Justice League Screenplay to Be Based on the Justice Society Story Arc from 1980
Back in June, we reported that Warner Bros. is developing a Justice League ensemble adventure, with Gangster Squad writer Will Beall hired to tackle the screenplay. Today, we have word that the script will be based off Gerry Conway's three-issue arc of the Justice League of America comic books, issues 183 through 185.
Issue 183: Crisis on New Genesis or Where Have All the New Gods Gone?
"On their way to their annual joint meeting, being held this year simultaneously on Earth-1 and Earth-2, several members of the Justice League and Justice Society are abducted via the Transmatter to New Genesis, home of the New Gods (as seen in New Gods, Forever People, and Mr. Miracle). The New Gods seek their aid after the re- maining populace of New Genesis has been kidnapped and enslaved by the minions of Apokolips, the evil world that is New Genesis's counterpart, and they reveal that Apokolips's new allies are the members of the Earth-2 Injustice Society. The heroes split up into teams, composed of one JLA member, one JSA member, and one "New God" each, and speed to various locales to undo the Apokolipsians' evil, only to discover that their ultimate plan is the revival of their late leader, Darkseid."
Issue 184: Apokolips Now!
"In battle against the three Injustice Society villains, Firestorm defeats the Shade, while Power Girl and Orion vanquish the Icicle, but the Fiddler overcomes all three long enough to return Darkseid to life. Meanwhile, the other heroes have not been idle. Super-man, the Earth-2 Wonder Woman, and Big Barda en-counter the Underground Fighters, a group of children living beneath the fortress of Granny Goodness, the training-mistress of Darkseid's elite troops. Dr. Fate, Green Lantern, and Oberon rescue Izaya (also called Highfather), the leader of the New Gods, from his Apokolips prison. Batman, Huntress, and Mr. Miracle invade Darkseid's Imperial Palace, where they uncover his plot to transport Apokolips into the universe of Earth-2 to supplant and thus destroy the homeworld of the Justice Society heroes."
Issue 185: Crisis on Apokolips or Darkseid Rising!
"While Green Lantern, Dr. Fate, Oberon, and Izaya battle Darkseid's Para-Demons, and Superman, Wonder Woman of Earth-2, and Big Barda help the young freedom fighters liberate the "students" of Granny Goodness, the Batman-Huntress-Mr. Miracle team rescues first the Firestorm-Power Girl-Orion group, and then the Injustice Society, whom Darkseid has imprisoned once he had no further use of them. The heroes and villains together then foment a revolution among the captive Nevv Genesisians, and Firestorm proves the deciding factor in the final battle between Darkseid and Orion, by turning the dark god's "Omega Force" back upon him. It is Metron who truly comes to the rescue, though, by reprogramming the villain's de-vices so that it is Darkseid, not Earth-2, which is the target. With the Apokolips leader apparently destroyed, the battle is over, and the JLA and JSA return to their respective worlds."
The comic book arc debuted in 1980, featuring the annual reunion of superhero teams Justice League of America and Justice Society of America. The story revolves around the villainous Darkseid trying to destroy Earth, using a ray that will move Apokolips into Earth's place. Earlier this month, we reported that Darkseid will, in fact, be the villain, although that has still not been confirmed by Warner Bros. yet.
It is interesting to note that this story arc includes some characters that fans may not be ready to see on the big screen, ever. Like The Fiddler and Granny Goodness. Played by Christine Willes, Granny Goodness actually appears in Smallville Season 9 and Smallville Season 10. She is an elderly woman that appears to be human, and a minion of Darkseid. The Fiddler is a super-villain and enemy to the Flash who uses hypnotic music to commit crimes. Both characters border on ridiculous, so it will be interesting to see what a Christopher Nolan style DC universe does with them. Can you imagine Betty White in your Justice League movie? Maybe Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep?
The superhero ensemble still does not have a director in place yet. The studio is planning on releasing Justice League in 2015, so there is plenty of time to find a filmmaker to tackle this immense project.