"Justice League": Exploring How Superman Returns (Again)
Film, Comic Books
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.