Ridley Scott Has Passed On Justice League? Plus: Brian Michael Bendis Has Some Advice For Warner Bros.

This is a rumour. It’s from Cosmic Book News, a site that may indeed be very well tested, but not by me. As far as I’m concerned, they could just be pulling this stuff out of a hat.

But it’s also a rumour that gives us a chance to discuss the state of play with the Justice League movie.

Now, according to this report, Ridley Scott has passed on directing Justice League. It’s not so unlikely that he would have been offered it, and it’s not so unlikely he would have passed. They may have hit the bullseye here, even if they just took a wild shot in the dark.

The Trades have claimed, pretty clearly, that Ben Affleck passed on the gig. I know of another, well-known director that was certainly asked to take a look and said that he didn’t want to handle this one. Ridley Scott would make it three “that we know of.”

But forget who said who isn’t doing the film for a while and look at the timing. Warner Bros. have apparently pencilled the film in for a 2015 release, I think we’re almost two years since they put Will Beall to work on the script, and there’s still no director?

Sounds like something’s not right.

Having seen the fruits of his work in Gangster Squad I might crack that it’s Will Beall’s script that’s not right.

Maybe it’s really that directors don’t want to jump in bed with Warners and their DC set up when the potential for embarrassment is quite high – they’re all going to face comparison to Marvel’s output, even Chris Nolan’s work on Batman.

There’s a final point in Cosmic Book News’ story which is quite literally a bit of stating the obvious, but I think it’s the point here:

..if everything doesn’t go smooth, and unless negotiations and formalities are sped up, the Justice League movie may get pushed back to 2016.

Yeah, that “may” happen, of course it “may.”

Brian Michael Bendis has given an interview to SFX magazine and it’s in their latest print issue. He says something that seems to nail the issue for me, or rather a fix for it:

There’s a lot of brainpower here [at Marvel] so it was like ‘let’s put them to work. That’s why we’ve such a strong hit ratio and it’s why we’re light years ahead of where Warner Bros. is right now.

They should do the same thing with Geoff Johns and their other guys. They might be in better shape if they did that. Fox have hired Mark Millar to do the same thing for them on X-Men and Fantastic Four. It works, so that’s exactly what you should do.

I think he’s right. Warner Bros. want to start looking to their DC talent pool. There really does seem to be something wrong with their Justice League plans, and if they’ve got some guys on hand who really could help them fix it, I hope they turn to those guys. And soon.

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