‘Justice League’ Script Is Terrible; Warner Bros. Is Looking for a New Writer

Insiders claim that Will Beall’s screenplay is being scrapped, with some wondering if this superhero ensemble will ever happen.

Warner Bros. may start fresh with a new script for Justice League
Warner Bros. may start fresh with a new script for Justice League
Last month, a report surfaced that claimed the fate of Warner Bros.' DC superhero ensemble Justice League rests on the success or failure of the studio's summer tentpole Man of Steel, featuring iconic DC Comics character Superman. Today, a new report reveals that the gestating project has another big problem: The script is terrible.

The studio is reportedly scrapping the screenplay written by Will Beall (Gangster Squad). The screenplay in question supposedly features the villainous Darkseid, with several heroes having been added and removed from the story multiple times. The exceptions are the primary heroes Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and The Flash. Some insiders even believe that the project will never come to fruition, while others think the studio is just waiting for the right script.

Warner Bros. has yet to find a director for Justice League, primarily because of their lackluster screenplay. We reported in October that the studio had set a 2015 release date, although, if they in fact are starting fresh with a new writer, it seems unlikely that they will hit this intended release date.

Justice League Part 1 comes to theaters November 11th, 2017 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Badass Digest
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  1. undeadslayer4

    the gaingster squad screenwriter sucks

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  2. Dfella504

    they need nolan man...pay da man to get his attention, jus like they did n getn bay to da another transformers we he said he was done..money talks n a lot of ways my friends..if not this sh*t is gonna fukn folp big time..

    2 years agoby @dfellaFlag

  3. Jimthar

    so are they planning on bringing bale, cavill, and reynolds in for this or are they gonna f*ck it all up and recast it?

    2 years agoby @jimtharFlag

  4. Zak Lee Ferguson


    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  5. Sean

    @Roberto-Mata They should have Joss Whedon write it!

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. Sean

    @zeus Why? Do they not like Joss Whedon or something?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  7. Bryan Yentz


    2 years agoby @bryanyentzFlag

  8. ROFLitschristian

    They really are in a jam with this one. So many people want them to take the Avenger approach. However, doing that is only going to "justify" that Marvel has the upper hand on DC, and fanboys will brag that they beat out DC for years. Plus, not every DC character is really interesting enough to have their own film - Wonder Woman, Flash, etc. I think it's best to just leave it to the many cartoon series.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise Too late. Darkseid sees all

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. Space101

    Honnestly, I really don't give a crap about this movie... I got a good feeling it's gonna turn out terrible...

    2 years agoby @space101Flag

  11. EvilWhiteMale

    @bruce_ha There are many issues here. First, several of these characters are just terrible to begin with. Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern... GARBAGE! And second, they don't fit in the same universe the way Marvel characters do. We have now been introduced to a very serious, and realistic version of Batman. Pairing him up with Superman makes absolutely no sense outside of a cartoon. This film will be a disaster if it's produced.

    2 years agoby @evilwhitemaleFlag

  12. skywise

    *waves jedi hand* You will not see any typos or spelling errors...

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. skywise

    It was alwasy a silly idea to try and do Justice League right out of the gate with no individual back stories for threse characters. Even if they manage to get the action and the story right people are going to be left feeling cold because there will be no room for REAL character development for each of the heros. If they are trying to make this the movie from which they spin out their other characters like WW or Flash, they not only have to give us the origins (short form i guess) but they have to make these characters feel real enough to care about.

    Hell even the evengers had issues in the character development department but you know what? They did not really need that becasue they had the entire phase I to prepare of for the nosebleeding action of the avengers.

    This is not surprising news. What will be surprising is if they actually find a script that works and a final product that doesnt suck.

    Even more surprising is people seriously suggesting that Joss Whedon wright anything for DC (since he is essentialy heading up the entire phase II Marvel effort).

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  14. Clint

    This could actually be a GOOD thing as it reveals perhaps the brass at Warner Bros is actually using their brains with caution in developing this properly instead of striking while the superhero iron's hot via The Avengers success. If they bother to take the time to plot out the story pieces & fit them together like Marvel did, it has a better chance to succeed. First, give us a serviceable Wonder Woman & Flash movie to help set things up better and then start leading into the ensemble flick, the RIGHT way to do it and why Marvel's still kicking their butt at the box office.

