The John Williams' Superman theme was used during "a dark, twisted moment" in the film,[120][121] the time when a resurrected Superman fights the Justice League. In October 2012, following its legal victory over Joe Shuster's estate for the rights to Superman, Warner Bros. announced that it planned to move ahead with the Justice League film. After all, the long awaited Snyder Cut is heading to HBO Max. Warner Bros. was unsatisfied with how the film was shaping up under Snyder, because of the negative feedback that the theatrical version of Batman v Superman received. The result? Still, we have some idea of what the plan was. After previously declining an offer to direct the first film,[200] Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins noted she is open to directing a Justice League sequel. It features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons. A Justice League film would re-enter development as part of Warner Bros' upcoming DC film slate in October 2014, with Snyder on board to direct and Terrio attached to write the script. [58] Longtime Miller collaborator Hugh Keays-Byrne had been cast in an unnamed role, rumored to be Martian Manhunter. Superhero fans are a ridiculously powerful market; they deserve better than this. Justice League's VFX team was then forced to use special effects to digitally remove the mustache in post-production. [85][86] Snyder's longtime cinematographer Larry Fong was replaced by Fabian Wagner due to scheduling conflicts. "Clearing up any misconceptions -- the Justice League movie is called "Justice League. [77] Warner Bros. was reportedly courting Chris Terrio to rewrite Justice League the following July, after having been impressed with his rewrite of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. "[65] Production offices were then moved to Vancouver Film Studios in Canada. [23][24] Billy Crudup appears, uncredited, as Henry Allen, Barry Allen's father. [198] In December 2017, it was reported that there were "no immediate plans" for Zack Snyder to direct any future DC films, being relegated to an executive producer position instead. As a result, this film has a lot of heavy background lifting to do - too much, in fact, for it to be able to tell a worthwhile story. "[103] He also said "Joss Whedon’s on-set treatment of the cast and crew of Justice League was gross, abusive, unprofessional and completely unacceptable. Big thanks to everyone involved! [79] In early July 2015, EW revealed that the script for Justice League Part One had been completed by Terrio. The production crew was composed entirely of Australians, but the Australian government denied Warner Bros. a 40 percent tax rebate as they felt they had not hired enough Australian actors. [136], Justice League grossed $229 million in the United States and Canada, and $428.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $657.9 million, against a production budget of $300 million. It's Superman. Reportedly Shaking Up Its Superheroes Post–Justice League", "4 reasons 'Justice League' has flopped at the box office", "Box office top 20: 'Coco' displaces 'Justice League, "Thanksgiving B.O. Justice League also ended with the promise of a new supervillain team-up – an 'Injustice League' if you will – after Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) was revealed to have escaped from Arkham Asylum and formed an alliance with the assassin Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello). As the team is now established, Diana steps back into the public spotlight as a heroine; Barry acquires a job in Central City's police department, impressing his father; Victor continues to explore and enhance his abilities with his father in S.T.A.R. Liste der Besetung: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot u.v.m. [citation needed] Its Japan premiere took place on November 20, 2017 in Tokyo, with only Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher from the main cast attending. Batman vs Superman and Justice League dropped some heavy hints that Darkseid – DC's answer to Thanos – was waiting in the wings. [124][125] Clark Kent was revealed in a final trailer before the release of the film, but edited in a way that writers felt Lois Lane was dreaming about Clark. They're throwing away hundreds of millions of dollars of investment that the rest of the world is competing for and, much more significantly, highly skilled creative jobs. Warner Bros. fast-tracked the film for a summer 2009 release but production was halted by the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike. Principal photography took place from April to October 2016. This would make Bruce Wayne's Knightmare vision in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a vision of the future which actually happens, not just a possible future. [126][127] Sponsorship and marketing partners of the film included AT&T,[128] Gillette,[129] Mercedes-Benz,[130] and TCL. [100][110][111] The company also did not opt to delay the film's release despite the fact that there had been numerous problems in post-production, so that the executives would receive their cash bonuses before the company's merger with AT&T. The studio tapped Michele and Kieran Mulroney to pen a screenplay