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Warners Hires New Justice League Writer
Will Beall in comic book non-shocker!

06 June 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Even before Marvel’s Avengers got together and began Hulk-smashing box office records, Warner Bros. wanted to try to do something similar with its own comic-based universe and gather the Justice League. But though the studio has already tried and failed at least once to get the gang together without taking the longer Marvel road and making individual films first, that hasn’t put the studio off the idea, setting Gangster Squad writer Will Beall the task of getting it started.

Though Beall was hired before Cap. and co started their triumphant box-office march, the studio will certainly be pressing him to deliver now they know there is gold in superhero team-ups.

Beall has become a hot property at Warners, having written Gangster Squad (set to arrive here on November 9), which won him the Lethal Weapon reboot and Logan’s Run remake, the latter of which boasts Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling as the other main talent.

But we don’t envy Beall his latest task, because putting Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern and possibly more heroes together in one movie has not been an easy task. Mad Max director George Miller came closest in 2007, with names like Common, Armie Hammer and Adam Brody attached. Though he got close to production, with Weta designing effects and costumes, script issues (which couldn’t be solved due to the writers strike) and tax break problems in Australia proved to be the project’s kryptonite.

With Batman still in Chris Nolan territory until after The Dark Knight Rises, Superman only just about to reboot via Man Of Steel, Green Lantern underperforming at the box office and Wonder Woman / The Flash still in separate development, this will be a much tougher job than Marvel’s considered, relatively slow burn approach to setting the stage. That Warners will one day have a Justice League film in cinemas seems certain. The issue is going to be what form it’ll take…


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Justice
I think that they should just leave it alone and concentrate on doing really great individual hero movies that are of equal quality (but not the same as) The Dark Knight trilogy. I know Marvel did take a 5-year slow-burn approach to The Avengers but Captain America was a pretty bad film. It felt like it was rushed just so people could recognise him. I'd rather if DC didn't approach the JL film like that. They should really work on rectifying Superman's reputation as a great hero, uplifting the More

Posted by 3DCandyland at 12:41 on 07 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Warners Hires New Justice League Writer
Without Batman and Superman, would anyone really care about a JLA film? (outside of hardcore comic book fans). More

Posted by Discodez at 12:32 on 07 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: hello
Trouble is that's a bit screwed what with Batman & GL still having their original backstories intact. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 09:59 on 07 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Scales of Justice
L: BenTramer @acer7 I agree with you. These heroes have decades of backstory in the comics, all the mythology is there and smart adaptations always pay heed to that. What isn't easy is writing an ensemble movie with many characters, The Avengers got the balance right where movies like X-Men didn't. first 2 X-Men were great, so was X-men: First Class. I don't know what you are talking about bro. More

Posted by Mr. White at 03:04 on 07 June 2012 | Report This Post

years to late and needs doing well
this idea will again fail. batman has been a success under nolan, who is also involved in the rebooted superman film man of steel which i hope is amazing and will hopefully turn in to a trilogy. also the odds of superman in the cinema in 2 different films at the same time is unlikely. green lantern even though i liked it didnt do well and would more than likley be started again. wonderwomen has been talked about for years but failed to even get off the ground as a tv show. no chance will bale do More

Posted by chrisharvey1551 at 01:17 on 07 June 2012 | Report This Post

Comic Book Saturation ?
OK, never thought I would ever say this as I love comic book heroes, but seriously, is this now being over done ? Think the studios need to start moving away from churning out these films, reboots, remakes and reimaginings and make ORIGINAL screenplays ! There must be some good untapped novels out there waiting for a keen director to make GOLD out of ? More

Posted by blue_lion at 17:12 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Comic Book Saturation ?
OK, never thought I would ever say this as I love comic book heroes, but seriously, is this now being over done ? Think the studios need to start moving away from churning out these films, reboots, remakes and reimaginings and make ORIGINAL screenplays ! There must be some good untapped novels out there waiting for a keen director to make GOLD out of ? More

Posted by blue_lion at 17:12 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Re:hello
@Acer X-Men Origins:Wolverine was a stinking pile and it didn't get "outstanding reviews"...Hence the whole rebooting they're doing with James Mangold...they're basically pretending that film never came out because it was crap. If you think X-Men 1 and 2, Thor, and ALL Spiderman films all "sucked"...then I think you're in the minority. Aaanyway...A rushed JL movie would be a great disservice..I think they're just testing the waters until after they release Man of Steel next s More

Posted by ronniem at 15:13 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: hello
The New 52 - love it or hate it - is a great launch pad for this. More

Posted by Russ Whitfield at 14:14 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Or they could just...
I don't know, find someone with actual comic book nous and pedigree, it's all fine and dandy hiring a writer they feel is on a hot streak, but why not actually acquire a script from someone with a comic book background all the actually succesful movies had that in common from Batman Begins, Thor, X-Men: First Class etc. Could save them some serious box office blushes and actually give them a franchise lift off More

Posted by Marly93 at 14:05 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: hello
Acer7, I think you're misremembering to suit your arguement. As has already been said X-men 1&2 we're pretty solid and the foundation of everthing that's come since. The First two spidermen movies were well recieved, especially 2. Even Thor was quite successful, particularly when he's a less well known character. Then you've got yourself a bit tied up because Avengers draws heavily on the story from Thor so to argue one is a success because it sticks to the comics AND the story laid down b More

