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Rumor: Warner Bros. Has Scrapped Will Beall's 'Justice League' Script

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by Kevin Jagernauth
February 7, 2013 3:33 PM
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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.

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  • rodie | February 8, 2013 1:09 AMReply

    Oh you know WB is calling Nolan saying, "We'll fly you in and put you up, just meet with us for a few hours and spitball ideas for Justice League."

  • blargo | February 7, 2013 7:46 PMReply

    Hey WB, don't you have a full creative team that churns out animated DC flicks every year? They're not that bad. I'm sure someone on that team would love to take a crack at writing your feature length JL film.

  • Scott | February 7, 2013 5:43 PMReply

    True Gangster Squad had a few problems but Bealls a great writer.
    Sounds like his name is getting stiffed on this to flush away the bad rep.

  • Alan B | February 7, 2013 6:47 PM

    A few problems? You're generous. Most of the film's problems stem from that script: uneasy mix of tone between escapism and nihilism, too many characters given too little to do, no idea how to bridge stories together (if Gosling knew his friend has died, then why didn't he go searching for Stone? Or, if he thought she was dead, then why wasn't any screen time devoted to his recognition of her death?), the idea that EVERYTHING must be either a one-liner or a set-up to a one-liner, a villain so dumb he doesn't know who the protagonists are until the end of the second act, clichéd or inadequate motivations (Gosling wants to defeat Cohen because the shoe-shine boy died) etc.

  • Superzoom | February 7, 2013 4:34 PMReply

    Haven't seen "Gangster Squad" (who has?), but many of the problems with that movie sound script-based. Sounds like an actual smart move to dump Will Beall.

  • CARY | February 7, 2013 4:02 PMReply

    Cannot get my head around how this Beall guy got JL job. Somebody high up in WB must have really liked Gangster Squad script.

  • Alex | February 7, 2013 3:59 PMReply

    Nolan can do all the comic book movies and Abrams can do all the geeky sci-fi movies.

  • u | February 7, 2013 3:50 PMReply

    lol yeah call nolan

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