January 20 2013

Justice League Movie Fate Depends on Man of Steel Success

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If you have a real desire to see a Justice League movie, you may want to make sure to see Man of Steel this summer.

Warner Brothers has been trying to assemble a movie based on the Justice League team for some time, and at one point had even begun casting it a few years ago. For whatever reason the plug ended up being pulled and the project was shelved.

And then The Avengers happened.

Other than the recent trilogy of Batman films by Christopher Nolan, Warner Brothers has had very little success getting films based off of its DC Comics off the ground. So it had to be a bit painful for Warner Brothers to watch one of its competitors make the third highest grossing film of all time off its comic book properties. So without a whole lot of surprise, talk of a Justice League movie is circulating again, but there is at least one hurdle to clear first, and that is to see how the next Superman movie does.

According to a recent article from Variety, the next Superman movie, Man of Steel, is the barometer by which a Justice League film will receive the green light.

Further out, the studio’s planning a “Justice League” tentpole — encompassing DC Comics mainstays Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and the Green Lantern — on the order of Marvel’s “The Avengers.” Will Beall is scripting but no director has been attached yet.

Stakes are high for “Man of Steel.” Other than Nolan’s Batpics, Warners has not been able to effectively exploit the DC library. Its 2011 “Green Lantern” underperformed, and 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.

Gee, no pressure for Zack Snyder, the director of the film, or anything.

The last Superman film, Superman Returns, was a failure at the box office ($391 million globally off of a reported $270 million budget) and took a beating from critics. The new film already has a stigma to overcome, and now there is the added pressure that every cent is going to be watched to judge whether another project can get off the ground.

There is a lot riding here, and we can all watch the madness begin on June 14 when Man of Steel hits the theaters.

Source: Variety .

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