The Fate Of The DC Cinematic Universe Hinges On The Success Of MAN OF STEEL

You guys still want that Justice League movie, right? Well, in a piece about Jeff Robinov staying on as president of the Warner Bros. motion picture group, it's pointed out that the studio won't move ahead with Justice League until they see how Man of Steel performs. Read on for details!

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By Josh Wilding - 1/28/2013
Green Lantern was a flop. With a budget of over $200 million, the fact that it grossed less than $220 million worldwide was not a good result for Warner Bros. While success was pretty much guaranteed for them with Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise, Green Lantern was the first real risk that the studio took when it comes to their superhero properties. For that reason, it should perhaps comes as no surprise that they are now extremely wary moving forward. While Marvel's The Avengers may have been a $1.5 billion success, they still aren't sure about whether or not they should move ahead with Justice League. Instead, it will be down to how well Man of Steel performs before they make a final decision on the fate of the superhero ensemble.


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.


Thanks to Variety for the information above. This is of course common sense to a certain extent, but the fact that a trade as reliable as this mention it means that we had best see Man of Steel as many times as possible if we want Justice League to finally become a reality!


Source: Variety
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Jollem - 1/28/2013, 3:51 PM
well in that case, expect the justice league movie to happen. man of steel will dominate
JordanKing - 1/28/2013, 3:56 PM
Hahaha, they can't possibly wait until June 14th if they want to get a JL out by 2015. It's physically impossible for something on that scale..

They should of started pre-prodduction already, yet their still twiddling their thumbs around a conference table. Priceless.
themidnightking - 1/28/2013, 4:02 PM
I think that the earliest we should expect the Justice League movie is 2016
Nick56 - 1/28/2013, 4:06 PM
Obviously Man of Steel will be a huge hit. Not only does it have some pretty big names involved both in front of and behind the camera but It just looks damn good and is the most anticipated film of 2013 for a majority of people
ManofSteel23 - 1/28/2013, 4:09 PM
Americas favourite hero,a rebooted hero that will finally throw some punches..do bad at the box offices...yeah right...WB...bunch of pussys
Nick56 - 1/28/2013, 4:12 PM
They've got a script and likely already have directors in mind so Im sure that production will begin to move forward a couple months before Man of Steel gets released...especially if they want to make that 2015 release date
gmoney0505 - 1/28/2013, 4:16 PM
Take one risk and you weary. LOL. You haven't effectively try to exploit DC library with one movie.There were plenty of movies based on Marvel characters that were flops before Blade came along.

It's not good to base an assumption on quality of movies if they are not being made by the same people. IF any of them thought GL was gonna be successful because of Batman and they are in the same company, then they need just stop now. IF Man of Steel is successful, that does not guarantee JL will be any good especially if it is not made by the exact same people.

You have to try more than once before you can determine if the library can be successful or not.
TheSoulEater - 1/28/2013, 4:19 PM
I've called this long before now, and i know, I'm hoping and praying that this skyrockets dc out of its lurch into the sun.

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Spidey91 - 1/28/2013, 4:20 PM
still waiting for the Flash movie
cbmf20 - 1/28/2013, 4:20 PM
drag your friends and family to this movie if needed, it cannot flop. the more you watch trailer 2 the better it gets, so i think this movie will be better than most anticipate it will be.
Spideyguy94 - 1/28/2013, 4:20 PM
Any movie with batman, superman or spider-man in will make a shit ton of money at the box office.
GodzillaKart - 1/28/2013, 4:24 PM
Luckily MOS looks pretty amazing.
GodzillaKart - 1/28/2013, 4:26 PM
@Spiderguy94: Actually, Superman Returns was only a mild success. If MOS performs like that I don't think we will get JL.
Durf - 1/28/2013, 4:28 PM
Yup, pretty much common sense. Would expect anything more out of WB?
ATrueHero1987 - 1/28/2013, 4:29 PM
It should have no trouble. The movie looks good and has my interest. As long as it's a great a movie, it should do well.
Facade - 1/28/2013, 4:30 PM
Doubt it. Sounds like a desperate ploy to back MOS. I wonder why?! Maybe WB is worried that Synder/Cavill's MOS won't deliver.