which became known as Justice League: Mortal. Diana joins Bruce Wayne in an attempt to unite other metahumans to their cause: Wayne goes after Arthur Curry and Barry Allen, while Diana locates Victor Stone. [187] In November, however, an insider claimed that Warner Bros. was unlikely to release Snyder's version of Justice League in theaters or on HBO Max, calling it a "pipe dream". The Avengers was popcorn bliss, a superhero nirvana. During filming, it was reported that the rewrites by Geoff Johns caused issues with Chris Terrio and Warner Bros. executives. Justice League's follow-up Aquaman surprised everyone by becoming the highest-grossing DC movie ever released. Joe Manganiello and Jesse Eisenberg appear uncredited in a post-credits scene as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke and Lex Luthor, respectively. It was praised for its action sequences and acting but was criticized for the screenplay, pacing and CGI, as well as its thin plot, and the underdeveloped villain. [82][83], Principal photography began on April 11, 2016, with shooting taking place at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, as well as various locations around London and Scotland. Like Cyborg (Ray Fisher), one of its ostensible heroes, Justice League is patched together from disparate elements. and Aquaman – over the next couple of years that means if a Justice League sequel did somehow become a reality, it won't happen for a few years yet. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? Justice League only came out in 2017, but it already feels like it came from a totally different era of DC movies. Without Superman to aid them, the five heroes travel to a village in Russia where Steppenwolf aims to unite the Mother Boxes once again to remake Earth. [50] Jessica Biel reportedly declined to play Wonder Woman role after negotiations. and Birds of Prey which were both largely self-contained, while Joker was set in a completely different timeline. [70] Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov explained that Man of Steel would be "setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. Justice League premiered in Beijing on October 26, 2017, and was released in the United States in 4DX, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on November 17, 2017. —Producer Gregory Noveck, on whether Warner Bros. is going to do a Justice League film, 2008. [59] Marit Allen was hired as the original costume designer before her untimely death in November 2007,[60] and the responsibilities were assumed by Weta Workshop. [157] It made $8.5 million on its first day from nine countries, including South Korea, France, and Brazil. "I'd heard similar things from separate sources over the last year as well, I also heard that Snyder's rough-cut of the movie was 'unwatchable' (a word that jumped out at me because it's rare you hear two separate sources use exactly the same adjective). [55] Hip hop recording artist and rapper Common was cast,[56] with Adam Brody as Barry Allen / Flash,[57] and Jay Baruchel as the lead villain, Maxwell Lord. But that doesn't mean there's no Justice League news. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at Of course, even if that's true, there's obviously more to the story since rough cuts can be fixed up with reshoots, rewrites, etc. After Snyder stepped down from the film following the death of his daughter, Whedon was hired to oversee the remainder of post-production, including writing and directing additional scenes. They announced that the part 2 of the franchise would come in 2019, this was Snyder’s original two-part plan. Although the reasoning behind each director's departure differs, Richard Donner was able to complete his Superman II cut in 2006. It's just a shame that their current incarnation, moulded in Zack Snyder's vision, lacks a strong framework to allow them to better shine. [44] Jason Reitman was the original choice to direct Justice League, but he turned it down, as he considers himself an independent filmmaker and prefers to stay out of big budget superhero films. Since then, DC movies have moved away from the MCU approach of a shared universe to tell largely standalone movies, like Aquaman, Shazam! Pre-New 52/Rebirth. Warner Bros. had to let the options lapse for the cast,[62] but development was fast tracked once more in February 2008 when the strike ended. [118] In June 2017, Danny Elfman was announced to have controversially replaced Junkie XL. After all, Ben Affleck is no longer Batman and Cavil appears to only be cameoing as Superman for now, so that's already two major characters that wouldn't be the same as before, making a direct sequel unlikely. Warner Bros. began to develop a live-action Justice League film in 2007. [61], However, the writers strike began that same month and placed the film on hold. "[171], Writing for the Film Ireland Magazine, Ellen Murray found the characters interesting, but their setting unworthy: "... there is something undeniably thrilling in seeing these iconic characters work together on the big screen. Principal photography for Justice League began in April 2016 and wrapped the following December. This will be followed by a version that will combine the episodes into a four-hour long film. He then took over as director of the film after Snyder stepped down during the post-production. Filming was pushed back to July 2008, while Warner Bros was still confident they could produce the film for a summer 2009 release. [37] The news came around the same time that Joss Whedon's long-developed Wonder Woman film was cancelled,[38] as well as The Flash, written and directed by David S. Although Diana fails to persuade Stone to join, he agrees to help them locate the threat. 