The Fate of the JUSTICE LEAGUE Lies in the Hands of the MAN OF STEEL
Marvel’s The Avengers may have been a billion dollar entity at the box office, but Warner Bros. and DC aren’t so quick to greenlight the live-action Justice League film. It was confirmed three days ago which members would make up the core of the Justice League in the film, but it looks like WB is waiting to see how Man of Steel fares at the box office before they begin production on the 2015 superhero team-up. In an article by Dave McNary over at Variety, WB President Jeff Robinov confirms this notion. Hit the jump to read more.
It is not secret that the DC cinematic universe has under performed. Green Lantern flopped – with a huge budget of $200 million, Green Lantern grossed just under $220 million. As much as I enjoyed Watchmen, marketing a comic book film that is rated R is a tall task for any studio. The film’s R rating limited the audience the film could reach, resulting in a slim profit over the budget. The only real success the studio has had is with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises grossed over $1 billion worldwide seeing rousing commercial success.
Thanks to Variety for the information from Jeff Robinov regarding the studio’s position on the Justice League film:
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 really comes as no surprise. It’s assumed that the budget for a film like Justice League would be in the $200-250 million ballpark, so I can understand WB’s reluctance to start sinking money into it. Empire Magazine proclaimed that Superman would be getting “the Dark Knight treatment,” so let’s hope that fans are just as pleased with Man of Steel’s approach to the character as they were with the Dark Knight Trilogy’s approach to Batman. I know I’m looking forward to it.
It looks like we’ll know the answer to this question when Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14th, 2013.