Last week, we reported that Justice League‘s team would be comprised of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash. But before those five superheroes can team up, Warner Bros. needs the granddaddy of all superheroes to step up. Buried in an article about Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov, Variety makes the somewhat unsurprising report that a greenlight on Justice League is dependent on how well Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel does at the box office.
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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.
It’s difficult to say how far along Warner Bros. is willing to go before officially pulling the trigger on Justice League. Will Beale (Gangster Squad) is already writing the script, and it will be interesting to see if Warner Bros. attaches a director before Man of Steel opens so they can hit the ground running if Snyder’s film connects with audiences. Screenwriter David Goyer recently commented on how they were trying to make Superman’s new adventure “as if it were real”, and I assume the hope is that if audiences liked that approach for the Caped Crusader, they’ll like it for the Man of Tomorrow.