Warner Bros. Plans 2015 Release for JUSTICE LEAGUE Opposite THE AVENGERS 2

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The ultimate superhero showdown looks to be in the works, as Warner Bros. is now hoping to release their DC Justice League film in 2015, the same year Marvel has slated Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2.  Warner Bros.’ superhero team-up is still without a director, after rumors that they approached Ben Affleck to take the helm were debunked by the actor himself.  But with The Avengers making over a billion dollars, they’re ready to get their own superhero mash-up on the big screen as quickly as possible.  Hit the jump for more details.

justice-league-moviePer the LA Times, Warners is hoping to shoot Justice League next year and release it in the summer of 2015.  A script is already in the works by Will Beall, but their efforts are now focused on attaching a director and putting together a cast.  The fate of the project was surrounded by uncertainty due to a recent legal case over the rights to Superman, but yesterday the decision came down in favor of WB and the studio has now hit the ground running.

The studio famously tried to recruit Christopher Nolan to produce the all-star team-up, but the Dark Knight Rises director declined.  He’s behind next year’s Man of Steel, but don’t expect another stand-alone superhero film from WB before Justice League.  After a number of fumbled attempts over the past couple of years (most recently Green Lantern), the plan now is to give the characters their own films after Justice League is released.

Marvel already has The Avengers 2 dated for May 1st, 2015, so now it looks like we’ll see Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, etc. in Justice League that same summer.  It should make for an interesting showdown, but right now all eyes are on WB to see what filmmaker they get to bring Justice League to life.

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  • Tyler

    Sure, set a release date of less than two years away.for.a movie without a finished script, a cast, or a director. What could go wrong?

  • Tyler

    Sure, set a release date of less than two years away for a movie without a finished script, a cast, or a director. What could go wrong?

    • Budders

      Uhh… It’s actually just under 3 years away, not 2…there’s still lots of time to get things together.

  • Harry

    just give us superman fans what nolan gave the batman fans, the best superhero trilogy ever, plus i’d rather see a stand alone superman trilogy than putting cavill in a justice league movie

  • the big kahuna

    I know he said comic books don’t interest him but I think if they got Tarsem Singh to do this it would be fucking awesome. He would make it dark (not Nolan-dark; he would do it differently) and visually stunning. It would be breath-taking.

  • Tom

    it would be interesting if WB would read these internet comments. i don’t think i’ve read a single comment where someone was like “oh yeah this sounds awesome! can’t wait!” this is just a really bad idea. Marvel took their time. over the course of multiple films, they showed how Thor could realistically live in a universe with Iron Man, and how Captain America could be frozen in time and thawed out in present day. by not setting up the world your characters inhabit, how the fuck are we supposed to believe Batman would stand a chance against Superman, much less some force that necessitates those two to team up?

    • Anonymous

      Valid point, but I think there are probably plenty of people who saw Avengers and enjoyed it despite having not seen any of the lead up movies. Any good movie should be able to stand alone.

    • blueorangeny

      Tom. Read our comments? why are you in the film industry, writer, comic book industry? lol. Listen…your comment just tells me you’re a bias MARVEL fan. You and every other MARVEL fan would hate to see a JL blow Avengers 1 and 2 out of the water because of pride and because MARVEL can’t back with something else since half of their shit is controlled by someone else (pathetic). Thor….realistic? yea…75% of movie was on Earth why wouldn’t it be realistic. Cap was decent and about the frozen???? That’s basically his story what are you going to do, film the movie as if he fought in the Middle East and then drafted to the Avengers? come on. Realistic…shit last I heard someone frozen was when and still frozen supposedly is Ted Williams and Disney lmao. The only good MARVEL had was Ironman. Avengers overrated but off course you won’t admit because once again, bias.

      DC plan is different and yes I do believe it will work….wanna know why. first you 2 well known and famous iconic characters (I don’t think I need to tell you who they are) second WB knows this needs to kick ass for it’s superhero franchise to be their next tent-pole. Everyone will go see this movie, comic fans and not…those that aren’t will get to see DC other characters (Flash, Green Lantern and especially WW for the female perspective), familiarize themselves…WB will see who made a hit and who didn’t those characters that connected will then get their stand alone films in which will now have an audience that recognizes them.

