Could 'Justice League' Be Delayed Until 2021 Following a 'Batman' Reboot and the 'Man of Steel' Sequels?

Warner Bros. and DC are worried that if a 'Justice League' movie bombs, it could hurt their attempts to revive Bruce Wayne at the box office.

Justice League could be delayed until 2021
Justice League could be delayed until 2021
Justice League isn't catching any breaks. The ensemble superhero adventure, which is meant to bring together all of DC Comics' most iconic characters, was originally given a 2015 release date by Warner Bros. But then, the studio said they were waiting to see how Man of Steel fared at the box office before green lighting the project. This was followed by news that the screenplay by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) was terrible, and that it was being scrapped. Now comes the final blow below the belt for this anticipated project. They are going to wait for not only Man of Steel to be released, but also its potential sequels and the Untitled Batman Reboot.

Why are they waiting so long? Warner Bros. and DC Comics don't want to jeopardize their Untitled Batman Reboot, and they are afraid that if Justice League bombs, Bruce Wayne won't be invited back to the big screen for some time to come. A Man of Steel sequel won't arrive until at least 2016. That puts the Batman relaunch somewhere between 2017 and 2019. That means, if they follow their planned release strategy, Justice League won't hit screens until at least 2021.

Trusted Batman fansite Batman on Film revealed this information.

"Don't worry about the Batman [film] franchise...it's [Warner Bros.'] most valuable [DC Comics-based] asset...I believe that they are now looking at introducing [the rebooted] Batman in a solo film, though that will likely take place later than they initially had planned. They are extremely worried how a [Batman film franchise] would be affected if Justice League bombs...and rightfully so. The fact that what should be the core fanbase of a Justice League film isn't on board is making them sweat as well.

If Superman is huge, then they've bought themselves some time and will have a franchise to hang their hat on for seven, eight years. The need for Batman won't be as great, and [the reboot] of that franchise can wait until the Superman trilogy is done."

What do you think of this latest rumor? Can you wait until 2021 to see Justice League? Will you even care by then? What do you want to see happen with the Untitled Batman Reboot? Should DC and Warner Bros. just give up?

Justice League Part 1 comes to theaters November 11th, 2017 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.



Sources: Batman on Film

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Comments (67)

  1. Writer220

    I still think they are shooting them selves in the foot for rebooting Batman yet again. Just convert Nolans world and introduce it to supernatural elements.
    As of JLA or any other superhero film, stop rebooting and take a page from Marvel. Baby steps.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  2. Dfella504

    these fukers dont no wat to do!! that sh*t bogus like i said b4 money talks..get fukin nolan on da phone an drive off da success of the dark knight..hell how do u think da avengers was a success riding off ironman's success..so stop being a bunch of dicks get nolan get bale get goyer....dam u gonna make ya lil 250 to 300 mill back.

    2 years agoby @dfellaFlag

  3. The Real Goku

    @Zak-Lee-Ferguson because Henry Cavill will be 60 years old

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  4. Rudy

    WHY THE FUUUCK DO WE NEED ANOTHER BATMAN!! WE GOT SCHUMACHER THEN WE GOT NOLAN NOW ANOTHER ONE!!! WHAT THE FUUCK!

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  5. TheDarkKnight_28

    Why would they want to do the movie anyways. Warner Bros has a humongous foot up their @$%. 2021 comes around and then they would put it off till 2030. Why don't they j just say they do not want to film it!That would save so much time and energy. I would say Warner and Lucas had something in common, nothing that they do matters any more. Then they can focus on other whatever movies they want to do. Disney has the rights to Star Wars and now they will make a difference with the Star Wars franchise, they spent 4 billion to get it, not they have to make a profit.

    2 years agoby @thedarkknight-28Flag

  6. Gandoff

    @felipe-11 The fact you think your point was proven in what I said, to me, shows your misguided... I said they was no reboots. They was sequels, written as if the first film did not take place, despite using key elements they used in the first film. Translated that means they was sequels. Just like Iron Man 2, we all was forced to take the change in Rhodes on who played him on screen, they wrote the sequels of Punisher Wars Zone and Incredible Hulk with the same view, but on the story.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  7. Replicant

    @gandoff Thanks, you just re-proved my point.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  8. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I hope this is worth the wait. I'd really love to see a "Justice League" film, and DC deserves MUCH more credit than Marvel actually. Marvel has gotten too much fame already, so why not give DC just as much or more? I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for "Man Of Steel" though, hoping that it doesn't bomb at all. I also hope this planned "Batman" reboot will work out too.

