Most fans of the DC Comics character have known for some time that the progression of the Justice League film was likely dependent on Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel. A bit of a no-brainer when you really break it down. Batman has been the only franchise that has been an almost guaranteed success. The attempt at a Green Lantern film proved to be unsuccessful, to say the least, so it shouldn’t be a total shock to hear that Warner Brothers is waiting to see how Man of Steel performs at the box office this summer before moving forward with the planned Justice League film.
In a report at Variety discussing the fight for power at the top of the studio, it is stated quite clearly what we’ve all been suspecting for some now now:
Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of “Man of Steel,” which opens June 14, before moving further ahead.
The key words here, at least to me, are “before moving ahead.” Don’t expect any casting or interviewing from now until we see the final numbers come the weekend of June 14th. To say that Man of Steel will flop at the box office is a bit of a stretch. The film will make money, but it’s more a question of how much money will it bring in and will it be enough to make the execs at Warner Brothers happy enough to move forward with the Justice League film.
This begs the question of whether or not the summer 2015 release date the studio has set could actually be met now that they are waiting. I wouldn’t say it was impossible, but a film and potential story the film film will likely entail may need more time that a year or so. But hey, look what Matthew Vaughn an d crew did with X-Men: First Class and the “rushed” time schedule he was given.
Man of Steel flies into theaters on June 14th with Henry Cavill playing Superman and Amy Adams playing Lois Lane. Laurence Fishburne, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe and Diane Lane also star.
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Source : Variety