Warner Bros. Still Planning a Justice League Movie, Hires a Screenwriter
06.06.12 by Ryan
Last August, Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov said the studio "remains interested" in a Justice League adaptation. After watching the record-breaking success of The Avengers, Warner Bros. appears ready to utilize its own line-up of superheroes from DC Comics.
Variety reports the studio hired Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall to write a Justice League script as The Avengers started shooting last year. According to the report, Beall has yet to turn in his script, so it doesn't look like Justice League will step in front of cameras any time soon. The timing could be right for Warner Bros. as director Christopher Nolan will wrap up his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises this July and the studio is set to reboot its Superman franchise with Man of Steel next summer. Nolan has never been interested in trying to blend his interpretation of Batman with other DC characters, and a Justice League movie could finally put Batman into a shared DC cinematic universe. Also, after the disappointment of last year's Green Lantern, a Justice League movie could revitalize the character, not unlike the way The Avengers did for the Hulk.
It wouldn't be the first time Warner Bros. had assembled (ahem) a Justice League movie. Director George Miller was only "a couple days away" from shooting a Justice League movie in 2007, when the Writer's Strike and a denial of tax rebates forced the studio to close down production. That cast included a then-unknown Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as Batman, as well as D.J. Cotrona (the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retribution) as Superman, Adam Brody (The O.C.) as The Flash, and rapper/actor Common as Green Lantern.
Should Justice League move forward from Beall's script, it's no guarantee that Henry Cavill will continue to play Superman. As Man of Steel director Zack Snyder revealed last April: "What [Warners] will do with Justice League will be it's own thing with it's own Batman and own Superman." What that means for Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern is also unknown.