Does the Justice League Movie Need a New Screenplay?

Sources indicate that Warner Bros. is unhappy with the current draft, and could even scrap the whole production.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Warner Bros. seems to be taking its sweet time getting the Justice League movie together, especially since the presumably epic-scale production is set to be released in 2015, around the same time as Marvel's The Avengers 2. The popular theory is that they were waiting to see how Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, the latest Superman reboot, was going to perform at this summer's box office and respond accordingly. But now, rumors have surfaced that the problem may be much, much bigger that. Supposedly… the screenplay sucks.

Now, we haven't read that screenplay (although we sure would like to, if anybody has a draft and wants to send it our way), so we have no idea if that's true or not. Even if the rumor IS true, and everyone genuinely thinks it's terrible, they could be wrong. (It wouldn't be the first time Hollywood was wrong about the quality of its own movies.) But Badass Digest has mutliple sources that claim that the quality of the draft, written by Gangster Squad's Will Beall, has been preventing Warner Bros. from attaching a top flight director and getting the project moving.

The Justice League script, which supposedly pits the iconic crimefighting unit against the decidedly Thanos-esque Darkseid (although, in Warner Bros.' defense, Darkseid was originally created first), has apparently been tinkered with a lot, trading different heroes in and out of the draft to appease the suits at Warner Bros. That's never a good sign. Badass Digest's sources are split between those who believe the project will continue, and those who think that the production company could just give up on the movie altogether. We imagine that, as Marvel Studios' biggest potential competition for superhero movies, Warner Bros. is unlikely to abandon their own superhero franchise, but then again, if it's just going to suck, would the world really be better off with a Justice League movie?

We have no idea how true this is, but Badass Digest isn't in the habit of running hearsay. (They were even quick to remind us that CraveOnline's recent Amazing Spider-Man 2 story is basically just a conspiracy theory, which we were rather up front about, but still, kudos for not going nuts with it.) If Justice League really is in trouble, though, and needs new writers, will Warner Bros. be able to find someone capable of pumping out a quality draft in time for a 2015 release? Does anyone really want the first Justice League movie to be a rush job?

William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline's Film Channel, the co-host of The B-Movies Podcast and the co-star of The Trailer Hitch. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.