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[131] Later after the film's release, Superman was finally included in a new alternate version of the theatrical poster. The divisive reaction towards the final highlighted cut of the film, with Zack Snyder leaving directorial duties and the final cut of the film in the hands of Joss Whedon, has led to an argument comparing the situation to the one experienced by the film Superman II. In the finished film, McKinless' face was replaced with that of David Thewlis using special effects; Thewlis received the credit as Ares. Wayne decides to use the Mother Box to resurrect Superman, not only to help them fight off Steppenwolf's invasion but also to restore hope to mankind. The team-up movie suffered from poor reviews and soft box office returns ($658 million worldwide), marking the nadir of DC's shared universe but, ironically, led to an upturn in DC's fortunes. The film was initially titled Justice League Part One, with a second film (under the name Justice League Part Two) intended to follow in 2019. Many of the secondary characters (including the villain) boasted significant screen time in one or more of the first five films. [76] In April 2014, it was announced that Zack Snyder would also direct Goyer's Justice League script. However, the sequel was indefinitely delayed to accommodate the production of a standalone Batman film starring Affleck. This caused numerous rewrites as Justice League was filming. [173][174] However, neither film made it to the final list of nominations. Despite his character being hidden from promotional materials, Cavill still joined the rest of the cast on the film's press tour. Reportedly, the original Justice League plan would have been very similar to the Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame arc where our heroes were defeated, only to be brought back with the help of time travel. [75] The sequel was later revealed to be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a team-up film featuring Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg, the latter three in minor roles that became more significant in the Justice League film. "[168] Conversely, Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter, while praising Gadot and Miller, called the film visually ugly and boring, saying, "Fatigue, repetition and a laborious approach to exposition are the keynotes of this affair, which is also notable for how Ben Affleck, donning the bat suit for the second time, looks like he'd rather be almost anywhere else but here. "[166], Bilge Ebiri of the Village Voice similarly gave it a positive review: "... action scenes start and stop and then start again, then go in different directions, and it was a few moments into the Big Climactic Face-Off before I realized we'd arrived at the Big Climactic Face-Off. There's no sense of purpose here, not even a sense of place. [4] It had a worldwide opening of $278.8 million, the 24th biggest of all-time. Filming wrapped in October 2016. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the action sequences and performances (particularly of Gadot and Miller) but criticized the plot, writing, score, pacing, villain, and computer-generated imagery. Elfman used the Batman theme music from the 1989 film Batman. [201][202][203], This article is about the theatrical version of Justice League. In the United States, the film opened to 4,051 theaters in its widest release. All the plodding, gray, generic action of a Snyder film with stabs of Whedonian humor that almost never feel organic. [153] It made $9.7 million in its fourth week and $4.3 million in its fifth, finishing a respective second and fifth at the box office. "[160], Sara Stewart of the New York Post gave the film 1.5 out of 4 stars: "Justice League is a pointless flail of expensive (yet somehow cheap-looking) CGI that no amount of tacked-on quips, or even Gadot's luminescent star power, can rescue. National Comics Publications, Inc. v. Fawcett Publications, Inc. Wonder Women! [196] In October 2017, J. K. Simmons stated that the studio was working on the script of the sequel, alongside The Batman. The film was initially titled Justice League Part One, with a second film (under the name Justice League Part Two) intended to follow in 2019. Sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox – and don't forget to join our Watch This Facebook Group for daily TV recommendations and discussions with other readers. Riding the critical and popular success of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and smarting from the disappointing performance of Bryan Singer's Superman Returns, they dithered and dallied and didn't begin planning out the post-Dark Knight campaign until