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Will Beall’s “Justice League” script rumored to be “terrible”

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New reports seem to imply that Will Beall’s take on “Justice League” isn’t doing so well. If rumors are to be believed, Warner Bros. has decided to scrap Beall’s script and is looking to hire new writers.

Badass Digest has heard from sources that Beall presented a “terrible” script that only got worse the more WB tried to mess with it. Considering how bad “Gangster Squad’s” screenplay was, that doesn’t sound too off base. It seems like it’s the script that caused no director to want to sign on board, even though WB said in the past that “Justice League” is targeting at 2015 release date.

“Some sources seem to think the whole movie is going to fall apart and never happen, while some believe that Warner Bros will keep moving forward, unwilling to lose the superhero arms race,” Badass Digest writes, and that’s where the new writers come into play. Hopefully they start from scratch and not try to use Beall’s script as a framework, because we’ve seen that fair epically in the past.

This news comes at the same time that Mark Millar heavily criticized WB’s attempt to bring “Justice League” to the big screen. “The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million,” he said.

Warner Bros. reportedly wants “Justice League” out in theaters in two years. Its character roster is said to include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter and Aquaman, with the villain being Darkseid.

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15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Mark Millar calls “Justice League” an “excellent way of losing $200 million”

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Mark Millar isn’t afraid to voice his opinion, but he’s out saying some things that likely won’t make Warner Bros. very happy. The Marvel consultant at Fox and established comic book writer has explained in very great detail why he doesn’t think a “Justice League” movie is going to work.

“I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date,” Millar told SciFi Now. “The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time.”

Of course, some of the characters work just fine on their own. Christopher Nolan proved Batman can still work with his “The Dark Knight” trilogy, and Zack Snyder is likely hoping the same can be said for Superman in “Man of Steel.” But what about the failed “Green Lantern” movie or hoped for “Flash” one? Millar doesn’t think they can work in the modern day.

“I adored the DC stuff growing up but really, how do you do a movie about Green Lantern, his power is that he manifests green plasma from his imagination and uses them as weapons against someone? Even that in itself if you just imagine then watching a fight scene with a guy who’s like a hundred feet away making plasma manifestations fight someone – it’s not exactly raucous, getting up close and personal,” Millar said. “The Flash has door handles on the side of his mask and if he doesn’t wear that mask, I’ll be pissed off, you know what I mean? They’re in a weird, weird situation – if you’ve got a guy who moves at the speed of light up against the Weather Wizard and Captain Cold or whatever, then your movie’s over in two seconds.”

He continued, “You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky — the best one is definitely Aquaman. Aquaman can’t even talk under water. If you think about it in comics it’s fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms? The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million.”

Warner Bros. reportedly wants “Justice League” out in theaters by 2015. Its character roster is said to include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter and Aquaman, with the villain being Darkseid.

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Warner Bros. waiting on “Man of Steel’s” success before pushing “Justice League”

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The decision to follow the Marvel Cinematic Universe formula and push a “Justice League” movie always seemed a bit risky for Warner Bros. from where we are standing. The studio has had a hit-and-miss track record with DC comics films, with projects like Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy being massive successes and then films like the Ryan Reynolds “Green Lantern” movie failing.

Now “Man of Steel” is being released, and it could mark a new era for Warner Bros.’ DC films. The movie comes out on June 14 and could set the tone for the planned 2015 “Justice League” film. According to Variety, WB is waiting to see how well “Man of Steel” does in theaters before it really starts pushing “Justice League” forward.

“A ‘Justice League’ film wouldn’t likely be in theaters before 2015, as Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of ‘Man of Steel,’ which opens June 14, before moving further ahead,” the outlet writes.

Honestly, that’s not too surprising. Will Beall has been developing a script for a while, but Warner hasn’t chosen a director despite much Internet speculation. This seems like the right route to go, since “Man of Steel’s” failure would not bode well for a “Justice League” film with an entirely new cast. Fortunately for WB, “Man of Steel” looks like it will actually be pretty fantastic.

Meanwhile, “Man of Steel” writer David S. Goyer opened up about his take on the film in a new interview with Empire (via ComicBookMovie.com). In the interview, he talked about how Superman will be portrayed as “a man, yet he’s not a man” in the upcoming film. He also explained how he and director Zack Snyder tried to ground the movie in reality.

“It is obviously a much longer process with a character like Superman. It is much easier to do a realistic take on Batman. You know nothing can hurt Superman, presumably other than Kryptonite,” he said. “The challenge was simply: can we figure out a way to make those elements work, quote unquote, in the real world? It’s very much a story of a man with two fathers.”

“Man of Steel” stars Russell Crowe, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. It is due in theaters on June 14, 2013 in IMAX and 3D.

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