With “The Avengers” setting new box office records for Disney and Marvel everyday, it’s only a matter of time before Warner Bros. green-lights a film featuring DC Comics’ competing superhero ensemble, the Justice League. Today, the studio is one step closer to doing so, after hiring screenwriter Will Beall to pen a prospective draft.
Beall, a newcomer in Hollywood, has one feature credit to his name — for the upcoming Sean Penn/Ryan Gosling film “Gangster Squad”. His only prior work listed on IMDb is for the television series “Castle.”
Even though he hasn’t written much thus far, however, there’s a good chance that Beall will become a big deal in the future. In addition to this film, he is also working on a reboot of “Lethal Weapon” and a remake of “Logan’s Run.”
Variety, who broke the story, reports that Warners originally tried to make a Justice League movie with director George Miller (“Happy Feet,” “Mad Max”). It was set to include Adrien Brody as the Flash and Armie Hammer as Batman, but was scratched in January 2008.
It’s too early to tell whether this new project carries any promise, but one hopes that it will include a sub-plot featuring the original Green Lantern’s coming out as gay — a highly publicized recent development in DC’s comic-book series. Now that would make for a more unique superhero blockbuster.