the MCU movie count was past the half-dozen mark and rising. The Justice League Part Two Schauspieler, Cast & Crew. Interestingly, it did it while barely acknowledging the existence of the titular character's superhero buddies. [66][67], With production delays continuing, and the success of The Dark Knight in July 2008,[68] Warner Bros. decided to focus on the development of individual films featuring the main heroes, allowing director Christopher Nolan to separately complete his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. [74], With the release of Man of Steel in June 2013, Goyer was hired to write a sequel, as well as a new Justice League, with the Beall draft being scrapped. Joss Whedon, whom Snyder had previously brought on to rewrite some additional scenes, took over to handle post-production duties in Snyder's place. Justice League understands that a character like Superman means something to people; it just can't show us convincingly why".[172]. [49], The following month, roughly 40 actors and actresses auditioned for the ensemble superhero roles, among them Joseph Cross, Michael Angarano, Max Thieriot, Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki, and Scott Porter. Related: How to watch the Worlds of DC movies in order. [54] The script for Justice League: Mortal would have featured John Stewart as Green Lantern, a role originally offered to Columbus Short. He was fully expected to make his appearance following the defeat of his minion Steppenwolf, and apparently was supposed to kill Lois Lane too. Thousands of years previously, Steppenwolf and his legions of Parademons had attempted to take over the Earth using the combined energies of the three Mother Boxes. Justice League 2 could conceivably go ahead without them, we suppose, although they are traditionally core members of the team. [199] By 2019, Warner Bros. had prioritized solo films over the project. The attempt was foiled by a unified alliance including the Olympian Gods, Amazons, Atlanteans, mankind, and extraterrestrial beings. It ended up debuting to $93.8 million, down 45% from Batman v Superman's opening of $166 million, and being the first film of the DCEU to open under $100 million. "[106] Conversely, Snyder estimates that only a fourth of his material was used in the theatrical version based on what he has been told of the theatrical cut, as he has not watched it. Justice League was released on digital download on February 13, 2018, and was released on Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray 3D, 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray, and DVD on March 13, 2018 in various international markets. [105] In an interview, producer Charles Roven said: "Let's just say 80, 85 percent of the movie is what was originally shot. [86] Ben Affleck served as executive producer. The late start resulted in a rushed and ununified approach. [135] Forbes reported that Justice League went on to gross more than $100 million in Blu-ray/DVD/Digital-HD sales and rentals. Diana and Curry are hesitant about the idea, but Wayne forms a secret contingency plan in case Superman returns as hostile. 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In that, it's definitely a first step. Steppenwolf attacks an Atlantean outpost to retrieve the next Mother Box, forcing Curry into action. Rather than following the Marvel Cinematic Universe's complicated, joined-up storytelling, DC's new model seems to be a far more fragmented landscape of largely standalone movies. With the heroes vanquished by Darkseid, he would go to Earth to level it. [91], Justice League had a troubled production. After the battle, Bruce and Diana agree to set up a base of operations for the team, with room for more members. [42] Warner Bros. was less willing to proceed with development of a sequel to Superman Returns, having been disappointed with its box office. [69] Shortly after filming on Man of Steel was complete, Warner Bros hired Will Beall to write the script for a new Justice League film. Without it, the film would crumble. [95][96][97], In May 2017, Snyder stepped down from directorial duties during post-production of the film to properly deal with the death of his daughter, Autumn Snyder. During a scene a half-hour into the film, depicting Steppenwolf's first invasion thousands of years earlier, Olympian Old Gods Zeus, Ares, and Artemis are portrayed by fitness model Sergi Constance, stuntman Nick McKinless, and MMA fighter Aurore Lauzeral, respectively. Willem Dafoe and Kiersey Clemons filmed scenes as Nuidis Vulko and Iris West, although their roles were cut from the final film. With an estimated production budget of $300 million, Justice League is one of the most expensive films ever made. Superman arrives and assists Allen in evacuating the city, as well as Stone, in separating the Mother Boxes. [151] It was the second-best second weekend hold of the DCEU, behind Wonder Woman's 43%, but the lowest overall gross. It was an ambitious plan that never really came close to happening, and the Justice League that was released ended in a very different way with the League successful against Steppenwolf. [158] In Brazil, the film opened to $14.2 million, the biggest opening in the country's history.