Apparently, WB is putting a lot of eggs in the basket of Superman and the upcoming Zack Snyder film MAN OF STEEL. If it fails… there may be no JUSTICE LEAGUE. Take a look:
“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 is fairly understandable, especially since the last Supes flick, SUPERMAN RETURNS, bombed. But you’d think that WB would have more confidence in themselves and more wherewithal with their popular commodities. It truly is a wonder how Marvel, and Marvel Studios (and subsequently Disney) has become a more reliable movie making machine than the WB, which has had DC for ages, yet has never gone beyond Superman and Batman with any lingering success.
MAN OF STEEL opens June 14th, and that’s when we’ll see what happens with the JUSTICE LEAGUE, I suppose. Good luck making that 2015 release date, if that’s the case.