To say Warner Brothers and DC Comics have had trouble getting their Justice League film off the ground may be putting it mildly; the film has been in development for several years but has repeatedly hit snags. Now, the project has run into more trouble, as reports indicate that the studio has tossed out Will Beall's script.
According to Devin Faraci, Beall's screenplay, which the studio commissioned last year, may have been scrapped over quality issues. The screenplay is apparently "terrible" and has been "half baked from the beginning," with "reports saying that heroes (beyond the core five of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern) have been cut and added from the proceedings seemingly at studio executive will."
Furthermore, the script has been so weak that it's been difficult for the studio to convince any director to come aboard, which explains the stagnant nature of this project for the past few months. Some early rumors indicated that WB was interested in Ben Affleck and the Wachowski siblings, but there have been precious few rumblings for months on this front.
This news comes on the heels of reports that the studio has been hesitant to charge ahead with "Justice League" until it sees how "Man of Steel" performs this summer. At the time, that just sounded like some sound business sense, but it seems like bigger issues are plaguing this crossover film.
The gap between Marvel and DC's cinematic output has never seemed wider; just earlier this week, scoops revealed that Marvel is already thinking beyond its next phase of films by possibly adapting the "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk" storylines. Meanwhile, DC hasn't had much success beyond the "Dark Knight" trilogy, which will be kept separate from the eventual Justice League film.
If that film happens at all. As Faraci notes, some insiders wouldn't be surprised to see WB scrap the idea altogether. At any rate, it seems likely that the film won't be around for the summer of 2015 after all, which might be just as well since "The Avengers 2" would likely dwarf it.