    2 years agoby @pack-rulz1978Flag

  15. moviemouse

    i bet marvels feeling pretty smug rightt now lol

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  16. bruce_ha

    @evilwhitemale It doesn't matter what the source material is, if handled right anything could be made into an amazing movie.

    Just look at what Chris Nolan did.

    2 years agoby @bruce-haFlag

  17. WongFu

    There are three options: Don't make it, get Joss to write it but not film it, let me write it mate or get Nolan to write it.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  18. EvilWhiteMale

    It's gonna be terrible no matter what. These characters work together for silly cartoons, not feature length films. With more serious takes on Batman and Superman now established, Justice League will just be silly.

    2 years agoby @evilwhitemaleFlag

  19. Roberto Mata

    @zeus@themoviefanatic The Wachowski Brothers, Jon Nolan , Ben Affleck or Whedon could write a fantastic script, but WB chose to do the film the easy and fast way, with the Gangster Squad writer. This film as I see it will never be done.

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  20. TheObserver

    It took marvel 4 years and 4 movies to lead to the avengers and build the hype and DC is trying to replicate that with just one movie, and with one of the least interesting character in DC ? (imo).. how presumptuous

    2 years agoby @TheObserverFlag

  21. justatadmatt

    This is my shocked face...


    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  22. ejk1

    @narrator Pride leadeth before the fall. WB is no different than many other companies that think they can handle everything. And to be honest, they have been successful in doing many things for many years. But But their comic book hero success lies on 5 Batman films (Batman, Returns, TDK trilogy) and the first two Superman films. And those films are spread out over 30 plus years. By contrast, Disney/Marvel has put out six quality films since 2008 (people can quibble if they want, but none of the films were terrible on the Superman 3/Batman &Robin level, and I personally enjoyed every film in Phase 1).

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  23. zeus

    @Roberto-Mata Aftr watching gangster squad reading a column like this was done. Gangster squad with all the hype was like watching Dick Tracy without the bright colours...soft. These guys need to fall on their knees and beg Nolan to get involved in this and maybe direct, like I said b4 the matrix bros would had also been a good pick to direct or even write, Warner broa should just make the obvious choice and get the people who have helped them make successful superhero movies than get people who haven't, we are bloody running out of time. @sean do not say anything about Joss writing anything, DC guys will find you..lol

    2 years agoby @zeusFlag

  24. the Narrator

    @ejk1 "Inspired", indeed. Great post and very simple. I especially love the last bit of advice there. ;) Btw, I'm not one of the masses holding out for Supes because of the Nolan factor. I'm holding out because the trailers haven't given me a reason to not see it. We'll see from there.

    However, @bawnian-dexeus had a good point about Warner Brothers. Why not fund DC to make a film department, bring in a bunch of interdependent talents ala Marvel Studios, and work their way up? Pride is the only thing keeping them from using what seems to be a winning formula, right?

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  25. Jonnred

    Does not surprise me he's a terrible writer green lantern and gangster squad sucked.

    2 years agoby @jonnredFlag

  26. Sean

    @Roberto-Mata Maybe Joss Whedon would write the script for Justice League?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  27. Fry_3000

    Suppose it all depends on what film they're aiming for and how much money they want into it. I'm surprised they haven't poached Nolan for help

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  28. Roberto Mata

    Hahahaha....Why it doesn't surprise me? The script must be written by someone, experienced with this material, a high level writer. Gangster Squad was good, but to write a team-up, the movie was just stupid, and Warner Bros trusted this kind of writer, to bring a fantastic script? Like I said the movie needs a high level writer, otherwise, the movie will never be made.

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  29. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 True. Yet I don't see why it's so hard for Warner Bros. to let DC plan stuff themselves and have the studio bank it. I want them to succeed beyond Batman and they can't hold on to their animated movies forever

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  30. ejk1

    @bawnian-dexeus Like I said, it all comes down to the writer. And sometimes the writers switch companies. For example, Ed Brubaker is a great writer. In DC, he wrote Gotham Central. He then went to Marvel, and wrote DD and Cap. Each book drew rave reviews.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

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