justice league box office

No one could’ve predicted this, but Justice League has ended its theatrical run as the lowest-grossing DCEU film to date. Even Suicide Squad somehow made more money than DC’s huge superhero team-up film. So what happened with the Justice League box office?

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Mark Millar DC Movies

Justice League didn’t stink because it was cobbled together. It stunk because Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and the other superheroes in the DC Comics stable simply aren’t cinematic. At least, that was comics writer Mark Millar‘s answer when asked about the current state of Warner Bros.’ DC movies. Read the full Mark Millar DC movies quote below.
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Ben Affleck Turned Down Directing ‘Flashpoint’

ben affleck flashpoint

Before Warner Bros. settled on the surprising directing duo of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to helm Flashpoint, the studio had courted Ben Affleck to direct the comic book movie. But the director and Batman actor reportedly turned down the gig.

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Justice League extended cut

As you surely know by now, Justice League didn’t do so hot at the box office. In fact, its modest $227 million domestic haul was just outgrossed by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle this weekend. That’s right, one of the biggest superhero tentpoles of 2017 was just beaten by a (hugely entertaining) rebootquel of a moderately-beloved children’s movie.

And Warner Bros. knows they have to do something to save the ailing DC Extended Universe. They’ve shaken up their executive structure and hired a new DC Films president. But one thing they haven’t done is give into the ludicrous demands of the fans demanding a “Zack Snyder cut” of the movie — a cut that probably doesn’t actually exist. But with the impending release of Justice League on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital, new information is surfacing on a possible extended cut of the comic book movie. Maybe (hopefully) that will finally satisfy Snyder fans.

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Superman Hero

Man of Steel sequel has yet to materialize, and after the disappointing box office returns of Justice League, we don’t know if one ever will. But there have been plenty of discussions about a possible sequel to Zack Snyder‘s 2013 Superman movie, and writer Mark Millar recently revealed an ideal for Man of Steel 2 that he and sometimes-collaborator Matthew Vaughn might have made.

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Henry Cavill on the DCEU

It has proven surprisingly difficult for some fans to admit the DCEU has had some problems creating their own cinematic universe. But now, a surprising supporter of this idea has surfaced: Superman himself, Henry Cavill. In a candid new interview, Cavill concedes that the DCEU has made mistakes in the past, and that he hopes Wonder Woman is the first step towards remedying them.

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joker origin movie

If you for some reason thought that the Joker origin movie would be a lighthearted romp filled with fun and laughter, you’d be wrong.

Nothing screams “dark” like a Joker movie that has already been described as “a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City.” So really, this story is just adding to what we already assumed when this project was initially announced.

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shazam actor

Superheroes often have to balance alter egos — the face they show to the public, and the facade they fight evil with in order to protect their loved ones. It’s a fascinating Jekyll and Hyde dynamic that goes on almost every superhero — except for the majority of the Avengers, who fight with their identities out in broad daylight.

But what if a superhero literally had two personas, split between their public identity and their heroic one? That’s exactly what Shazam does, and how the film version plans to cast its actors, with the separation of the superpowered Shazam and Billy Batson, the kid given magical, transformative powers. It’s not quite as existential as it sounds.

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the batman being in the dceu

UpdateThe Batmadirector Matt Reeves has clarified his remarks about The Batman not being “part of” the DC Extended Universe. He confirmed on Twitter that The Batman will still take place in the DC universe. See more below.

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The state of The Batman movie has been in a state of flux since its inception. At first, Ben Affleck was set to direct, then not. Matt Reeves came on board and decided to throw out the original script in favor of his own. And most recently it’s been speculated that Ben Affleck won’t even end up starring in the film.

Now, it seems that the one thing that we thought was taken for granted that The Batman would fall under Warner Bros.’ growing DC Cinematic Universe, may not be true. Reeves confirmed that when he joined the project, Warner Bros. allowed him to approach The Batman as a standalone movie that he says won’t be connected to the larger DCEU.

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Justice League Reshoots

Frenzied reports of the goings-on of the Justice League reshoots have DC Extended Universe fans concerned that this spells Doomsday for massive superhero team-up movie. But Justice League star and Caped Crusader himself, Ben Affleck, is swooping in to save the day and say, don’t worry. Um…we think?

Affleck commented on the upcoming Justice League movie, which was directed by Zack Snyder before he left due to family tragedy. Former Marvel Studios favorite Joss Whedon, who had recently jumped across the aisle to direct Batgirl, stepped in to handle reshoots. The two-director situation is unusual, but shouldn’t have fans too worried, Affleck said, diplomatically calling Justice League “an interesting product of two directors.” Interesting.

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