Rumor: Justice League Movie Will Be Based On 1980 DC Story Arc

Latino Review, which just last week floated the rumor that Darkseid will be the main villain in Warner Bros.’ long-brewing Justice League, now contends it knows which DC Comics storyline will serve as the movie’s inspiration.

According to the website’s sources, Gangster Squad screenwriter Will Beall, who was quietly hired by the studio last year, will draw from 1980′s Justice League of America #183-185, in which the then-annual meeting between the Justice League and the Justice Society goes wrong when members from each team are transported to New Genesis, home planet of the New Gods.

The three-issue story, written by Gerry Conway and penciled by Dick Dillin, George Perez and Frank McLaughlin, finds the JLA and JSA teaming up with some of the New Gods to foil a plot by the Injustice Gang to resurrect Darkseid, who plans to transport his planet of Apokolips to the Earth-2 universe (then home of the Justice Society), destroying that Earth in the process.

It sounds like a fun storyline that perfectly captures that era of DC Comics: JLA/JSA team-ups, teleporter shenanigans, dimension-hopping, the Injustice Gang, and so on. But what, other than Darkseid’s plot to destroy Earth, could possibly be translated into a feature film?

Beall would have to whittle away the Justice Society (introducing one team of superheroes is difficult enough), the Injustice Gang (how do you juggle a half-dozen heroes and their respective arch-nemeses?), New Genesis (Apokolips will have to do), and most if not all of the New Gods.

What remains is Darkseid, his minions, the Justice League, and a plan that endangers Earth.

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  • Adam Walters

    The ‘transporting one planet to where another planet is’ could come off a lot like Transformers 3.

  • Dekko

    I can’t imagine they’re going to use the JSA, so the “team-up” would have to be the actual forming of the JLA.  I like the idea of the story taking place on Earth and Apokolips simultaneously perhaps.(splitting up the team being a JLA staple)  And I’d ditch all the New Gods except Darkseid and Orion. (in terms of substantial roles, that is)

  • Jack R

    “What remains is Darkseid, his minions, the Justice League, and a plan that endangers Earth.”
    Hmm. What does that sound like? Oh yeah, last summers Avenger’s movie..  If I were DC I’d, take my lumps that Marvel screwed them (intentionally) by sticking Thanos in The Avengers.. (When they had Kang, Ultron, or a half dozen other really good choices to choose from that are better than 90% of the Justice League villains (Starro?? ..please..)  and go in another direction while they still have a chance to not look derivative to the general public..Especially when the 2nd Avengers movie will be out that same summer with Thanos and intergalactic war as the centerpiece of the plot..  Do something with a global conspiracy/take over the world threat invovling Vandal Savage.. Or White Martians and a story that centers on Martian Manhunter bringing the group together to deal with them..   And RUN LIKE HELL from a Darkseid story…

  • Oneonly

    ^Or the series finale to SMALLVILLE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Phillips/45100401 Greg Phillips

     Highfather?

  • http://twitter.com/Zen_Ronin Steve

    My biggest issue with this is how much Darkseid and Thanos look so much alike. Regardless of which character came first, because of Avengers casual audiences will recognize Thanos as the “1st” apperance of two antagonists who appear so similar to eachother. DC is already being accused of rushing to keep up with Marvel and “copying” them. This admitedly uninformed opinion is only going to feed that fire, and may hurt DC’s Justice League before it ever hits theaters. Pick someone else DC and stop rushing, you’re only going to hurt yourselves, and the fans that love your universe are willing to patiently wait for a uniquely DC, quality product.

  • scarecrow

    they should just redo darwyn cookes “new frontier” as a live action movie and introduce the big dc universe in one movie, then expand from there.

  • Lion_okitkat

    “The three-issue story, written by Gerry Conway and penciled by Dick Dillin, George Perez and Frank McLaughlin,” wow I can only imagine how a storyline like this would play out now a days wether at DC or Marvel. It would be a 12 issue mini-series where nothing much happens for the first 11 issues and each issue would cost $3.99. Not to mention all the tie-ins and special one shot issues. LOL :)

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelSacal Michael Sacal

    #facepalm. I was certain that the multiverse shit of the Pre Crisis had not infected the New Gods. I hate being this wrong. I thought they had been left unscathed, free of that taint.

