Legendary Bows Out of MAN OF STEEL Sequel in Exchange for Partnership on Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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When director Zack Snyder’s Superman vs. Batman film hits theaters in 2015, the pic will not be boasting the Legendary Pictures logo.  The studio has decided to end its partnership with Warner Bros. later this year when their contract comes to a conclusion, but Legendary still stood to maintain its stake in the Man of Steel follow-up.  However, The Wrap now reports that Legendary has agreed to give up its stake in Superman vs. Batman in return for a portion of Christopher Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi film Interstellar.  Legendary previously co-produced Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy as well as Inception, so the studio certainly has a relationship with the filmmaker.

Interstellar is a co-production between Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. and is sure to make a killing at the box office, so Legendary stands to make a healthy amount of money on Nolan’s latest.  At the end of its partnership with Warner Bros., Legendary will begin its new contract with Universal Pictures.




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  • Tey

    Well according to THR. Legendary wanted Superman vs Batman! but WB didn’t want to give a sure fire hit away! Instead cleverly brought Legendary onboard as a hedge in case Interstellar bombs (since it is an original film).

    In a way Legendary is more likely KICKED OFF rather than BOWED OUT.

    • Dev1359

      If true this makes more sense. We all know a movie with Batman and Superman starring alongside each other would destroy the box office, it doesn’t make much sense to want to back out of it in favor of an original film.

      • Tey

        Destroy?! More like Disintegrate!

        3 ways this can topple the Avengers

        1. 3D! Higher ticket price

        2. Clever marketing!

        3. Christian Bale!

    • Dev1359

      If true this makes more sense. We all know a movie with Batman and Superman starring alongside each other would destroy the box office, it doesn’t make much sense to want to back out of it in favor of an original film.

    • Lex Walker

      How does that make sense to WB? From a box office standpoint, films directed by Nolan make more money than Superman films do. Interstellar might be an original film, but based on box office performance they would want to share Superman vs. Batman which will likely make less than Interstellar, assuming Nolan has another Inception on his hands.

      • Wex Lalker

        If you really think an “original” sci-fi film will make more than the first on-screen team up of America’s oldest superheroes; in a time when the comic book genre dominates the box office, you must be clinically insane.

      • Lex Walker

        Inception beat Man of Steel, and Man of Steel turned off enough of the people who saw it that Superman vs Batman will be struggling to undo the damage done by Man of Steel, and it won’t be able to boast “by the Director of The Dark Knight”. Nevermind that Batman hasn’t always been box office gold, that’s a recent thing, and even the last instance of that soured audiences. So no, you have to be clinically insane or just blind to box office grosses if you think the combination of Batman and Superman alone will result in automatic success. If it doesn’t resonate with audiences and critics, it’ll be another underwhelming “success”. Interstellar is the better bet.

      • Brenno

        I’VE HEARD SOME SHIT IN MY TIME, BUT THIS TAKES THE CAKE… damage done by Man of Steel? Take your head out your ass, and join us in the real world. Man of steel trounced batman begins in the same role as reboot at the box office, and the second will trounce it’s first outing by about a factor of 4. Do you seriously think that a movie featuring batman AND superman isn’t going to cream the box office? Are you truly that deluded that you think that the critics opinions count for shit on a property like this? Transformers has regularly shown the value of the critics opinion when it comes to the general public.

        Whatever you ‘think’ you know about the ‘damage’ done by the first movie, this movie will 100% break the billion $ mark

        PS If you want a more honest guage of the publics perception (box office), check out the movies cinemascore rating as opposed to rottentomatoes

      • Brenno

        I’VE HEARD SOME SHIT IN MY TIME, BUT THIS TAKES THE CAKE… damage done by Man of Steel? Take your head out your ass, and join us in the real world. Man of steel trounced batman begins in the same role as reboot at the box office, and the second will trounce it’s first outing by about a factor of 4. Do you seriously think that a movie featuring batman AND superman isn’t going to cream the box office? Are you truly that deluded that you think that the critics opinions count for shit on a property like this? Transformers has regularly shown the value of the critics opinion when it comes to the general public.

        Whatever you ‘think’ you know about the ‘damage’ done by the first movie, this movie will 100% break the billion $ mark

        PS If you want a more honest guage of the publics perception (box office), check out the movies cinemascore rating as opposed to rottentomatoes

      • isakglasses

        best response to these stupid troll assholes ever. good work Brenno

      • Lizard King

        Sorry Brenno, but I’m inclined to agree with Lex Walker. Man of Steel was forgettable trash. Most people I know walked out of it saying “meh”. Most people I know walked out of Batman Begins saying “I can’t wait to see him fight the Joker.” As with most art forms, your sure-fire bet is to follow an artist, not a motif. Fads wane and dissipate, as will the current surge for Superhero flicks, but a good director is timeless, and Nolan is already bordering on timeless, so I would bet my money on him over a forgettable, artless franchise trying to cling to what worked in the past.

      • Tey

        Batman’s return in the form of Batman Begins experienced a disappointing box office too! Look how it’s sequel turned out.

      • Tey

        Batman’s return in the form of Batman Begins experienced a disappointing box office too! Look how it’s sequel turned out.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        The hell you’re talking about
        Inception made more money than man of steel and batman begins and almost all the marvel movies

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        The hell you’re talking about
        Inception made more money than man of steel and batman begins and almost all the marvel movies

      • Wex Lalker

        If you really think an “original” sci-fi film will make more than the first on-screen team up of America’s oldest superheroes; in a time when the comic book genre dominates the box office, you must be clinically insane.

      • -

        It’s Superman and Batman (easily the two most recognisable superheroes ever created) in the same movie. Of course it’s going to be bigger than Interstellar.

      • -

        It’s Superman and Batman (easily the two most recognisable superheroes ever created) in the same movie. Of course it’s going to be bigger than Interstellar.

      • Tey

        1. Superman (with Batman inside this time) has better built in awareness, which means more product placement opportunities. Didn’t u hear? Man of Steel almost recoup it’s entire budget just through product placement. This causes a lower breakeven point which means… HIGHER PROFITS.

        2. Toys!

        3. 3-Fucking-D

      • Kevin

        Well, those 3 points are not related to the box office numbers, but i do agree that Batman-Superman is probably going to be bigger than Interstellar. It depends on the trailers and buildup for Interstellar, which could go either way, because there are only vague descriptions of what its about. Personally, everything I’ve heard doesn’t excite me (especially McConaughey in the lead role), but we shall see.

      • Jay

        His point on a successful box office is actually sensible. When they released the movie, the budget was already covered. So upon release it everything in made was in the green. Also if you don’t think McConaughey is a good actor, you probably haven’t seen his recent stuff. He’s looking at two Oscar noms this year.

    • Lex Walker

      How does that make sense to WB? From a box office standpoint, films directed by Nolan make more money than Superman films do. Interstellar might be an original film, but based on box office performance they would want to share Superman vs. Batman which will likely make less than Interstellar, assuming Nolan has another Inception on his hands.

  • Tey

    Well according to THR. Legendary wanted Superman vs Batman! but WB didn’t want to give a sure fire hit away! Instead cleverly brought Legendary onboard as a hedge in case Interstellar bombs (since it is an original film).

    In a way Legendary is more likely KICKED OFF rather than BOWED OUT.

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  • Blake Adams

    Interesting…….

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    Interesting…….

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