With a lot riding on the finished film, it should come as little surprise that Warner Bros doesn’t want to leave anything to chance when it comes to the Justice League film? Still, is the studio willing to throw out the script and start again from scratch with just two-and-a-half years till the release date? Well the latest rumor de jour answers that question with a possible maybe.
Badass Digest is reporting from its sources that initial reaction to Will Beall‘s script was surprise. Surprise that it was so terrible. Credit Beall’s inexperience (he has one season on Castle and the script for Gangster Squad as his sole credits), or the pounding studio pressure and what’s sure to be unhelpful develop process for a film this big, and you might be able to see how this project’s gone off track. Indeed, those same sources are saying that the nature of the script is what’s keeping the film from signing a director, and considering the movie in question is Justice League, that fact is doubling surprising.
So what’s going to happen? Two options are apparent, option one: the studio can start again from scratch immediately and try to keep the film on target for a 2015 release date with a possible miss; or option two: it can push ahead with the current script, hopefully get a good re-write in the next couple of months and stay the course for 2015. I guess they could always call the whole thing off until they get their ducks in a row (or more of a row), but that depends on how stubborn Warners wants to be in making sure Marvel doesn’t stay too far ahead of them. I doubt they’ll want to let The Avengers 2 come and go without having their own super-team in the bullpen. But all this may also be predicated on the success of Man of Steel. If that flick tanks, all bets are off.
Beall’s script will have seen Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash team-up to protect the Earth against Darkseid. No word on what, if anything, of Beall’s draft will survive.
More news as it develops.