On paper, a Justice League movie sounds like a fantastic idea. The Marvel Cinematic universe proved that a cohesive superhero universe could earn high critical praise and staggering box office grosses, and the core members of the Justice League are arguably even more famous and beloved than those who make up the Avengers. Done well, it’s a project that could conceivably blow The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises out of the water.

In practice, however, it may be a different story. Though a few details have leaked out here and there, Will Beall‘s script is cloaked in mystery for the moment. Now some worrying reports indicate we may never get to see it come to life at all. According to anonymous insiders, WB has soured on Beall’s take and could be bringing in new writers to start fresh. Hit the jump to read more.

Badass Digest got the scoop from numerous sources with knowledge of the project. The consensus among them is that Beall’s script was terrible to begin with, and that it hasn’t been helped by excessive studio meddling. The apparent awfulness of the screenplay is apparently why Justice League has had so much trouble attracting a director, despite the high-profile nature of the project.

Some of their more pessimistic spies speculate that Justice League is in such bad shape it could fall apart entirely, while others predict Warner Bros. will keep pushing with a crappy project in an attempt to keep up with Marvel. If it chooses the latter, Warner Bros. may opt to throw out Beall’s work and start fresh with new writers. Of course, all of this is assuming that Man of Steel performs well this summer. If not, Justice League will be dead in the water anyway.

There are still two years to go until the film’s targeted 2015 release, so it’s possible Warner Bros. could turn things around by then. But as of right now, it’s not looking so good. The latest rumors indicated that Beall’s film was to consist of a five-person team (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash) going up against one of the DC Universe’s biggest, baddest big bads of all, Darkseid. There’s no word yet on whether that’s still the plan.

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