With Avengers now sitting at the third highest grossing film of all time, DC Comics definitely wants in on some of that action. Even though they haven’t built up a cohesive movie comic book world in the way that Marvel has, they’ve still got every intention of doing a Justice League movie, and they’ve just hired Will Beall to come up with the script.
Variety now reveals that while Marvel was filming its $1.3 billion blockbuster, Warner Bros. was quietly reassembling its own superhero-team movie, lining up “Gangster Squad” writer Will Beall to pen a new “Justice League” script. The trade paper is careful to note that the hire “was more in anticipation of — rather than a reaction to — the box office success of ‘The Avengers,’” a statement that seems handcrafted by the studio, which had no official comment.
Beall, a Warner Bros. favorite who’s also writing the studio’s reboot of “Lethal Weapon” and remake of “Logan’s Run,” hasn’t yet turned in his “Justice League” script.
The long-discussed “Justice League” movie was shut down in January 2008, less than a month before it was to begin production, amid the writers strike, concerns about Australian tax incentives and the possibility of an actors strike. George Miller (“Mad Max,” “Babe”) was attached to direct from a script by “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” screenwriters Kieran and Michele Mulroney. The ensemble cast included Adam Brody as The Flash, Armie Hammer as Batman, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and Common as Green Lantern.
While it would have been nice for DC to be able to put together the same sort of pre-Justice League universe that Marvel did with the Avengers, I wouldn’t want to give Christopher Nolan’s Batman films back for anything. I just hope DC eventually does also get Flash and Wonder Woman movies out the door. I mean, they’ve got heroes that are much more well known than Marvel and they’re just sitting on their hands, redoing Batman and Superman movies over and over again.
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