There’s a lot riding on the new Superman film, the Zack Snyder-directed “Man of Steel,” including the fate of a new superhero franchise, “Justice League,” Warner Bros. has admitted.
Though previous reports made it sound as if “Justice League” was set in stone, it’s not. Unless “Man of Steel” makes a killing at the box office, it won’t be made.
“Stakes are high for ‘Man of Steel.’ Other than Nolan's Batpics, Warners has not been able to effectively exploit the DC library,” Variety writes.
“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,” adds the same media outlet.
Then again, hype for “Man of Steel” has been so good that it seems almost unfathomable for it to flop. Stranger things have been known to happen, though.