Posted by dapieman at 13:40 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Do it the Avengers Way
L: Gazzabrook Not sure what to make of this. Yes I want (no need) a justice league film in my life, however I don’t want it to be rushed just because The Avengers has done so epically well . Warner Bros. Learn from Marvel studios get the main cast right for at least one stand alone film each before putting them together there’s too much back story. I don’t believe that Bale should play Batman, I think a new bat will be needed and I think Green lantern will work fine as a supportin More

Posted by jobloffski at 13:37 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Do it the Avengers Way
I agree. Stick to the original lineup. I really want to see martian manhunter More

Posted by acer7 at 13:27 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Do it the Avengers Way
About time typical WB should've been done about 2-3 years ago I'd rather start with only Wonder Woman, Flash, G.L, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter & Black Canary just like the original line up & bring Supes in during the 1st Bats during the 2nd & that way have em all together for a 3rd. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:22 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: 1st 2 X-Men
@ronin casting halle berry as storm? Casting ana paquinn as rouge? Cmon. The only reason those movies were halfway decent was because of patrick stewart and ian mckellen. ”do u know what happens to toads when they get struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else” lol rofl. Wow. Im not arguing the first 3xmen didnt have any good parts in them. Just those good parts were few and far between. The story was nowhere near close to the comic book story. Its just after seeing xme More

Posted by acer7 at 13:21 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Do it the Avengers Way
Not sure what to make of this. Yes I want (no need) a justice league film in my life, however I don’t want it to be rushed just because The Avengers has done so epically well . Warner Bros. Learn from Marvel studios get the main cast right for at least one stand alone film each before putting them together there’s too much back story. I don’t believe that Bale should play Batman, I think a new bat will be needed and I think Green lantern will work fine as a supporting char More

Posted by Gazzabrook at 12:55 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Warners and DC still have a way to go...
L: partybee before they can handle this. They're probably gonna have to start Green Lantern from scratch, just like they're doing with Supes, here was a story a while ago though about how DC aren't planning an avengers strategy - they're not going to set up individual movies and then combine the characters, they're just going to come straight out with a Justice League movie, and it'll have a different Superman to Zak Snyder's. It'll run parallel to the other movies. Won't be part of More

Posted by Osric at 12:54 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Warners and DC still have a way to go...
L: partybee before they can handle this. They're probably gonna have to start Green Lantern from scratch, just like they're doing with Supes, and like the article says; they still haven't got Flash together and are clearly uber-puzzled at how to approach Wonder Woman. I'd HATE to see J'onn J'onzz left out. I also suggest New Frontier as good research material. hey could go for the Ghost Rider 2 approach and just ignore the previous film and tell the origin in a quick montage at the s More

Posted by Tzarification at 12:31 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Warners and DC still have a way to go...
before they can handle this. They're probably gonna have to start Green Lantern from scratch, just like they're doing with Supes, and like the article says; they still haven't got Flash together and are clearly uber-puzzled at how to approach Wonder Woman. I'd HATE to see J'onn J'onzz left out. I also suggest New Frontier as good research material. More

Posted by partybee at 12:26 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Well from what I have heard superman will be ready much sooner before its release so perhaps Nolan can be persuaded to throw in an after credits scene. Not much even a brainiac cameo to give the sort of threat that the justice league would be needed for and if it doesn't pan out being a superman movie it could still be resolved in a sequel. More

Posted by Tzarification at 12:10 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: About that
L: acer7 Why cany Nolan do it? He would be a better choice. t think he wants to go the obvious "super" route, he kept all transhuman elements well out of his batman, I don't think superman et al. appeal to him. More

Posted by Lord_Nabu at 10:42 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

1st 2 X-Men
@acer...The first 2 X-Men are two of the best comic book films released to date. As a matter of fact, they paved the way for serious directors to see that you need to use the story and strong characters to drive the film, not CGI. The 3rd one sucked but I strongly disagree that the Bryan Singer films weren't any good. They were solid pieces of work. More

Posted by ronniem at 10:03 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Scales of Justice
Well let's hope he's read Jim Kruegers "Justice" or even Geoff John "Origins" New 52. Two stories ripe for adaptation into cinema. Dave. More

Posted by DMonkey77 at 09:22 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Scales of Justice
Very well said Ben. And please dont cast actors that have already been casted as a superhero in another series. Example ryan rynolds as green lantern when he was already casted as deadpool. Example Chris Evans as Captian America when he was already casted as the Human Torch. Even if they dont plan on making sequels. It really confuses and upsets some people. Not to mention a total lack of effort from the casting director. More

Posted by acer7 at 08:40 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

Scales of Justice
@acer7 I agree with you. These heroes have decades of backstory in the comics, all the mythology is there and smart adaptations always pay heed to that. What isn't easy is writing an ensemble movie with many characters, The Avengers got the balance right where movies like X-Men didn't. More

Posted by BenTramer at 08:21 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

hello
Its not hard to write a comic book movie... Pick up a comic book and start reading. Its a long running successful series because of the story. It does not need changing. If you change the story you mess things up and piss a lot of people off. Why do you think the spidermans, first 3xmen, green lantern, thor, ghost rider all sucked. Because they diverted from the original one. We are tired of garbage comic book movies. The avengers, batman, xmen first class, and xmen origins wolverine. They all More

Posted by acer7 at 07:47 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

About that
Why cany Nolan do it? He would be a better choice. More

Posted by acer7 at 07:47 on 06 June 2012 | Report This Post

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