With the success of ‘The Avengers,’ fans of rival DC Comics have wondered how long would they have to wait before they see their favorite superhero team assemble? Well, Justice League fans, wait no longer as it looks like Warner Bros. have been developing something for a while now!
For the last year, the studio has been quietly working on ‘Justice League’ and had secretly hired Will Beall to write the screenplay. Beall has been Warner Bros. go to scribe as he’s also signed on to pen ‘Lethal Weapon 5,’ ‘Logan’s Run’, and completed ‘Gangster Squad’ for the studios. He was also the executive story editor and writer for the ABC series ‘Castle.’
According to Variety, Beall has yet to turn in a completed script so it may be a little while longer before this film becomes a reality. In Beall’s defense, however, he is working on an uphill battle with a clean slate. While ‘The Avengers’ had many Easter Eggs and clues leading up to a team up in such movies as ‘Captain America,’ ‘Thor,’ and ‘Iron Man,’ the ‘Justice League’ really only has one recent successful superhero film and that would be the Batman franchise.
If you recall, a ‘Justice League’ film was in the works several years ago (2007 to be exact) and even made it to the production stage with its cast on set in Australia. This version had George Miller (‘Mad Max’ trilogy) directing from a script by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’) and was set to star Adam Brody (‘Scream 4,’ ‘Seeking A Friend for the End of the World’) as the Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, and then newbie Armie Hammer (‘Mirror, Mirror,’ ‘Reaper,’ ‘The Lone Ranger’). The studio pulled the plug on the project citing lack of tax breaks and the need for a rewrite that wasn’t possible due to the current writer’s strike at the time.
The next superhero film DC fans can look forward to is ‘Man of Steel’ with Henry Cavill and while I’m all for a Cavill and Bale movie, there is some concern as to whether Bale would even consider coming on aboard for a Justice League film. Some surmise ‘Justice League’ could be a great jumping off point for someone to reboot the Batman franchise as well as be a great starting off point for other superhero films.
And while we’re on the subject of other superhero films, there are other movies currently in development and in the script writing phase. DC Comics is a very important part of Warner Bros’ intellectual property vault so it’s great news that the studio has also announced that ‘The Flash’ is currently in the works with ‘Green Lantern’ scribes Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green hired to write the script. Apparently, Greg Berlanti has been set to direct. All three are also involvd in the new CW series ‘Arrow.’
Also in the works (and this news has me really excited!) is that a female superhero is finally getting a big screen treatment! ‘Wonder Woman’ also has a writer working on a script and that is Michael Goldenberg. Yes, he’s the same guy who was part of the ‘Green Lantern’ writing team, but he did also scribe ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ ‘Contact’ with Jodie Foster, and the Christian Slater romance ‘Bed of Roses’ all of which were pretty decent. Warner Bros is probably kicking themselves right about now as at one point Joss Whedon was working on this film but the studio never followed through on it. As a fan of Wonder Woman, my mind boggles as to the awesomeness Whedon would have brought to the character had he still been on board. Goldenberg does have some large expectations to fill.
So do you think Warner Bros has the ability to successfully bring the DC universe to the big screen or do you think they should stick to what they know best and just concentrate on their animated shows? And how awesome do you think a Wonder Woman film would be? Curious to hear your thoughts.