      Now in realty I should never even replied back to you after your comment on, “how the fuck are we supposed to believe Batman would stand a chance against Superman, much less some force that necessitates those two to team up?” Serious? So basically….did you feel the same way with Nick Fury, Black Widow and Hawkeye in your Avengers movie. Come on…Do you really know who Batman is? really do Homework man. Batman doesn’t need superpowers. I’m done with you, lol

      • micmcna1

        I can’t agree with you on this one. Look, the basic principle here is that they are rushing things. When films get rushed they never come out right the way you’d like for them too. There’s always a problem. What scares me is the fact that WB has never really had a goodtrack record with superhero films. For every single Nolan/Burton Batman film there were plenty of other failures, some of which weren’t rushed. They don’t really have a plan like Marvel did (and I just thought the Avengers was alright). Now I’m not saying that they should do what Marvel did, because I like the JL movie first then the individuals, but the fact is that they are basing all of their strategy on timing and competition with Marvel as opposed to making a good movie. It reminds me of that rip-off company that works closely with Syfy channel. Whenever a big box office movie comes out they come out with a copycat movie like a month or two later. Good films take time and generally need a visionary behind them leading the team. Writing the script without a director or cast attached will inevitably call for re-writes which will take weeks if not months which then puts the shooting schedule in jeopardy and now you have to cram all of this work into this tiny frame to get it out on time. I hate when studios do this to any film.

      • This Guy

        I guess I’m in the minority too, thinking that this will actually work, and work well.
        What Marvel did was great, for Marvel. If DC does the same thing, sure it might work but all the Marvel stans will be moaning that it was only because of Marvel.
        Superman, Batman, Flash, Aquaman, and even Green Lantern are more popular to the general public than Ironman, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury were before they had their movies. Capt. America and Hulk are pretty popular regardless.
        You really think people won’t watch a movie with Batman and Superman together? Throw in Wonder Woman and Flash and people will be flocking.
        2015 is just under 3 years away, plenty of time to do it right. Besides WB knows they need to hit this out of the park. They can do it, and I think they will.

      • mattinacan

        this comment of full of retarded

      • bob

        thanks man! someone really needed to shut all these marvel fans up. I like both dc and marvel, but some fanboys just don’t know when to shut up! like mattinacan.

      • blueorangeny

        @ Micmcna1 – Ok no problem. Cool you don’t see it. I can appreciate that…question…what constitutes a film being, it’s set for 3 years from now? Avengers is also the same year so is that rushed? Just because they had stand alone doesn’t mean anything. Don’t we hear people complain that enough with Origin flicks? Ok here you go. No origin movies, just straight to the meat and potatoes. Also what track record you’re referring too, Superman Returns, Johan Hex, Catwoman, and GL. Only real good movie Marvel had during the whole phase 1 was Iron Man…everything else was watered down. But anyway…again let’s see what happens. I’m good with their plans and how to approach. Now the important things are director and actors filling the roles. Btw I agree with you on the SciFi, I saw the Thor movie they did lol, hilarious.

      • blueorangeny

        Also another reason why things could have been so down low and under raps because of the case with the Heirs and WB/DC. They needed to clear that up before doing anything as far as announcements.

      • tim

        one of the dumbest replies i’ve ever read. First i’ll state that i have no allegiance either way to marvel or dc.
        You should really try to cover your own blatantly obvious bias before you attack someone else’s position. Running off on a protracted diatribe based solely on the word “realistic” just makes you look like you’re having a tantrum. You aren’t making a point at all.

        I think a JL movie could be great, BUT asides from the massive production challenge, the points made about making a movie like this with no lead up are entirely valid. Each of these characters deserve a well developed “on screen” persona, beyond the amalgam that is JL.
        Otherwise you run the risk of them being cardboard-cutout props, there to be festooned with a plethora of vfx. Most people making disparaging comments are more than likely coming from this perspective, or similar, rather than a blind hatred of the project due to a marvel allegiance.

