Ever since Will Beall was named the screenwriter for WB’s ‘Justice League’, everyone was curious to see how the ‘Castle’ writer’s first feature length film, ‘Gangster Squad’, would turn out. Well, the movie wasn’t as spectacular as it could have been and the important suits with big offices have definitely noticed because the latest word is that Beall’s script has been thrown out completely.
According to a report from Badass Digest, many sources have indicated that the script is flat out terrible. One source calls it “half-baked from the beginning”. Previously, we learned that the original story would involve five core members including Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman as they battle the intergalactic villain Darkseid. At one point, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter were on the roster too, but they were reduced to smaller cameo roles later. Now, after an extended amount of time without a director or cast joining the project, it seems like the studio is finally realizing that the problem could be the script.
Now that the script has been seemingly scrapped, the film isn’t likely to make it’s 2015 release date where it would have gone head to head with ‘The Avengers 2’. More than ever, Warner Bros. is waiting to see how the fans receive Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ before moving on with creating a DC Cinematic Universe around it.
‘Gangster Squad’ was basically a sorry excuse for ‘The Untouchables’ with horrendous character development (even though Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s performances and storyline kinda made up for it, but not nearly enough), so I could only imagine that Beall’s ‘Justice League’ was a cheap knockoff of ‘The Avengers’. If ‘Man of Steel’ tanks, then there’s a good possibility that the studio will lose faith in DC completely and throw in the towel. If that does happen though, I don’t see it being an indefinite concession. They’ll probably try again in a few years because they most probably don’t want Marvel to have the satisfaction of producing the best superhero films.
Just like the rest of the news surrounding ‘Justice League’, this is to be treated merely as rumors for now. Not a single official word has been released about the project, but it’s a no-brainer that a lot is riding on Superman and ‘Man of Steel’ in order for it to progress.
What do you think about the ongoing drama of DC and Warner Bros’ ‘Justice League’? Do you think DC has a chance at dethroning ‘The Avengers’? With all this trouble it’s encountering already, was Mark Millar right in saying that the film would just be an “excellent way of losing $200 million”? Share your thoughts in the comments below!