'Justice League' Screenplay to Be Based on the 'Justice Society' Story Arc from 1980

Screenwriter Will Beall is reportedly using the Gerry Conway penned issues of the Justice League of America comic book.
Back in June, we reported that Warner Bros. is developing a Justice League ensemble adventure, with Gangster Squad writer Will Beall hired to tackle the screenplay. Today, we have word that the script will be based off Gerry Conway's three-issue arc of the Justice League of America comic books, issues 183 through 185.

Justice League 183

Issue 183: Crisis on New Genesis or Where Have All the New Gods Gone?


"On their way to their annual joint meeting, being held this year simultaneously on Earth-1 and Earth-2, several members of the Justice League and Justice Society are abducted via the Transmatter to New Genesis, home of the New Gods (as seen in New Gods, Forever People, and Mr. Miracle). The New Gods seek their aid after the re- maining populace of New Genesis has been kidnapped and enslaved by the minions of Apokolips, the evil world that is New Genesis's counterpart, and they reveal that Apokolips's new allies are the members of the Earth-2 Injustice Society. The heroes split up into teams, composed of one JLA member, one JSA member, and one "New God" each, and speed to various locales to undo the Apokolipsians' evil, only to discover that their ultimate plan is the revival of their late leader, Darkseid."

Justice League 184

Issue 184: Apokolips Now!


"In battle against the three Injustice Society villains, Firestorm defeats the Shade, while Power Girl and Orion vanquish the Icicle, but the Fiddler overcomes all three long enough to return Darkseid to life. Meanwhile, the other heroes have not been idle. Super-man, the Earth-2 Wonder Woman, and Big Barda en-counter the Underground Fighters, a group of children living beneath the fortress of Granny Goodness, the training-mistress of Darkseid's elite troops. Dr. Fate, Green Lantern, and Oberon rescue Izaya (also called Highfather), the leader of the New Gods, from his Apokolips prison. Batman, Huntress, and Mr. Miracle invade Darkseid's Imperial Palace, where they uncover his plot to transport Apokolips into the universe of Earth-2 to supplant and thus destroy the homeworld of the Justice Society heroes."

Justice League 185

Issue 185: Crisis on Apokolips or Darkseid Rising!


"While Green Lantern, Dr. Fate, Oberon, and Izaya battle Darkseid's Para-Demons, and Superman, Wonder Woman of Earth-2, and Big Barda help the young freedom fighters liberate the "students" of Granny Goodness, the Batman-Huntress-Mr. Miracle team rescues first the Firestorm-Power Girl-Orion group, and then the Injustice Society, whom Darkseid has imprisoned once he had no further use of them. The heroes and villains together then foment a revolution among the captive Nevv Genesisians, and Firestorm proves the deciding factor in the final battle between Darkseid and Orion, by turning the dark god's "Omega Force" back upon him. It is Metron who truly comes to the rescue, though, by reprogramming the villain's de-vices so that it is Darkseid, not Earth-2, which is the target. With the Apokolips leader apparently destroyed, the battle is over, and the JLA and JSA return to their respective worlds."


The comic book arc debuted in 1980, featuring the annual reunion of superhero teams Justice League of America and Justice Society of America. The story revolves around the villainous Darkseid trying to destroy Earth, using a ray that will move Apokolips into Earth's place. Earlier this month, we reported that Darkseid will, in fact, be the villain, although that has still not been confirmed by Warner Bros. yet.

It is interesting to note that this story arc includes some characters that fans may not be ready to see on the big screen, ever. Like The Fiddler and Granny Goodness. Played by Christine Willes, Granny Goodness actually appears in Smallville Season 9 and Smallville Season 10. She is an elderly woman that appears to be human, and a minion of Darkseid. The Fiddler is a super-villain and enemy to the Flash who uses hypnotic music to commit crimes. Both characters border on ridiculous, so it will be interesting to see what a Christopher Nolan style DC universe does with them. Can you imagine Betty White in your Justice League movie? Maybe Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep?

The superhero ensemble still does not have a director in place yet. The studio is planning on releasing Justice League in 2015, so there is plenty of time to find a filmmaker to tackle this immense project.

Justice League is in development and stars Gal Gadot.



Sources: Latino Review

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Comments (79)

  1. Geekster

    such an opposed villian, it will be visually tacking and a task to create this and make it all characteristically and mythological erudite- get Affleck on board now!

    1 year agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  2. Ecam94

    Am I the only one who thinks justice league is just a really bad idea for dc to produce at the moment, their individual arcs and films are far better then marvels, with the dark knight trilogy and the soon to be man of steel film, good on marvel for doing what they do, forgettable hero stories that lead to team up films, DC should continue their great work and not try to compete, single stories that have depth and development rather than rushed works to please the idiotic demographic

    1 year agoby @Ecam94Flag

  3. Roberto Mata

    @bawnian-dexeus I trust the Wachowski Brothers if they are given the chance to direct, no doubt they would do a fantastic Justice League film, they develop the characters in their films very wisely, as Cloud Atlas and The Matrix, which all have a very large cast, let's wait and see.

