As we witness Marvel properties soar in value, we can probably predict that it has become a sore point in the Warner Bros. world. Besides the mega-hit Batman franchise via Christopher Nolan ("Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," and the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises"), the studio really hasn't had much luck in turning their DC properties into movie mega-blockbusters. Even 2006's "Superman Returns" by Bryan Singer was deemed not profitable enough that we're getting a reboot next year from producer Nolan and director Zack Snyder.
So as WB witnessed Marvel's "The Avengers" become one of the biggest hits of the year, we are hearing that the studio wants to focus on its own super-hero ensemble "Justice League." And a writer has been hired!
Variety reports that Will Beall, who wrote the upcoming "Gangster Squad," has been tapped to bring justice to "Justice League." Although WB had no comment about this top-secret hire, Beall has been the go-to script guy for the studio. Besides "Gangster Squad" (to be released on Sept. 7), Beall is writing the studio's "Lethal Weapon" reboot and "Logan's Run" remake (Ryan Gosling is expected to reteam with his "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn).
Once upon a time, WB tried to make a "Justice Leage" movie with George Miller attached to direct, Adam Brody to star as the Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Women, and Armie Hammer as Batman. But then the writers' strike happened.
And here's the biggest sore point, I think. They let Joss Whedon go. The true hero behind "The Avengers" was hired to mount a "Wonder Woman" film, but WB said no, Whedon left, and then...he wrote and directed "The Avengers" happened.
So perhaps, Warners is playing catch up -- but hey, who's complaining? I love the DC comics world (yes, just a tad more than Marvel), so anything pertaining to big-screen adaptations starring my favorite superheroes is a big deal for me!
Maybe Christopher Nolan can direct all the DC movies? HA!
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