The Three Comics That The Justice League Movie Is Said To Be Based Upon

Will Beale is rumoured to have taken his basic plot premise for the new Justice League movie from three issues of Gerry Conway and George Perez‘s run on Justice League of America in 1980.

Latino Review, who were the first to claim that Darkseid will be the villain of the film, back at the start of the month, say that the film will follow in the footsteps of issues 183, 184 and 185.

I dare say Beale added a little more “origin” type material to the first act, this being a Hollywood superhero film, but what is there in these three issues that he could draw upon?

An awful lot. Too much, probably.

The big problem with adapting these comics faithfully, I’m told, is that they feature the Justice Society of America as well as the common or garden League. There are New Gods characters popping up all over the place. I expect that Beale would just ditch those characters, though. Surely they’re not crucial to the basic bones?

Another problem is that these issues come from a time when there were multiple earths in the DC universe – or multiverse, or whatever – and some of the story took place in these parallel realities simultaneously. That doesn’t seem very summer tentpoley to me. That too will be ignored, I’m sure.

The thrust of Darkseid’s plan in these comics, though, is that he’s going to destroy the Earth and give its space in the solar system to his home world, Apokolips. That was more or less the plot of the last Transformers film, if I recall correctly.

And this is all I’ve been able to pick up about this story arc without reading it.

So I should fix that. I think I need to read them. 183, 184 and 185 are all available at Comixology. These should shed a bit of light on what Warner Bros. are planning, if I can only sift through all of the stuff they’ll just have to throw away, file the story down to the core.