In a word: probably. That’s the rumor du jour from Batman-On-Film,which suggests something that’s been assumed for a while, that if Man of Steel doesn’t create a non-Batman box office sensation then a lot of Warner Bros’ plans for future comic book movies based on DC Comics characters are going to hit the back burner.

That seems like a no-brainer, right? Not that there’s not enough pressure as it. Warners is trying to play catch-up ball with Marvel in trying to get their cinematic universe into a relatively similar creative space. Green Lantern ended up disappointing, and since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films have nothing to do with anything else, the whole thing needs to start with Man of Steel.

“If Superman is huge, then they’ve bought themselves some time and will have a franchise to hang their hat on for seven, eight years. The need for Batman won’t be as great, and [the reboot] of that franchise can wait until the Superman trilogy is done.”

Batman-on-Film’s source implies that a box office hit in Man of Steel will buy Warners some breathing room. They can take time to develop the stable of characters with hopefully more precision and fan satisfaction than if it fails, which means they’ll have to find another dock to moor the entire endeavor of the Justice League movie to. That might neciesitate putting another Batman movie into the fast track for development, just in order to keep the JLA brand alive, and we all know that the studo’s having enough problems with Justice League having this week learned that executives hated the Justice League script and maybe looking to start again from scratch.

But still, source says that regardless of how well any Superman or Justice League film will do at the box office, Batman is far too big an asset to leave off the big screen and will be back in a solo film sooner, rather than later:

“Don’t worry about the Batman [film] franchise…it’s [Warner Bros.’] most valuable [DC Comics-based] asset…I believe that they are now looking at introducing [the rebooted] Batman in a solo film, though that will likely take place later than they initially had planned. They are extremely worried how a [Batman film franchise] would be affected if Justice League bombs…and rightfully so.”

“The fact that what should be the core fanbase of a Justice League film isn’t on board is making them sweat as well.”

I imagine. After all, there isn’t just the usual billion dollar franchise on the line here, but bragging rights. The age-old struggle between Marvel and DC, taken off the comic book page and taken into the world of big box office. And Warners is under the gun here: Two years out from The Avengers, Marvel had the entire cast and a writer/director in place. As it stands now, Justice League has a script everybody hates, and maybe a leading man in current Superman Henry Cavill (assuming his movie doesn’t bomb). Currently, Justice League is scheduled for a Summer 2015 release date a mere two months after the release of The Avengers 2.

Yeah, I don’t know about you Bastards, but I’m not on board yet either.

More news as it develops.


Source: Screen Rant

Category: Comics, Film

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