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelSacal Michael Sacal

    it’s the plot ofthe last episode of Smallville.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dfullam David Fullam

    Penis envy much DC/Warner Brothers?

  • Voodoo Ben

     “What remains is Darkseid, his minions, the Justice League, and a plan that endangers Earth.”

    Oh!  So you mean like the first six issues of the new JUSTICE LEAGUE ongoing?

  • VdeL

    “Beall would have to whittle away the Justice Society (introducing one team of superheroes is difficult enough), the Injustice Gang (how do you juggle a half-dozen heroes and their respective arch-nemeses?), New Genesis (Apokolips will have to do), and most if not all of the New Gods. What remains is Darkseid, his minions, the Justice League, and a plan that endangers Earth.”

    If that will be the case, how will this treatment be any different from the first Johns-Lee New 52 arc? One may as well say that the script is based on that.

  • Krysmo

    @JackR:disqus : agree with most of what you said. No idea why Marvel went for Thanos; the only conclusion is the one you came up with, to screw with DC’s original and better god-like baddie.I’d prefer that they just replitcate Morrison’s White Martians story from JLA #1-4. But something tells me that they’re gonna ditch Martian Manhunter (my fave) for Cyborg (boring). For that reason alone losing a martian story would make sense.
    But the more I think about it, if they do Darkseid properly, they could blow Thanos out of the water. So I’ll just have to hope they go for it…
    and I can still hope that MM makes the squad.

  • Astroshark

    there gonna have a JLA?JSA team up already??? Damm intorduce them first or something!

  • john

    why dont they just use johns jl 1-6 then if thats the basic idea, minus the new gods, jsa and injustice gang? be way easier…… once again the studio execs are totally clueless…… x-p

  • Chris Schillig

    This particular JL story was the first JLA/JSA team-up I ever read, and I remember it fondly. It would be great to get a TPB — would save me from bin diving in the attic. 

  • AdamH12110

    I think what’s most likely to happen is that the story will be a combination of this 1980 story and the first story arc of the current Justice League series.

  • http://twitter.com/AnakinFlair Andrew Niehaus

    The problem with using the White Martians is that- if you go by what was done with the Justice League animate show- it would be too similar to Avengers. Vandal Savage, I think, is to obscure a character for layman fans like me to even begin to know who he is. After that, who’s left? Lex Luthor…again? Grod, the talking gorilla? Eclipso, maybe (although, wasn’t he a JSA villian)? Darkseid, for all the comparisons it would draw with Avengers 2, is the best choice as Big Bad. Go ahead and do the New52 version of the JSA’s intro as the story, and hope that Darkseid will be liked more than Thanos.

  • JLA

    Jack you are 10000% right and everyone has said pretty much the same since this movie was announced.

    Just the very idea of another colorful superhero team on screen will make the movie look like a ripoff.  Even if the movie looks great its going to be bashed by the general public because of Avengers 2 AND Gaurdians of the Galaxy which will use Thanos too.

    Plus theres no way people are going to buy a NOLANVERSE Batman & Superman on another planet. 

    Save Darkseid for the sequel.

  • Comic2read

    I like the idea of Justice Society if they put the classic real Power Girl on film.

  • Bobsmith2_719

    Darkseid should be saved for the third movie. Make a trilogy out of it with the earlier and spin-off films helping to build toward it. Darkseid should only dirty his own hands after his underlines such as Kalibak and Steppenwolf have been defeated.

  • Bobsmith2_719

    Darkseid should be saved for the third movie. Make a trilogy out of it with the earlier and spin-off films helping to build toward it. Darkseid should only dirty his own hands after his underlines such as Kalibak and Steppenwolf have been defeated.

  • Bobsmith2_719

    Darkseid should be saved for the third movie. Make a trilogy out of it with the earlier and spin-off films helping to build toward it. Darkseid should only dirty his own hands after his underlines such as Kalibak and Steppenwolf have been defeated.