      • Pocketses

        Fine, I’ll be the one to point out the obvious, here.

        You are talking about Marvel fans being fanboys, you’re claiming anyone who has worries about the Justice League as a film in this current state is a Marvel Fanboy. But you’re the one who comes off as the biggest DC Fanboy out there.

        I love the Marvel movies, but read almost exclusively DC comics. I’ve tried the past months to read some of the older lauded Marvel stories and I just can’t stand them. But the movies, they are what’s called entertaining. Out of ALL of the DC films, I can think of three that were entertaining without issue, and that’s Begins and the Dark Knight and yes, Watchmen, Rises was a mess, more of an apocalyptic mess than anything else. Green Lantern was a joke, the Donner films were OKAY at best and Superman Returns suffered from some serious issues.

        You don’t have to be a fanboy of one comics house to see that the films of another are bad.

        Does it make you or I a Marvel or DC fanboy to say that the Spawn movie was atrocious? Or, simply, capable of thought? The Avengers was a very good action film that tied together five different character’s stories. Justice League doesn’t have that advantage. And yes, you’re going to have the general public there for Superman and Batman, probably even Wonder Woman. But ask any random person on the street how Flash got his powers. Ask them who the hell Martian Manhunter is, or to give you ANY knowledge of Aquaman other than “he talks to fish”.

        It’s a problem, and you can tell how desperate WB is with this movie. There are already reports of them shoehorning in JL characters into other stories. They’re practically forcing Rocksteady Studios to make a Silver Age Justice League game out of the next Arkham game. Lego BATMAN, both the game and movie, have been turned into JL games, even while keeping the more profitable Batman name attached to them.

        It sucks, because there is such potential for DC films, but this isn’t the right way to go about it. Hell, The Amazing Spider-man was better than Rises…DC films have just been a crapshoot lately.

        But don’t come around talking at people as if THEY’RE fanboys and you’re not…that’s pathetic. You come off as the biggest of them all.

    • Nerdgasm

      Blueorngeny needs to shut his face. You call a guy a “fanboy” for complaining or making fun of DC and then spent 5 times as long to bash Marvel? Your thoughts are no longer Valid cause that makes you an idiot sir. And to “This Guy” while you are right where Captain America and Hulk are WELL known i would say that only Supes and Bats are well known from DC. I talk comic a lot and there are even people who read comics that don’t know of Flash or what incarnation is the most recent or the one that maybe in this JL movie. Aquaman people know of cause his idiot powers and Family Guy making fun of him but iconic? no i don’t think people KNOW him KNOW as they would if there was lets say an Aqua Man movie before JL. And Green Lantern is only known by his movie (A character i enjoy) but it wasnt GREEN LANTERN it was a half assed version of the character and doesn’t really make him POPULAR since the movie tanked and alot of NON comic readers hated the film. You should have Mentioned just Bats, Supes and Wonderwoman and left it at that.

      This movie definitely has its right to soar and would a dream come true if it does. But instead of Bats and Supes (Where everyone knows their origins.) its very ballsy to do this. Everyone doesn’t know where Wonderwoman Came from (The show was very shallow) or understand why she works the way she does. Aqua Man? Flash? People don’t know them or understand them before a movie where (Looking at Avengers) they will share screen time. a movie where they all VIE for screen time should be a movie for growth of the characters (hulk seeing he can do good, Iron Man becoming selfless) than introducing heroes that people aren’t going to know the inns and outs of. sure we dont need background on Supes (Though he is never done correctly adn it would help) and people know bats through and through but these others need their stories before. bad idea. i would hate to see this burn as i was excited for green lantern. but this seems like such a awful idea…. JLA FOREVER!

