As a wise man once said — let the battle begin!
With Superman now firmly in the hands of Warner Bros. following a lengthy legal battle, the WB now feels confident moving forward with its plans for a "Justice League" movie. The Los Angeles Times reports that the studio is hoping to start shooting the DC Comics team-up next year for a release in 2015. That would put "Justice League" squarely up against Marvel's planned "Avengers" sequel.
"Justice League" doing box office battle with the "Avengers" franchise is risky on so many levels. Marvel has already proven its mettle with Whedon's first "Avengers" film, the third highest-grossing movie of all time, and the culmination of five previous superhero films all building to that one epic moment. DC's "Justice League" would not have nearly as much pre-laid track to work with, either relying only on "Man of Steel" or striking out entirely on its own. (There's the chance that the "JL" film would draw upon Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy, though it's hard to see how that would work, both creatively and in terms of the players involved.)
On top of that, there isn't a single actor or director attached to "Justice League" as yet. Only writer Will Beall's involvement is known for sure.
Needless to say, wheels need to start moving fast and furiously for "Justice League" to not only knock its way into theaters in time to go up against "Avengers 2," but to actually stand a chance of not embarrassing itself against that movie.
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