  • Black_manta

    Firestorm OWNED Darksied. Probably won’t see him. Shame.

  • Jimmy

    You guys are so full of crap. 99% of the public who see the trailer will think, “Hey those are the same characters from the a.) Justice League b.) Young Justice c.) Superfriends cartoon I used to watch on TV not long ago. They’ve finally made a live action film about them! Cool!” If they’re from my generation they’ll be remembering the old Super Powers: Galactic Guardians cartoon that featured Darkseid way before the Avengers even starred in a cartoon. No one with a brain will complain about a film like this. The Justice League has been in the publics consciousness for decades!
    I’m sick and tired of hearing fanboys whine about DC ripping off Marvel’s Avengers idea, when the whole concept of the Avengers itself is a rip-off of the Justice League comic!! Stan Lee even admits that was what he set out to do back in the sixties for chrissakes!

  • Jimmy

    You guys are so full of crap. 99% of the public who see the trailer will think, “Hey those are the same characters from the a.) Justice League b.) Young Justice c.) Superfriends cartoon I used to watch on TV not long ago. They’ve finally made a live action film about them! Cool!” If they’re from my generation they’ll be remembering the old Super Powers: Galactic Guardians cartoon that featured Darkseid way before the Avengers even starred in a cartoon. No one with a brain will complain about a film like this. The Justice League has been in the publics consciousness for decades!
    I’m sick and tired of hearing fanboys whine about DC ripping off Marvel’s Avengers idea, when the whole concept of the Avengers itself is a rip-off of the Justice League comic!! Stan Lee even admits that was what he set out to do back in the sixties for chrissakes!

  • Jimmy

    The reason they came up with Thanos is to tie into their Galaxy Guardian and Thor properties. He’s a cosmic baddie that can link these types of films together. Thinking Marvel only used him to screw DC is ridiculous. They’re in the business of making money by making films that sell tickets.

  • Orbitmoring

     I’m pretty sure its in Crisis on Multiple Earths: Volume 5.

  • Daniel N. Reynes

    The script probably really is based on Johns JL but I’m pretty sure they want to avoid that association this time since it was also Johns GL that was the basis for the GL movie (aside from he also having a co-producer role since he’s CCO in both films as well).

  • Daniel N. Reynes

    This screams more of a tactic to attempt to screw over Marvel w/ Thanos by having Darkseid showcased first…which does not bode well for the production as a whole if the motivation behind the production is based on emotional response instead of pure storytelling. If the story is good and strong, the movie will stand up on its own. If WB continues to just procede with their usual sum of all parts modus operandi, any potential success will be in spite of that direction.

  • Daniel N. Reynes

    LOL. No, 99% of the public has no idea what a Justice League, Young Justice, nor Superfriends is.

  • RunnerX13

    Dumb, Darkseid shouldn’t need to move his planet
    anywhere.  He can transport instantaneously, or turn Earth into a new
    Apokolips, as he’s often tried.  Please do not look to post-Crisis
    stories.  

  • RunnerX13

    Maybe not the Justice League, but the Superfriends were a major piece of pop-culture.  People have memories.

  • Dekko

    I think the best way to avoid a Darkseid/Thanos comparison would be for the JLA movie to use the Legion of Doom.  Perhaps base the story on Ross’ “Justice” mini-series.  It’d be something different than just another alien invasion, that’s for sure… (and Lex Luthor has so much more personality than Darkseid)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bahai-Kubo/100003311890414 Bahai Kubo

    Justice League America movie will not be a universal superheroes where America is America

  • http://sdelmonte.livejournal.com/ Simon DelMonte

    I loved that story.  It’s where I met the New Gods for the first time.  And the JSA, for that matter.  And George Perez.  Give me a movie with this exact story, down to Firestorm and Power Girl flirting, and I will be happy.

    Yeah, I know, it ain’t gonna happen.  But I can dream.

  • JohnZee

    First Avengers movie was about Loki with the help of a horde of completely uninteresting cookie cutter aliens with less individual originality than the standard Star Wars stormtrooper.  Exactly what you would expect from a director who mainly does television…Like in Firefly all the nameless cookie cutter alien bad guys.  Or Buffy with all the nameless cookie cutter Vampires.  For the most part except for the one cut scene with the leader of those cookie cutter aliens which main job was to set up the spoiler at the end, and a little variation that the Second Unit director provided, just not a whole lot of variety there.