Well, I've felt that way ever since the casting choices were announced.
TonyChu - 1/28/2013, 4:30 PM
Warner Bros stop being pussys. Jesus Christ! Take note a from Nolan's Batman trilogy. "WHY DO WE FALL? TO LEARN TO PICK OURSELVES BACK UP!" Yeah GL was a flop, that just means you need to make a seperate studio branch like Marvel Studios, focus on bringing these characters to the big screen. DC has a wide variety of amazing characters and yet you have only been bringing us the same two for the past twenty years; Batman and Superman. WB get your shit together get Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, and Zac Snyder to oversee these films and get to work bringing us a Justice Leauge film.
DrDoom - 1/28/2013, 4:31 PM
Green Lantern made no money because it was a terrible movie, not because Green Lantern is a bad property.

Executives and their broken ass logic.
SugarYumYum - 1/28/2013, 4:34 PM
Thought we already knew this but oh well.

Not sure if I can get the folks out for the midnight showing like Avengers but Friday night should be do-able.
TonyChu - 1/28/2013, 4:34 PM
*Take a note from

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marvel72 - 1/28/2013, 4:36 PM
is the cinema going public interested in seeing superman for a sixth time,i know us comic book fans are but we only make up what is it about 10% of the final gross.

take superman returns $270,000,000 budget but only grossed $400,081,192,is that enough profit to warrant a justice league movie? fingers crossed it is.

i hope man of steel is a massive hit because i for one don't want to see batman being the only dc character getting movie love.
Nemeres - 1/28/2013, 4:36 PM
I'm gonna see Man of Steel a million times simply because it's Man of Steel, not because I want a forced-as-all-hell Justice League Avengers copycat effort.
MrEko - 1/28/2013, 4:38 PM
Honestly, I'd rather MOS was it's own self contained universe. If Nolan hadn't pitched Goyer's superman script to the studios, we would have no MOS... So I'd prefer if WB execs kept their grubby hands of MOS before they ruin it too. They already got their chance with Green Lantern.
ATrueHero1987 - 1/28/2013, 4:38 PM
The also need to pay attention to the reviews just as much(or not more) as the BO.
Jollem - 1/28/2013, 4:39 PM
@NightDrive - lol. all you need to be an "expert" is to have an ipad or a smart phone, i guess :)
Mrcool210 - 1/28/2013, 4:40 PM
please make man of steel like dredd, an awesome movie that nobody sees, then maybe wb will get there thumbs out of there asses and actually try to make a good movie without nolans involvement
TonyChu - 1/28/2013, 4:40 PM
@marvel72 they have for batman and 007
CapFan79 - 1/28/2013, 4:41 PM
I think man of steel will be mediocre. I could be wrong but it had better so unique compared to what has come before or it'll just be like returns.
ATrueHero1987 - 1/28/2013, 4:42 PM
@MrEko actually WB was still trying to do a MOS movie even before Nolan pitched his & Goyer's take on it.
BlackFlash - 1/28/2013, 4:53 PM
All Superman needs to do is throw a punch and the film will be a success if DC cant get that right then they don't deserve to make a JL movie, and they best get the tone right because if they mess up with that then a shared universe is out the window.
MrEko - 1/28/2013, 4:54 PM
@Marvel87, well kinda... they were gonna make a sequel to Superman Returns titled Superman: Man of Steel, in which superman is characterized as "a dark angry god" tired of the way humans have mistreated his good nature. It languished in development hell because they were outta their [frick]ing minds because nobody wanted it because it was stupid. Bullet dodged in my humble opinion.