  • Farzan

    So let’s see. Marvel took their time with their movies eventually building up to the Avengers, while Warner Bro. and D.C are trying to rush out their own ensemble super hero movie to compete with Marvel. Sounds like an excellent plan you stupid idiots at Warner Bros. and D.C

    • blueorangeny

      lol Farzan….lmao. Add yourself to my response above.

      • Drake

        Wow what a douche bag you are. Take off your blinkers you fanatic and realize that everyone has a valid point about DC not thinking things through and going after the fast buck. Just look at DC’s history and tell me they haven’t tried this strategy before and failed so hard that is crippled the company for years.

      • Akurei

        @blue
        as much as I would love to see a very well done and awesome JL movie..
        it just sounds like they are rushing the whole process and MANY have said just to compete with Marvel..
        so please do urself a favor DC fanboy and take out that dirty tampon out and put on a fresh one, stop being so defensive u sound like a little bitch..
        Dc’s JL movie MAY kick ass but from the sound of it.. odds are against them..

      • bob

        lol look at all the butthurt marvel fans!

      • blueorangeny

        @ Drake – lmao. Thanks for the warm feedback. What don’t you read and see why I replied like I did first. Second…DC’s history. What history….what strategy are you referring too? crippled the company for years? What the hell are you referring too lmao

        @ Akurei – Exactly many say…smh. F what they say. How is it rushing, just because we never heard of the plans till now doesn’t mean it’s been rushed. Remember WB was already planning on a team up and that film didn’t go through due to the writers strike and tax cut issues they weren’t receiving so the plan has always been there. Also….tell me. How did you feel when you read my response you were writing back on it….that’s exactly the same shit DC fans feel when they read all the lame as Marvel fans attacking DC this or that. If there’s an article about Marvel first thing out theirs mouth is DC this or that. Dirty tampon lmao. Thanks for the wonderful compliments. I still trying to figure out your response, “From the sound of it”…..That’s valid when they officially announce cast and director. In the meantime it’s wait and see.

      • Nerdgasm

        Hey BlueDoucheny You do realize that the first movie was WAY over budget cause there was TOO much movie? Which is my concern for a movie i want to see. Characters won’t have enough time and only comic book fans will know their personalities and backgrounds. It is being rushed just from a stand point of building up character development. They need separate movies bottom line. maybe not Supes or Bats but the rest do. Sorry …and your last comment about Marvel Fans “Also….tell me. How did you feel when you read my response you were writing back on it….that’s exactly the same shit DC fans feel when they read all the lame as Marvel fans attacking DC this or that. If there’s an article about Marvel first thing out theirs mouth is DC this or that.” Made you seem like a whiny little bitch that needs to grow up a tad. You make all of us DC fans look bad. dumbass

      • Akurei

        @Blue
        yes Im a Marvel fan but Im also a Huge DC fan as well..
        Im a huge superhero geek..
        I love Superman, Batman as well as The Flash and Green Lantern..
        I kno their back stories very very well.. One of my top fav superheroes is Batman..
        but as I said frm before.. DC is just rushing the shit wayyyy to fast with not even a full cast yet..
        Christian Bale is still fresh in our memories as Batman.. Im pretty sure that most ppl wont like a whole new actor playing Batman.. and what if Henry Cavill Doesnt return as Superman.. another Supes??.. then there everyone else..
        and Clearly frm the shit load of articles I already read DC/WB just want to compete with Marvel since The Avengers did so damn well..
        it just sounds like DC want to make money.. NOT put together a well scripted, well casted film.. (Obviously)
        u have wayy to much faith in this.. plus being a complete Cock Munch for getting so defensive about all this.. stop PMSing, stop being a bratty bitch about this all..
        go get laid dude.. Lmfao

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it is impossible to do a JL movie first, but it is gonna be hard trying to find a director, a whole cast of actors who are going to be strong enough to merit individual films and finishing a script that gives everyone their fair share of screen time. Plus they’re going to have to compete with Avengers 2. Doesn’t seem like the best plan in the world if you ask me.

    I would not be surprised if this gets pushed back or is scrapped.