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  9. SoksoV

    @lastwerdz : Well it might come out sooner than expected according to Chyna... Wait are we talking about the same "She-Hulk" movie?

    2 years agoby @SoksoVFlag

  10. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Best news i have ever heard...Batman wont be back till 2020 ...that's more my cuppa- why not 2040 people?

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  11. The Real Goku

    At this point I'm over it. DC fails again

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  12. nerblesmcgee

    Why do studios think superhero movies are just a phase? Have romance movies gone out of style? Mysteries? Comedy? They are part of fantasy/advenure/sci-fi. People will ALWAYS want to see them says this guy

    2 years agoby @nerblesmcgeeFlag

  13. Lastwerdz

    2021?come on!by that time even She-Hulk will have a movie adaptation

    2 years agoby @lastwerdzFlag

  14. moviemouse

    i would rather them focus on dc solo movies id rather have a bunch of those then a justice league movie plus they got dark universe, green lantern deserves a reboot and its own trilogy... more than a trilogy actually

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  15. Space101

    Best news I heard on this project...even better news would be to scrap it all together!

    2 years agoby @space101Flag

  16. TheDude1

    This is the best option. No sense in rushing anything at all here. Although if I was settling up a Justice League movie in 2021 I wouldn't wait until 2017 or 2019 to reboot Batman. I would do the Man of Steel sequel in 2015 maybe 2016 and start the Batman reboot in 2015 or 2016 depending on which year the Man of Steel sequel gets. Then give Batman one more movie before the Justice league movie settling everything up. Of course in the meantime it would be a good idea to make movies about the other members of the Justice league.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  17. Tomp1210

    For the love of god Warner bros. open a fan-suggestion email account or something. They're acting like they're all running around terrified, just get people with genuine love and knowledge of the stuff and it'll be fine. Go watch the justice league cartoon or something lol.

    2 years agoby @tomp1210Flag

  18. CUPID

    Delayed until 2021 for a Batman reboot and the Man of Steel sequels, but no Wonder woman or flash movies????....LAME!!!!!

    2 years agoby @cupidFlag

  19. Paul Santo

    i think its crazy:(i think there have been enough batman movies already there is no reason to reboot it again for the second time:(plus i think they should just do a justice leauge movie soon cause fans will get tired of waiting forever to see it:(batman has been told.they need to tell the others then do the justice league.dc needs to learn from marvel:)

    2 years agoby @Paul-SantoFlag

  20. Corey W.

    @incmob That was more than ten years ago. Here on out, almost any superhero movie like Bats, Supes, and anything with Marvel stamped on it will walk away with bank.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  21. Gandoff

    @bawnian-dexeus It would be a fast re-intro for a credit sequence. I truly think they would do what they did in Incredible Hulk. @felipe-11 Incredible Hulk and Punisher War Zone, was not rebooting. Incredible Hulk was wrote with the Hulk in mind as the prequel, but was come elements changed. Hulk ends in the jungle in south america. Where do they find him in Incredible Hulk? South America. It was like, ok, Hulk happened. So we will use it, and pick elements out of it for this film. So we can do a new Hulk with out a reboot of a origin so soon. They could have done the same with Spider-man. Use the opening credits to re-write elements of the previous movie to line up the story in the current movie. But Punisher Wars Zone, was similar to how they did Hulk. But not even close to what they did with elements used like Hulk, @ejk1 I did not say Marvel was as realistic, but they was more realistic then your saying. They key to my argument is simple. Is it, possible. Not that it will, but could a guy be experimenting with chemicals and get hit with radiation to mutate? Yes. Happened in Japan. After the bombs in WWII, generations of people was born with defects. Not as big as Hulk by far. But we have people who have rage when they take a drug, needing 10 cops to stop their actions. So not that it will, but some science has shown possibilities. Now, the whole chest power to stop metal is out there. But the idea, once again, of a small super power generator is also a plausible idea. A suit, or some kind that could fly with the same abilities Iron-man could also be possible. Not that it is going to happen in the next 5-10-or 50 years. But it could be. That's the whole idea behind the realistic approach I said Marvel has taken. I was not meaning the realism was on par with Batman. Just there was elements in the characters of realism.But Marvel hit it big with X-men. And then Spider-Man. They kept going since. After a horrible scripted Superman Returns movie, DC has been afraid. Batman's creation by Nolan saved all DC projects, but its still on a hill of sand. As they said above, they want to see what Man of Steel does. Some did not like Green Lantern. But I enjoyed it. There was some things I did not like. Like Hal sharing about the alien and the ring to his friend. Then the powers. Same could be said on how they had Tony Stark reveal he was Iron-man at the end of part one. But Stan Lee has even said his idea of come characters he made, like the Hulk, was based on the possibility it could happen. So to me, that's why I said realistic. Batman has been, and currently is the most realistic take on any super hero. With that said, you understand my meaning.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  22. Gandoff

