Rumor: Warner Brothers scraps 'Justice League' film

A ‘terrible’ script may have killed a chance to see Batman and Superman on the same screen

UNCONFIRMED: Warner Brothers has cancelled development of a ‘Justice League’ film for now

Warner Brother’s plans to make DC Comics’ “Justice League” into the next superhero blockbuster film may have hit a roadblock, if rumors of a scrapped script are true. As reported by Badass Digest and MTV the film is said to be on hold while the studio looks to replace a writer or cancel the project altogether.

Background

The “Justice League” first graced comic book covers in 1960 and featured a team of superheroes joining up to fight evil, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter. Since then 261 “Justice League” issues have been written, roster changes have abounded,  and the series has been made into numerous animated TV episodes, films and video games.  A live action feature film has been in the works by Warner Brothers since 2007.

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‘Terrible’ script

Gangster Squad” writer Will Beall had been tapped to pen the script to the “Justice League” project, but according to Badass Digest's Devin Faraci, “multiple sources” say the script has been deemed “terrible” and been scrapped. The studio may now wait until the release of this summer’s Superman feature “Man of Steel” before deciding whether to get the gang together for “Justice League.”

High stakes

Superhero films, and particularly superhero-team films, can be big business. Last year’s Disney/Marvel film “The Avengers” brought $1.5 billion in worldwide box office sales and became the third highest-grossing film of all time. But other comic book flops, like 2004’s “Catwoman” and 2010’s “Jonah Hex,” which both lost tens of millions of dollars, serve as warning that producing such movies isn’t easy -- and quite impossible without a script.

 

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