Justice League Alex Ross

If the development of Warner Bros.’ potential Justice League movie has been following the classic, serial storytelling structure, we’re now be at the point where the Joker and Lex Luthor have the League tied up and hanging precariously over a giant vat of acid. Will they be able to find a way to escape and triumph over the bad guys before their dastardly device dips them down into the deadly drum of despair? Tune in next week to find out!

The basic timeline of The Justice League’s development goes like this: comic book competitor Marvel made the gross national product of a pretty respectable country by teaming up all of their biggest heroes for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, so Warner Bros., who own the DC comics stable of characters, instantly became jealous. Over the past decade or so the only success they’ve had with comic book movies has come from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight franchise, and they want a much bigger piece of that superhero pie. Their answer to this problem? Team up all of the DC characters like Marvel did and stick them in a Justice League movie, ASAP.

The original plan was to have The Justice League be released in 2015, and instead of having a series of solo movies leading into the ensemble film like Marvel did, they were going to skip right to the money-making team-up thing first, and then try to spin solo franchises out of that. The film wouldn’t come completely without groundwork being laid though, the rumor was that something would be included in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman movie, Man of Steel, to start paving the way.

After that, Warners seemed to start second-guessing their plan. Reports came out that said the Justice League movie wasn’t exactly green lit yet, and that they were going to wait to see how Man of Steel performed at the box office before they decided to go forward with the picture. And now, in what may be the biggest blow the project has received so far, Badass Digest is claiming to have several sources who have confirmed that Warners has completely scrapped the Justice League script that they’ve been working from so far, and they now intend on starting over from scratch by completely rewriting and reconceptualizing the project. Things have even gotten so bad that Fox’s Marvel movies crony and longtime comic creator Mark Millar is taking potshots at the League in an interview with SciFiNow, saying that a Justice League movie is destined to lose money because all of the DC characters are dated and questionable in their conception.

This, of course, raises the question, do all of these hurdles and bad omens mean the imminent doom of a potential Justice League movie? Or could we, perhaps, just be seeing Warner Bros. backing off from their initial envy of all of that money that Marvel made, and smartly deciding to hold off on pushing a Justice League movie through too quickly before a better crafted and more long term plan can be created? Will we soon see a new plan coming out of the studio that lays the groundwork for a sure-fire Justice League film to be released 4 or 5 years from now? Or is this just the latest bit of evidence supporting the now decades old theory that Warners has absolutely no idea how to make a superhero movie? What do you think?

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