    Then there is something you need consider…after that little cameo after the credits in the Avengers movie.  NO ONE HAD a frigging clue who the HELL Thanos was.  NO ONE.  Yeah there were a couple of hardcore old school Marvel fans who proudly proclaimed they knew, but for the most part on the internet, in the newspapers, everywhere you turned NO ONE HAD A CLUE WHO thanos WAS.
    Millions up millions of online articles and blogs all obviously without even the most basic clue of who the heck thanos was.

    You only look derivative if your fictional character is LESS ingrained in the overall collective consciousness.  Compare tiny cameo in Avengers with 2 seasons of Smallville, Superman Animated Series, Justice League Animated Series…etc..etc. 

    You really think that’s going to be a problem with Darkseid?

    What am I thinking…you probably do.

  • Dekko

    “Firefly” never had aliens. Maybe you were watching a different show?  And how much “individual originality” do you need from an alien horde?  Whether it’s aliens, or war movies, cowboy movies, there have always been faceless hencemen, troops or hordes.  Loki was so well done, that part didn’t bother me.

  • kirbyfanatic

    why does they not do new gods first.jack kirby style all over,bruce timm as art director.john byrne as consultant.3 part trilogy.then prequals and sequals.connect to scoot free escapes with a boomtube to metropolis.meets jimmy olsen and the guardians and the hippiecollective habitat.killermovie blast every thing.nuff said

  • Shadowpdf

    Must agree with commenter saying to run away from the Darkseid story.  Average viewers will say that DC just copied Marvel …. Not knowing the history of each character.  There are a lot of big bads in the DC universe.  Let’s hope Warner Bros. chooses another character.

  • Jimmy

    Absolute rubbish – the justice league have been on t-shirts, bed sheets, calendars, cutlery and toys for over 30 yrs. Everyone knows them. You’re either clueless or just being a troll.

  • Cjorg2

    Everyone knows who the JLA are, be it from the last Batman cartoon, the Superfriends, or Justice League Unlimited. Seth McFarlane built his career on them. And even if 99% don’t (which is laughably stupid to think) EVERYONE knows who Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and even the Flash are. They know them a lot more than a Thor or an Iron Man because they’ve been around forever. Your assertion these characters are unknown is what’s laugh out loud.

  • MrMGU

     It is. I pulled it out when I heard this rumor.

  • MrMGU

    Outside of comics, Darkseid was featured in  Super Powers: Galactic Guardians, Superman: the Animated Series, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse animated movie, Batman: The Brave and The Bold and in the final season of Smallville. He will probably appearing in Young Justice before that series ends as well.

    So, while not EVERYONE will know who he is, that’s a pretty big base of exposure in the last 30+ years.

  • http://twitter.com/hysanadu hysanadu

    Mistake.  Too much and too many characters for an intro movie.  You can’t gear a movie for the hardcore fans….it has to make sense and have a story the audience can relate to.

  • Mysterwright

    Actually, they could do it with the JSA included but in the *FORMATION* of JLA the Flash, Hawkman and Green Lantern would have to switch up JSA for JLA. Maybe that could vaguely work. Conceivably. Then in the midst of finding Darkseid they encounter New Gods. DCU is so vastly unexplored that we don’t know the JLA and JSA haven’t been meeting up for years. Its possible we’re the ones not cool enough to know better. They’re bringing us along for the ride like cool older dudes. Not vice versa. That’s true Americana. We ought to be lucky that those cocky sob’s even invited us as audience. You don’t like it? Take that sneer back to Canada. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. *snaps soda bottle cap in fanboys’ direction*   

  • Ed1382

    Maybe Superman&Batman,not sure the rest are more known esspecially Aquaman

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5PQ3W2ZDIUANVYTBMIUDX35GXQ Pedro

    wonderful, that comic is amazing, JLA , JSA and New Gods.
    Epic Comic,

    YES