Fresh in the wake of the first feature film to star the iconic DC Super Hero team, new details from an unused script have emerged.
Written in 2011 by Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall, the script was set deep in the DC mythos, featuring tons of appearances from various DC villains and heroes in addition to the main Justice League. WB had been eyeing a Justice League film for some time, even without the cinematic universe, as the script came about after George Miller’s cancelled Justice League: Mortal, but before 2013’s Man of Steel.
The script’s League would be primarily composed of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern (Jon Stewart), but they would fight alongside the Amazons, Green Lantern Corps, and a kind of Suicide Squad at different points in the film. The main villain would be Darkseid, but eventual Justice League villain Steppenwolf would also have had a brief appearance.
The script opens on Darkeid’s homeworld of Apokolips quickly before diving into a set piece featuring Batman and Superman teamed up to fight Killer Croc, Lex Luthor, and KGBeast in LexCorp tower. Oh, and that fight involved a shark tank. And Killer Croc bites one of the sharks. The fight ends as Darkseid’s minion Dasaad shows up and kills Killer Croc, stealing the Kryptonite that Lex Luthor was trying to buy from KGBeast.
Batman and Superman, here apparently good friends already familiar with each other’s secret identities, have coffee in Metropolis Diner. Their conversation brings up other heroes like Green Arrow, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern before they leave to recruit the Flash (Barry Allen) from Central City.
We’re then introduced to Amanda Waller and King Faraday at the Department of Metahuman Affairs, where they retrieve Killer Croc’s body from the fight earlier. A slew of other villains are introduced here, including Tattooed Man, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, and Copperhead.
We’re then taken to space, where space cops Green Lantern and Hawkman get an action sequence together in a space-nightclub as they try to stop Kanjar Ro and Dasaad from weaponizing the stolen Kryptonite. The first act ends with Steppenwolf and an army of Parademons kidnapping Superman and taking him to Apokolips.
The second act begins as Batman travels to Themyscira to meet with Wonder Woman. Here, the two have a romantic history, which comes up again later. Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, and the Flash all meet back at the Batcave. There’s some fun Batman easter eggs such as Mr. Freeze’s cyro-gun, Scarecrow’s mask, and the Penguin’s umbrella. Afterwards, Jon Stewart returns to the Green Lantern homeworld of Oa where he finds all his fellow Lanterns, including Katma Tui, Kilowag, Guy Gardner, Salakk, and Tomar-Re, wiped out by Darkseid.
Darkseid then invades Earth, with Dasaad mind-controlling Superman to fight with them. Batman uses a special armor to battle Superman as the rest of the League fight Darkseid’s invasion. Wonder Woman is able to free Superman from Dasaad’s mind control, before Supes travels through a Boom Tube eleven years into the future.
Superman, stuck in the future, finds that Darkseid has wiped out 80% of the world’s population. Wonder Woman leads the resistance alongside Batman, and the two have a son named Clark Wayne. Batman leads a crew called Batman’s Berserkers which includes Deathstroke, Captain Boomerang, Cheetah, and Huntress as members. Lex Luthor also aids in the resistance, which is headquartered at the Fortress of Solitude. Lex Luthor comes up with a way to send the Flash back in time using a Boom Tube to prevent Darkseid’s invasion before it happens. Barry travels back in time and dies in his younger self’s arms, warning about the grim future he came from.
This prompts Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern to go to Apokolips and free Superman before he can be mind controlled. Together the League, the Green Lantern Corps, and the Amazons team up to fight Darkseid on Apokolips before he invades Earth. The script ends with Lex Luthor planning his presidential campaign as he receives a message from his future self, revealing Superman’s secret identity: Clark Kent.
Will Beall earned a two-picture deal from the script, and Ben Affleck reportedly briefly considered directing. It certainly would have been a jam-packed film, and one clearly set on using every interesting part of the DC Universe it could. How do you think it sounds? Would you have liked to see this Justice League? Let us know at SuperBroMovies.
Source: The Wrap