We May Not See a 'Justice League' Movie if 'Man of Steel' Isn't Successful

We May Not See a 'Justice League' Movie if 'Man of Steel' Isn't Successful

Jan 29, 2013

Just when you thought the whole Justice League movie saga was over, Warner Bros. throws a new wrinkle into the ever-evolving story…

The film, which is set to be Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ answer to The Avengers, has had a tumultuous road to development. Justice League was announced years ago, then canceled, then brought back from the dead with an eye toward a 2015 release date late last year. With that announcement, it looked like DC and Warners were finally set to make the movie that would unite Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and a host of other heroes and villains in one potentially huge superhero extravaganza. Not so fast…

That’s still the plan, but a piece at Variety now says that Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara and President Jeff Robinov will wait and see how Warner's upcoming Superman film, Man of Steel, performs before moving full speed ahead on the Justice League film.

Here’s the direct quote:

“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.”

This development means there’s even more riding on Man of Steel’s success than before. Zack Snyder’s feature needs to not only reestablish Superman as a viable film franchise, but now it has to pave the way for the Justice League movie too? No pressure, Zack.

What’s really interesting to consider here are the potential larger repercussions of a Man of Steel failure. Could that film underperforming kill not only Justice League, but all of the potential DC movies featuring characters not named Batman? We can only speculate at this point, but it seems like Warner Bros. is using Man of Steel as a gauge for all their DC plans moving forward. Here’s to hoping Man of Steel delivers the goods.

[via Coming Soon]

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