  • Sean

    This just doesn’t sound like a good idea. It’s always felt like a cheap attempt to match the success of The Avengers without doing the work to get to it.

    • Akurei

      agreed.

  • Jeff

    I’m all for this, as long as they give us a good product. The worst thing they could do is half-ass this movie and doom these characters back to film-obscurity. Without a strong script and a talented director this project will never succeed.

    • the big kahuna

      I agree.

      Also, let me say the only reason that’d I’d be in favor of the Justice League film coming out first before all the individual superhero movies is that I wouldn’t feel like those individual movies were all building up to something. That’s my beef with Captain American, Thor, etc.–they just all feel like they were rushed out before The Avengers.

    • ScaredForMovies

      I was thinking along similar lines. Other than the first Iron Man(whose success started the Avengers moving forward) the rest of the Marvel lead up movies felt mediocre. I thought they were less substantial because they felt like required reading for the Avengers. I think Avengers would have been just as successful without the lead up movies. And if Avengers did come out first, followed by the individual movies, everyone would be saying that’s what DC should do with Justice League.

  • the big kahuna

    I agree.

    Also, let me say the only reason that\’d I\’d be in favor of the Justice League film coming out first before all the individual superhero movies is that I wouldn\’t feel like those individual movies were all building up to something. That\’s my beef with Captain American, Thor, etc.–they just all feel like they were rushed out before The Avengers.

  • lulzatron

    This is going to be near impossible to pull off.

  • Spock Jenkins

    I want to see Green Arrow and Martian Manhunter also included in the line-up. Maybe Cyborg will be included too to make the team more ethnically diverse? Would love to see a movie version of Victor Stone…

  • Mr.Rich316

    I’m starting to think WB is actually run by the Legion of Doom.

  • Crad

    Does anyone else think Chris Nolan (or brother Jonathan) could actually be producing this after all and has been. Somebody is ordering the scripts and shaping it. Nolan took the “godfather” role for Man of Steel and it apparently has a similar tone to his Batman trilogy. Gina Carano (fan favorite for WonderWoman) was even seen on set of Man of Steel as a potential crossover. David Goyer is their “comic guy” (like Feige except not a comic exec) who is involved with both franchises who could be informing the story for JL too. Of course this would imply that the existing Batman trilogy would exist in the same world and time which could be problematic but not impossible. Superman is already show. In the trailer living a rather secluded existence and maybe was unaware of the Gotham situation or not ready to act yet (a stretch, I know). Then, would Bale or JGL play Batman. Bale alluded to a scenario where he could play Batman again. I know it is a stretch (and Nolan has indicated otherwise) but I could definitely see this JL movie having been in the works for a couple of years and the notoriously secretive Nolan pulling the strings and keeping things under wraps. A dumptruck full of money changes a lot of motivation too. Am I dreaming? I hope not.

  • steven

    this is what they should do they need to focus on making it different then avengers this includes making it dark anyone who disagrees should shove it. then make sure the story is great or at least sounds good. then make sure the director can handle it. then cast a few people that can act. this film needs to be dark knight good. have a 12 month marketing campaign with content marketing as well. and make it look like an event movie

  • Brokensaint

    Brad Bird. ’nuff said.

    • Christopher S

      omg…that would be epic…I was thinking you either go for all in action with somebody like Michael Bay, which would be terrible and make the Avengers look like oscar bait…or do you go with somebody like a David Fincher to give it a sense of an actual movie and not just a action bonanza like Joss Whedon did…but Brad Bird would be inspired! Especially after Mission Impossible, im confident he has the ability to make this work.

  • Nerdgasm

    Blueorngeny needs to shut his face. You call a guy a \"fanboy\" for complaining or making fun of DC and then spent 5 times as long to bash Marvel? Your thoughts are no longer Valid cause that makes you an idiot sir. And to \"This Guy\" while you are right where Captain America and Hulk are WELL known i would say that only Supes and Bats are well known from DC. I talk comic a lot and there are even people who read comics that don\’t know of Flash or what incarnation is the most recent or the one that maybe in this JL movie. Aquaman people know of cause his idiot powers and Family Guy making fun of him but iconic? no i don\’t think people KNOW him KNOW as they would if there was lets say an Aqua Man movie before JL. And Green Lantern is only known by his movie (A character i enjoy) but it wasnt GREEN LANTERN it was a half assed version of the character and doesn\’t really make him POPULAR since the movie tanked and alot of NON comic readers hated the film. You should have Mentioned just Bats, Supes and Wonderwoman and left it at that.