Anyway while brainstorming ideas/storylines for TDKR, Goyer shared some concept on a superman story he was writing with Nolan, Nolan loved it soo much, he pitched it to WB. And well the rest is history.
ForeverPowerful - 1/28/2013, 4:55 PM
Well...looks like were getting our DC cinematic universe after all. Trying to contain my happiness. Man of Steel has all the signs of being nothing but amazing.
Jollem - 1/28/2013, 4:57 PM
so much hate for wb. but it's coming from marvel studios loyalists. so, there ya go
ATrueHero1987 - 1/28/2013, 5:01 PM
@MrEko I remember that but WB planned to reboot Superman even before Nolan pitched his idea(This was back in 2008 when they wanted to reboot Superman). They were talking to different comics writers. Even Mark Miller even suggested that to make Superman an 8 hour epic(but broken up into 3 different movies of course) with director Matthew Vaughn directing of course.
TheFox - 1/28/2013, 5:01 PM
Ugh. They're waiting to see how a single solo film does before moving ahead with a ridiculously overambitious team movie project.

Here's an idea, Warner Bros... WHY NOT DO MORE THAN JUST ONE SOLO FILM SO THAT AUDIENCES CAN GET PSYCHED UP BEFORE HITTING THEM WITH THE TEAM MOVIE?!? I mean, I know it's a crazy idea and all, but it seemed to work for the f%$#ing AVENGERS!

Ah, whatever-- the W.B. isn't reading this, and they're going to do whatever they want. I just really, really, really hope they don't screw up the Justice League film, and thereby rob us of a Wonder Woman or Flash film because they were too stupid to take their time building a cinematic universe before putting all of their eggs in one basket.

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THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 1/28/2013, 5:01 PM
I honestly think that Goyer and Nolan could write an amazing Wonder Woman film. If only her movie came out in 2014, Batman reboot in 2015, you have trinity.
edmundo - 1/28/2013, 5:02 PM
I not sure if I have a lot of faith in Snyder to produce a massive Box Office hit, I do have faith in the appeal of the Man of Steel will bring people in

caveman - 1/28/2013, 5:02 PM
This movie is going to RAPE the box office.
Fastestmanalive - 1/28/2013, 5:03 PM
How about instead of saying "oh lets not make DC movies cuz it dosent make money." think, "DOY!! it dident make money cuz it was not good, Avengers made money cuz it was good, so lets try to make a good movie too so we"ll make money and we can continue to make moer DC movies. DOY!!"

But no, cuz that would actually be using ur brain for once.
aral - 1/28/2013, 5:05 PM
The problem was there was no emotional depth in Green Lantern, I mean, didn't they at least read wikipedia articles of the heroes and villains named, butchering parallax is one thing, not caring about Sinestro is another.

I mean, Mark Strong was the ultimate casting for the role. He looked amazing and they could've throw whole planet in danger as a side storyline or at least some great loss to make us actually care why Sinestro gone bad.

What DC needs to keep the distance between Marvel is taking more serious drama. I'm not saying Nolan's Batman, that ship is sailed, and since everyone here is bitching about it, directly Nolanize entire DC Universe wouldn't work. But touching on serious subjects would click the audience. I mean, wasn't it supposed to be all-demigods in DC? Marvel was post-world war II baby boomer's childs without dads creation. Human weakness and all that shit, of course they had to be lighthearted. But all the DC properties are near damn gods. They're focusing this on Supes, while people are already bitching about Nolan's name in there, but I trust Snyder he [frick]ing pulled Watchmen through, and his stupid Sucker Punch was amazing at visuals. Don't you think if he actually manages to change Watchmen's ending and instead of [frick]ing it up, actually presses interesting plot points about Dr. Manhattan, why can't he pull [frick]ing Superman off?

Supes will be hit. A more serious Green Lantern with an actual villain and/or would have been a hit, you can't blame Ryan Reynolds for it. Blame millions gone the useless cgi suit for a floating Ryan Reynolds face.

Get Duncan Jones. If you trusted a Nolan who isn't a fangasm object then, he could've put this through.
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