No Surprise - Warner Bros Hires a Writer for 'Justice League' Script
I was wondering how long it would take until we heard this kind of news. Ever since Marvel's The Avengers shattered opening weekend records with $207 million, we completely expected Warner Bros / DC Ent. to quickly kick start development on their own Justice League team-up movie. Variety is now reporting that Warner Bros has "quietly" started development again, with the first step involving hiring writer Will Beall, a relative fresh face responsible for the Gangster Squad script as well as the Logan's Run remake and Lethal Weapon reboot, all for WB. He'll be getting first shot at a post-Avengers, brand new Justice League script.
Not many details are provided besides the basics: Warner Bros, who owns DC Entertainment, is developing their own "all-star superhero pic" following the failed Justice League: Mortals project that George Miller worked on a few years back. Will Beall is likely only the first of many screenwriters to take a shot at this, as Warner Bros will probably be pouring plenty into developing something that will stand up to Avengers, as they continue to see how much that movie earns. "Warner Bros. had no comment on the top-secret hire, which, due to its timing, was more in anticipation of -- rather than a reaction to -- the box office success of The Avengers," they say. Beall hasn't turned in his screenplay yet, but is likely working on early drafts now.
With both The Dark Knight Rises coming up this summer and Zack Snyder's Man of Steel coming next, it's really not possible for them to pull any of their existing superhero actors into a team-up universe, like Marvel's Avengers. So it would instead make sense for them to try a full team-up from scratch in one solo movie, following Superman in Man of Steel (and whatever else they've got in the works). We've been hearing rumblings and rumors about Justice League movies since before even Green Lantern came out, now it sounds like they're finally getting anxious enough to restart the process. We'll keep an eye on it. Thoughts?