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WB Hires Writer for Justice League Movie

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DC Comics fans are one step closer to seeing the Justice League on the big screen.

Variety reports that Will Beall has been hired to write the script, though Warner Brothers would not comment. Beall wrote September’s hotly anticipated “Gangster Squad,” starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, and Emma Stone. In addition, he’s reportedly been chosen to write the retoolings of “Lethal Weapon” and “Logan’s Run.”

For those who spent their formative years playing outside, the Justice League is a collection of DC Comics’ first-rate superheroes such as Batman, Green Lantern, Superman, The Flash, etc. According to Variety, this project has been in the works for some time, well before “The Avengers” was firmly entrenched in multiplexes.

Warners originally tried to mount a “Justice League” movie several years ago, with George Miller directing from a script by Kieran and Michele Mulroney. That iteration was set to star Adam Brody as the Flash, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and then-newcomer Armie Hammer as Batman. Back in January 2008, the studio cited a lack of tax breaks as the main reason it pulled the plug on the project, which also needed a rewrite that wasn’t possible because of the writers’ strike.

Aside from Hammer and Miller (who helmed the Mad Max series), that sounds dreadful. (Adam Brody? Is this 2005?) I’m hoping Warner Brothers, which owns DC Comics, exercises more sense in casting the second time around. Here’s a tip: Focus on acting chops, not who looks good in spandex.

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