In a move that will shock no one, Warner Bros. is taking another stab at bringing The Justice League of America to the silver screen, this time written by Will Beall. The development marks the first genuine movement on potential blockbuster since George Miller's production of Justice League, which had already cast The Lone Ranger's Armie Hammer as Batman, "The O.C.'s" Adam Brody as The Flash and "Project Runway Australia's" Megan Gale as Wonder Woman before stalling out due to financial concerns and the writer's strike of 2008.
Variety reports that Beall has been on the project for a while, even prior to the release of Marvel Studio's The Avengers, although he has yet to turn in his first draft. Beall cut his teeth writing for the ABC series "Castle" before becoming one of the hottest screenwriters in town. His first theatrical release, Gangster Squad, stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling in a story taking down organized crime in Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s. He's also been hired to write the upcoming reboot of the popular Lethal Weapon franchise, and had also been attached to Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn's Logan's Run remake, with Ryan Gosling attached to star.
There has been no word yet on Warner Bros. specific plans for the Justice League movie and potential franchise, but the company has its new Superman movie, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, scheduled for release on June 14, 2013, and is expected to reboot its lucrative Batman franchise in with a more crossover friendly tone after Christopher Nolan's upcoming The Dark Knight Rises closes out that particular trilogy. Warner Bros. has several of its comic book properties in various stages of development, including a Flash movie written by Green Lantern scribes Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green for director Greg Berlanti (Life as We Know It), and a Wonder Woman adaptation written by Michael Goldenberg, who also co-wrote Green Lantern. The production company has a surprising amount of faith in the writers of last year's superhero disappointment. Maybe they're big fans of their TV work on "Law & Order" (Guggenheim) and "Heroes" (Green) or the excellent 2003 adaptation of Peter Pan (Goldenberg).
The question remains, if they manage to get Justice League off the ground this time, whether they'll follow the Marvel Studios mold of introducing their cast of characters in their own solo movies, or if they will skip ahead to the superhero team up movie to capture the Avengers zeitgeist.
CraveOnline will be back with more Justice League news after we get back from the Watchtower.