    @bawnian-dexeus It would be a fast re-intro for a credit sequence. I truly think they would do what they did in Incredible Hulk. @felipe-11 Incredible Hulk and Punisher War Zone, was not rebooting. Incredible Hulk was wrote with the Hulk in mind as the prequel, but was come elements changed. Hulk ends in the jungle in south america. Where do they find him in Incredible Hulk? South America. It was like, ok, Hulk happened. So we will use it, and pick elements out of it for this film. So we can do a new Hulk with out a reboot of a origin so soon. They could have done the same with Spider-man. Use the opening credits to re-write elements of the previous movie to line up the story in the current movie. But Punisher Wars Zone, was similar to how they did Hulk. But not even close to what they did with elements used like Hulk, @ejk1 I did not say Marvel was as realistic, but they was more realistic then your saying. They key to my argument is simple. Is it, possible. Not that it will, but could a guy be experimenting with chemicals and get hit with radiation to mutate? Yes. Happened in Japan. After the bombs in WWII, generations of people was born with defects. Not as big as Hulk by far. But we have people who have rage when they take a drug, needing 10 cops to stop their actions. So not that it will, but some science has shown possibilities. Now, the whole chest power to stop metal is out there. But the idea, once again, of a small super power generator is also a plausible idea. A suit, or some kind that could fly with the same abilities Iron-man could also be possible. Not that it is going to happen in the next 5-10-or 50 years. But it could be. That's the whole idea behind the realistic approach I said Marvel has taken. I was not meaning the realism was on par with Batman. Just there was elements in the characters of realism.But Marvel hit it big with X-men. And then Spider-Man. They kept going since. After a horrible scripted Superman Returns movie, DC has been afraid. Batman's creation by Nolan saved all DC projects, but its still on a hill of sand. As they said above, they want to see what Man of Steel does. Some did not like Green Lantern. But I enjoyed it. There was some things I did not like. Like Hal sharing about the alien and the ring to his friend. Then the powers. Same could be said on how they had Tony Stark reveal he was Iron-man at the end of part one. But Stan Lee has even said his idea of come characters he made, like the Hulk, was based on the possibility it could happen. So to me, that's why I said realistic. Batman has been, and currently is the most realistic take on any super hero. With that said, you understand my meaning.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  23. incmob

    @corey... excuse me, but dont you remember batman and robin...lol

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  24. LuxoIII

    So in other words, Warner Bros. has no idea what to do with the franchise.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  25. CJ Boothe

    If they make a batman reboot they better do different villains rather than do the joker two face catwoman scare crow and bane again they need to put in villians like fire fly man bat or some other villian

    2 years agoby @CJ-BootheFlag

  26. Fry_3000

    I think they should just focus on flash, green lantern 2, maybe Hawkman movie? Wonder Woman , then do justice league film. They should let batman rest for a bit otherwise people will compare to quickly to nolans films and the new ones won't stand a chance. If that makes sense!!?

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  27. Dan

    @corey Just spitballin' here. Aquaman could be cool, if it was like Geoff Johns Aquaman.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  28. Corey W.

    @dan1 I would like an Aquaman movie too. I'm willing to bet a Batman sequel would happen first over a GL sequel/Flash sequel too. But very nice line-up. I can dig it.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag