Report: 'Justice League' On Hold Until 'Man Of Steel' Crushes The Box Office

Man of Steel

Superman isn't unaccustomed to carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Good thing, too, as the fates of his teammates lie solely in his hands right now.

In an article published by Variety, it's reported that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will wait on the box-office returns for "Man of Steel" before deciding whether or not to proceed with their long-planned "Justice League" adaptation. A snippet from the article:

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 a lot of pressure to put on Zack Snyder's Superman reboot… but there are certainly some fans who would argue that delaying "Justice League" from the 2015 calendar is the best available option in the first place.

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