Long-awaited comic-book adaptation Justice League of America has been abandoned indefinitely, it has been confirmed.
According to Variety, Warner Bros studios has decided to let its casting options lapse for the DC Comics movie, after problems arose over the script and taxation issues.
Set to feature The OC star Adam Brody as The Flash alongside a number of relative newcomers - including Arnie Hammer Jr as Batman, Common as The Green Lantern, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and DJ Cotrona as Superman - the movie had been scheduled for a summer 2009 release.
"Cast-members were informed late Tuesday that their options would not be exercised, but they were also told that the studio is determined to make the film, with them in it," the Variety report states.
"Unfortunately, there were insurmountable problems that made a delay the best option."
It is thought that the cast were on location and ready to begin shooting with director George Miller when production was halted.
While a Warner Bros representative told Variety the postponement had been caused by a delay in receiving an official response regarding tax breaks for shooting the film in Australia, the trade paper also reports that Kieran and Michael Mulroney's script is in need of a rewrite.
And with the Writers' Guild of America (WGA) continuing to strike in protest at allegedly unfair royalty payments, reworking the script will not be possible until the industrial action has concluded.