‘Justice League’ Fate Rests Solely on the Box Office Success of ‘Man of Steel’

Warner Bros. is hoping to bring the entire DC lineup to the big screen if Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot proves to be a blockbuster.

Man of Steel to Determine the future of the Justice League
Man of Steel to Determine the future of the Justice League
Warner Bros. has put the fate of the potential Justice League film on the shoulders of Zack Snyder's superman reboot Man of Steel.

Just like Marvel's The Avengers, which used Iron Man as a launching pad, they will use the success of The Dark Knight films and the potential success of Man of Steel to gauge whether or not fans will react positively to the DC superhero mashup.

Studio execs are planning the Justice League tentpole, which includes DC Comics' superheros Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and the Green Lantern, to the order of Marvel's The Avengers. Gangster Squad's Will Beall is currently penning the script with no director attached as of yet. Although Green Lantern turned out to be a failure, it seems that they are looking to exploit the DC library further down the road.

If you feel they should move forward with the film, head to the theaters this June to cast your vote. Will Superman save the franchise?

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.

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Variety

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  1. Corey W.

    I had a long comment written out that expressed my thoughts but then my page refreshed.

    New shorter comment: I think the film will do just fine and I think this is a smart move.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Hmm, just read that there's a Kryptonian city named Argo. Lolz

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  3. Superman81

    @felipe-11 have you seen the toy line they released for the movie? and seen Zods shield emblem? it kind of looks like the old USSR sicle shield but its pretty cool. his and Jor-El's figure is pretty detailed

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  4. Sean

    @skywise I hope they can pull it off as well. I want to see Man of Steel be a success in the box office, and i want to see a Justice League movie get made with out them rushing it though.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  5. justatadmatt

    @felipe-11 i appreciate the comparison to a wall while you display no valid argument otherwise...i didn't say you were wrong. i just told you how i felt they would take the story. if i'm not right, that's cool, but how about you act mature about it and listen to a difference of opinion, man. Yikes.

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  6. Replicant

    @justatadmatt This is like talking to a wall.

    I just hope once the movie comes out people don't start bitching and panning it simply because it doesn't set up a connection to JLA.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  7. justatadmatt

    @felipe-11 you can't compare the TDK Trilogy to MOS...Not including Nolan's trilogy, DC/WB was TANKING with Superman Returns and Green Lantern...Nolan rejuvenated the system with TDK and (producing) MOS. Yes, Snyder has an awesome aesthetic, but always seems to succ*mb to a poor script. With Nolan and Goyer's idea, I think he has something special here, but it shouldn't be compared to the TDK trilogy...I'm sure it's a standalone film, but now that they have plans for JLA, they'll make sure they have the ability to advance the story from another perspective...more like Iron Man/Thor/Capt America...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  8. thedude-abides

    @ejk1 ROFL! Good point. I'm f*ckin' outta here. I got a reputation to uphold.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  9. ejk1

    I'm amused that @thedude-abides is involved in a comic book conversation.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  10. Mr.K

    Please let the Justice League movie die. It's gonna suck and you know it DC Comics.

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  11. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus That makes sense now that I think about it.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides in a way, he keeps the gods in check 24/7. Justice League Doom is a perfect example

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. Replicant

    @justatadmatt The ONLY chance MOS has a post-credits scene is for the next Snyder Superman film, not JLA, and I can assure you even that won't happen.

    I seriously don't know how people can't see the difference in tone and nature that this movie will have with Marvel's stuff. Snyder is putting all the effort into making a character study about the uniqueness that is a superhuman in this world, why would he ruin that by throwing in other heroes into the mix? The JLA movie will be completely separate from MOS.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  14. justatadmatt

    @felipe-11 i wouldn't be so sure about the post-credits scene...tdkr was supposed to be a separate entity before all the Justice League rumors were flying around....Nolan ended it the way he wanted and had no need to "tease" with more. The ending had enough speculation/"tease"...now that they are trying to create a DC Universe, they probably are trying to find ways to connect the superheroes...especially if Cavill comes back for JLA.

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  15. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    Come on, "Man Of Steel!" I SO want this planned "Justice League" movie to be made! DC deserves more credit too, just like how Marvel has gotten right now!

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  16. thedude-abides

    @narrator I agree with that, but that's partly my issue with it as well. I don't like the idea of Batman fitting in the mix with those characters. I get that he's supposedly going to have more of a Nick Fury kind of role, but I just don't like the idea of all these interstellar characters mixed in with batman, arguably the most realistic superhero of all.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  17. the Narrator

    Understandable, @thedude-abides. Still, you thought The Avengers was decent, right? If DC actually did their homework and made smart moves by giving each character a solo film, you'd have a group of characters arguably more interesting and cosmic oriented (meaning less typical comicbook-y) than Whedon's outing. Still, that isn't looking likely so I can't blame you in the least.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  18. Replicant

    @instead8909 I don't think Snyder is under any pressure with this. He's doing his own thing, and this movie will certainly perform well enough to warrant a MOS sequel. Whether or not WB decides to go with JLA is their problem, and it won't really affect him or his franchise.

    @justatadmatt There won't be a Batman "cameo" in Man Of Steel, I can bet my life on it -or money if you want ;) And I'm pretty sure there won't even be a post-credits scene, just like there wasn't in TDK trilogy.

    @superman81 Exactly.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  19. thedude-abides

    @narrator Lol. I just don't wanna see a Justice League movie.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  20. the Narrator

    @bawnian-dexeus Agreed. Gangster Squad was horribly written.

    @thedude-abides Ouch.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  21. ROFLitschristian

    How about the JLA depends on both the box office gross AND reception?

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  22. justatadmatt

    this isn't surprising...although i am sure they will confirm the film in production after opening weekend...with nolan and snyder's name on it, plus the rumored "batman" cameo, i feel like this is going to garner quite a large fan base...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  23. Superman81

    I am not worried about this, I think Cavill is going to knock this out the park and this will be THE Superman movie fans have been wanting to see. I think even people who dislike Superman and fans of movies who are interested to see what Snyder and Nolan are going to do with the franchise.

    2 years agoby @superman81Flag

  24. thedude-abides

    @ejk1 Lol. Don't remind me. Although, I actually think that would be pretty interesting to see...

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  25. ejk1

    @aoshi More like, "anyone else besides Batman." This really wouldn't be an issue if GL had been good, and performed better at the Box Office.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  26. Dan

    My troll comment for the day. Make mine Marvel.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  27. aoshi

    As always, it all comes down to Superman saving the day.

    2 years agoby @aoshiFlag

  28. ejk1

    @thedude-abides Perhaps they should have gotten the director of Killing Them Softly to direct Man Of Steel. That would have ensured box office failure, lol.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  29. WongFu

    That's gay putting that pressure on Zack, it's like telling an artist he has to do his best or he will get canned from his job.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

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