    This movie definitely has its right to soar and would a dream come true if it does. But instead of Bats and Supes (Where everyone knows their origins.) its very ballsy to do this. Everyone doesn\’t know where Wonderwoman Came from (The show was very shallow) or understand why she works the way she does. Aqua Man? Flash? People don\’t know them or understand them before a movie where (Looking at Avengers) they will share screen time. a movie where they all VIE for screen time should be a movie for growth of the characters (hulk seeing he can do good, Iron Man becoming selfless) than introducing heroes that people aren\’t going to know the inns and outs of. sure we dont need background on Supes (Though he is never done correctly adn it would help) and people know bats through and through but these others need their stories before. bad idea. i would hate to see this burn as i was excited for green lantern. but this seems like such a awful idea…. JLA FOREVER!

  • Jay Elay

    It’s not about the integrity of these iconic figures and all about cashing in on the hype! Remember Catwoman? WB knew it would stink but had to fart it out. DC on film has only succeeded three times with it’s two oldest heroes. Donner’s Superman 34 years ago, Burton’s Batman nearly 23 years ago, and Nolan’s Dark Knight. No character created after 1939 has managed to be a hit on the big screen. Mashing up a bunch of unproven uncertainties in 2-3 years is plain reckless. Affleck was smart to pass on that gamble. What the Bro could do is develop a couple more heroes individually on the CW network. Then take it from there.

  • Michael Scott

    I think WB should re-explore Ben Affleck as director. He’s shown that he could combine action and drama very well. Have yet to see Argo but I enjoyed both Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

  • Michael Scott

    I think WB should re-explore Ben Affleck as director. He\’s shown that he could combine action and drama very well. Have yet to see Argo but I enjoyed both Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

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  • MaddMaxx82

    I love DC Comics, and I love what they are doing with the new 52. Warner Bros. could definately stand to get a J J Abrams or a Joss Wedon style visionary writter/director on a comicbook film though.

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  • ReallY?

    I kind of see this as a potential great summer movie season in 2015. It isn’t about Marvel vs. DC, it is about movie fans getting two (hopefully) great movies to see. I have always been a bit partial to Marvel but I also love DC so I just want to see the movies and could care less which one goes more over $1 billion worldwide.

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  • Shakydog

    I think it’s a mistake to jump straight into a justice league movie….they should do a solid wonder women movie first, and perhaps a green lantern or flash movie all with tie ins to a justice league team up the way marvel framed avengers…..as for rebooting Batman, I say leave it alone and do a worlds finest superman/ batman movie to reintroduce an already active batman and a direct storyline leading into justice league at the end which batman should turn his back on superman with harsh criticism of super powered heroes and there potential dangers to society before being asked to team up in justice league, lord knows they’ll need his brains and strategies by then to save them!!

  • cleverthinkermic

    I really want a justice league movie but i think they need to take the time to sett up stand alone films for at least the flash and wonder woman… they can drop the others for all i care and introduce them later if they wish

  • pheobe

    i can’t wait 4 this movie to come out!!!!! I think it’ll be really good since they already have a fan base. But what they need to remember is they could easily loose that fan base by rushing into it. They need to take there time,i’d rather see a good movie that’s years away then a bad movie that’s 3 years away.

  • superman

    I guess few years before i watched a movie with all the justice league characters but i dont remember its name?? i tried google and youtube could not find anything, can someone help me with it.????

  • superman

    I guess few years before i watched a movie with all the justice league characters but i dont remember its name?? i tried google and youtube could not find anything, can someone help me with it.????

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