WB Wants 'Man of Steel' Box Office Before Moving on 'Justice League'
Well, this is pretty much a no-brainer, but we figured it's worth covering for a couple of reasons. First of all, Kevin Tsujihara was just recently named CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, and it sounds like Jeff Robinov might be up for a job as the new president of Universal Pictures as Ron Meyer prepares to exit. However, currently the two are mulling over progress on Justice League, and Variety reports that the studio is waiting to see how Man of Steel performs at the box office to determine whether or not the DC Comics superhero ensemble will be a good idea. After all, the project doesn't have a director yet. Read on!
In part of the article assessing Robinov's work at Warner Bros. and the future of the studio, Variety had this to say on the prospect of Justice League actually arriving in theaters in 2015:
"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."
That's not a surprising move, but since Man of Steel has been on plenty of lists looking at the most anticipated films of 2013 (including our own right here), and the first full trailer was more than impressive, I'm pretty sure Warner Bros. will choose to move forward with Justice League this summer. In addition, one other tidbit that lies within that assessment may include confirmation of a recent rumor. Just last week we learned what the final line-up for Justice League might be, and considering all five of those names are mentioned in Variety's article, Latino Review (who scooped the story) are taking that as confirmation of their story. However, considering that's the traditional line-up, it could just be a coincidence. We'll see.