if Man of Steel is not a big hit (i still have my doubts that Snyder can deliver this property well enough) what happens then?

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    • StevePotter

      Jun 6th 2012, 15:13

      Yeah, sure. OF COURSE this is going to happen, just like that Wonder Woman movie.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jun 6th 2012, 16:56

      LOL Aquaman is the Black Widow of the Justice League..ie foggin' useless!

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    • Ali1748

      Jun 6th 2012, 17:28

      I just can't see this working on screen. I mean isn't the leader of the Justice League a Martian ?

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    • SiMan

      Jun 6th 2012, 18:09

      @Ali1748, isn't that what they said about the norse-god of thunder, a man in a flying metal suit and the huy who turns into a green monster?

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    • FBBJammin

      Jun 6th 2012, 20:02

      with nolan producing the new superman, i believe that Batman and Superman might be able to work together but obviously they need the other JL characters and frankly with the Green Lantern would have to start over with a stronger lead (just cast another UK actor, it'll work for DC) and Nolan will have to at least advise whoever would create it about the tone the movie would have to have. From then on a Justice League movie could be possible if other heroes like Wonderwoman or the Flash (who makes for a great comic book character but would be weird in a scene standing next to Nolan's batman); so they'd have to make side-appearances in Superman or remade GL movies -- maybe Nolan put something in "Rises" that'll hint at it but doubtful. The tone of these films will have to darker, not only to go with the Batman films and what will be the Superman tone, but also to show they're not aiming to replicate the Avengers. And yeah, the Martian would be a good addition. Also, Christian Bale's involvement in the film will be detrimental to fan appeal and i don't see him agreeing to sign on to this if it's not well planned and so far i don't see how it could be. The success and fan-appeal of a JUSTICE LEAGUE film depends on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and MAN OF STEEL films and their interconnections and Nolan wouldn't let that not work intelligently. I say good luck but it's a long shot that will probably fall through.

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    • FBBJammin

      Jun 6th 2012, 20:06

      meanwhile check out how brilliantly Marvel set up the Avengers in detail with this detailed timeline: http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/5395/A-Marvel-Cinematic-Universe-Timeline/#!date=0775-10-05_20:58:03! (thnks A. Norfolk for piecing it together) Marvel did it well I gotta say!

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    • bencobra

      Jun 7th 2012, 6:56

      I read a report about this a few years back and Bale said he definitely would not do it. Saying that though I am sure enough money could persuade him. A lot of people seems to have issues with the GL. I suppose that is what you get when you give Ryan Reynolds a lead role.

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