    1 year agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  4. Roberto Mata

    @bawnian-dexeus See it Again, is one of those films that you love the more times you see it, is really impressive, a villain torn hero by the course of time, but every one gives their own opinion so, yeah

    1 year agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Roberto-Mata I saw it once, understood it the first time, and was left underwhelmed so, yeah

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  6. SherlockHolmes2009

    I still think their going too big

    1 year agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  7. ROFLitschristian

    Cool. The movie will for sure be a huge let down, but cool.

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  8. David garcia

    Rather see a Batman/Superman movie, cavill and JGL.

    1 year agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  9. Roberto Mata

    @zeus Yes we Do!

    1 year agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  10. zeus

    @Roberto-Mata en Dios confiamos

    1 year agoby @zeusFlag

  11. Roberto Mata

    @zeus Please Do!, and let's hope for all this to happen!

    1 year agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  12. zeus

    @Roberto-Mata, I haven't seen Cloud Atlas yet, but from that long ass trailer it does look like beautiful work, will fill you in on my opinion when I do!!

    1 year agoby @zeusFlag

  13. zeus

    @Roberto-Mata Amigo, fingers crossed, if we get it compiled like that,we got something going here, I trust, no one will say its been done before because it will be just too cool to watch it again on a superhuman grand stage!!

    1 year agoby @zeusFlag

  14. Roberto Mata

    @zeus For Example Cloud Atlas is very underrated, the movie is a great achievement in movie filmmaking, yes it is like a puzzle but once you see it for a second time, it is all clear and fantastic. The Matrix Trilogy, the first two were great, the third no so much, but it is still good, I have no doubts The Wachowski Brothers, could pulled this off and in less than 2 years, and let me remind you that if they do it, the movie will have a great twist!

    1 year agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  15. Roberto Mata

    @zeus Agreed, Doomsday will definitely appear on Zack Snyder's version of Superman, as you said it will be like Bane in The Dark Knight Trilogy, the physical and mental test to Superman, with Chris Nolan producing, it is no doubt, for the sequel to M.O.S. expect Lex Luthor to appear a la The Joker in The Dark Knight, and yes The Wachowski Brothers will do a great job with Justice League...

    1 year agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  16. ejk1

    @ChiRep-1 Totally agree. Kudos, MW

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. zeus

    @Roberto-Mata Let me just again agree with you on the Avengers similarities, the thing with DC they just got a better style of characters than Marvel, they don't need to follow that route, it's just let them take some good stories out of the old comics and put a modern day twist to it. On another note, I don't know who agrees with me here but do express your opinion, don't you think the wachowski brothers... I mean brother and sisther, will be good directors for JLA?

    1 year agoby @zeusFlag

  18. zeus

    @superman81 You know man, I just think doomsday may appear in the final of the m.o.s trilogy, kinda like bane in dark knight, because when thoses to collide with Zack Snyder behind the camera, that will be one hell of a fight...I'm getting goose bumps just thinking about it!!

    1 year agoby @zeusFlag

  19. ChiRep_1

    Thank you, @movieweb for providing a summary of each of these issues rather than the usual image, great article.

    1 year agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  20. Superman81

    @Roberto-Mata yea WB and DC really shouldn't make it like Avengers. It might be hard but DC can pull this off.

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

  21. Sean

    @brandon-scott-todd Yes, hopefully it does all work out. I hope so as well that DC and Warner Bros hurry and make an epic Justice League movie that would be able to beat the marvel movies, mainly the Avengers movie box office total. Yet at the same time though, i wouldn't want to see them hurry on the production of a Justice League movie, possibly causing it to end up not being a good movie because of that and with a rushed script, etc.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  22. Roberto Mata

    They only have 2 years to get this right, the superheros here don't need an origin story, they should make it a stand alone film, maybe some flashbacks, but no origins, we don't need another Avengers type of film, what we need is a great believable Story, with very good actors, and we have our Justice League.

    1 year agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  23. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Dios mio...

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  24. Dan

    I would like to backtrack a little bit after thinking about it some more. I'm the guy who is tired of origin stories, so I should apply that distaste to this as well. Like I said, at least it has a foundation to work from. Granted a very complicated one (and even pre-crisis, strangely), but who knows. I do know I want to see some B tier characters get some lovin'.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  25. Superman81

    @bawnian-dexeus yep because not every movie will work set in his vision.

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

  26. Superman81

    @ejk1 some characters would be first impression but people should be aware of Flash, GL, WW, Batman and Superman. I am not sure how they will go about it but it could work.

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @superman81 As a reference. He did raise the bar, but focusing on making every hero a Nolan version, they are going to fail

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  28. ejk1

    @superman81 But that worked because of the Thor film. That quick bio in Avengers was review. This would be first impression.

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  29. Superman81

    @bawnian-dexeus I agree but did he not raise the bar high? Even this article mentions the Nolan DC universe.

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag