Warner Bros. has tapped ‘Gangster Squad’ writer Will Beall to pen the script for its revived superhero film ‘Justice League,’ Variety is reporting. Warner Bros. hasn’t yet officially commented on the top-secret hire. But the film was reportedly in discussion before the release of the record-breaking ‘Marvel’s The Avengers.’
Beall, who has yet to turn in the script for ‘Justice League,’ has become a favorite for Warner Bros. He’s writing the ‘Lethal Weapon’ reboot for the studio, as well as its remake of ‘Logan’s Run.’ The latter is expected to reteam ‘Gangster Squad’ actor Ryan Gosling with his ‘Drive’ director, Nicolas Winding Refn.
Warner Bros. originally tried to create a ‘Justice League’ film several years ago. George Miller was set to direct a script from Kieran and Michele Mulroney. The movie was supposed to star Adam Brody as the Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and a then-unknown Armie Hammer as Batman.
But in January 2008, the studio cited a lack of tax breaks as the main reason it wasn’t moving forward with the project. The film also required a rewrite, which wasn’t possible, because of the writers’ strike.
Comics are a vital part of Warner Bros.’ intellectual property. ‘Green Lantern’ scribes Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green were hired to write ‘The Flash,’ with Greg Berlanti at the helm. Another ‘Green Lantern’ writer, Michael Goldenberg, was hired to pen ‘Wonder Woman.’
Written by: Karen Benardello