Justice League finally brought together some of the mightiest superheroes in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) but to little applause. The half-baked release left a lot of people disappointed, but not Warner Bros. because it was already expecting to smell failure.
According to a new report from Revenge of the Fans earlier today, the upper echelon at Warner Bros. was fully aware that Justice League would receive a lukewarm reception in theaters at best. This notion was apparently set in stone way before the premiere night but the entertainment division wanted to move on to its next projects and hence, basically dumped the movie into the wild.
There was the option of delaying the release date but problems for Justice League ran deeper than any possible rectifications. Neither the Zack Snyder nor Joss Whedon cut managed to convince Warner Bros. to chalk out a remedy. The executives simply washed their hands off the project because they realized that no manner of plot-extensions would be able to save the movie.
There was also the fact that Justice League ended up being the second-most expensive movie ever made, burning through $300 million in total. Warner Bros. simply did not want to spend more.
Justice League opened in theaters on November 15, 2017. It featured a star-studded cast of superheroes but ended up as a critical failure and commercial disappointment. The movie bagged just over $655 million in the box office to become the lowest-grossing release in the DCEU.
The next confirmed projects in the superhero genre from DC Entertainment are Aquaman on December 21, 2018; Shazam! on April 5, 2019; and Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019.