It looks as though we could be seeing a Justice League movie greenlit as soon as this summer… if the upcoming “Man of Steel” Superman reboot is the major hit it is anticipated to be. Warner Bros is cautiously optimistic that they’ll have a Marvel studios-sized hit on their hands, and if that proves to be the case, they may be able to shift that momentum into a DC Comics alternative to the wildly-popular “The Avengers” movie.
Variety took a look at Warner Bros as they transition between new CEOs and continue developing the films already on their plate:
“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.”
It’s no surprise that Warner Bros. is looking for their own alternative to The Avengers. It also seems like they’re taking a cue from Marvel’s playbook, hoping to have an already-established comic book film character/actor ready to carry a new film. You’ll remember that many of the characters in The Avengers had already proven themselves in standalone films, such as Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. Green Lantern has already had a standalone movie, but that was a bit of a disaster and doesn’t give Warner Bros. much to stand on.
Do you think a potential Justice League film could rival The Avengers, or was that a box office smash that can never be repeated?