Warner lines up Justice League to go head-to-head with Avengers 2

Both films will arrive in 2015

Warner Bros has taken an aggressive step in re-establishing its stable of on-screen superheroes, by aiming to launch its Justice League film in the same year as Marvel’s The Avengers 2.

According to the LA Times, Warner wants to begin shooting the film next year in time for a 2015 release. That would put it in direct competition with The Avengers 2, which lands in US cinemas on 1 May 2015.

Will Beall is currently hard at work on a script for the project, with the studio working hard to bring a director on board. Chris Nolan and Ben Affleck had previously been linked to the position, but neither rumour has turned out to contain much substance.

Warner’s scheduling plans will of course mean that any more standalone superhero movies (Man Of Steel excepted) will be unlikely before the arrival of Justice League. Instead, they will likely come afterwards.

Whether that will give the film the same hard-earned clout as The Avengers remains to be seen… without individual set-up films, will the finished team-up be as effective? We’ll find out in 2015.

Do you think Justice League will live up to The Avengers? Tell us, below!


    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Oct 19th 2012, 8:31

      Arnt people sick of wrestlers who can fly and all that yet? Jeez, Avengers was OK but move on already! Oh and TF, cant you do something about all the spam comments? ↑

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    • BobTheSkull

      Oct 19th 2012, 10:15

      What? Spam comments like yours? Come on, just because YOU don't much care about this genre doesn't mean that the other hundred million or so people who watch it should be the same. If you are really so fed up with it, don't watch! Anyway, in my opinion (see that? my opinion... my own view that I'm sharing with, not forcing on, others) is that this is a panic move by Warner/DC. They don't have the time to do the set-up movies in order to compete properly with Marvel. With Batman deliberately segregated from the rest of the DC universe, and by the look of it, Superman as well, everything would need rebooted yet again to be included in the same set-up strategy that Marvel pulled off. I'll be impressed if they pull it off, but I seriously doubt it. Go on DC, make me eat my words!

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    • bennington13

      Oct 19th 2012, 12:00

      I agree with BobTheSkull - this is a reaction to the runaway success of Avengers which suggests to me that it's unlikely to be as good simply because it won't have anything like the same time effort and resource put into it - the fact that they've announced the release date before anything else just about sums it up really. I would be fascinated and impressed if they could make it work, but a Justice League movie will seem a bit limp without at least one of the big guns (i.e. Batman or Superman), and unlike the Avengers, absolutely no effort has been made to sync the various superheroes up into a consistent crossover universe: there's a reason that a Norse demi god and an egotistical billionaire in a pimped out titanium suit can co-exist in the Marvel universe, and it ain't coincidence. Plus the Avengers is really the climax of an eight hour +, 4-6 film (depending on how you feel about the Hulk movies) epic - one of the more telling criticisms of Avengers is that it can seem a bit underdeveloped if you've not seen the previous individual set up movies. Now try imagining Zach Snyder's Superman, Chris Nolan's Batman and Martin Campbell's Green Lantern (...) teaming up to take on a lairy alien invader - doesn't work does it? Still, there's a masochistic part of me that would totally pay to see that train wreck...

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    • royceearnestjr

      Oct 19th 2012, 12:08

      If you're not into the comic book genre type movies, then don't watch them or read the articles about them. It's that simple.

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    • Maniacbob

      Oct 19th 2012, 13:50

      With the exception of Hawkeye, and to a certain extent the Hulk, each character of the Avengers had some introduction in previous movies. Its the only thing that made the Avengers work, and there is still a long, slow introduction that brings them all together before they even form a single team. Hell, Hawkeye spends over half the movie working for the enemy. I really don't see how anybody could possibly pull off the same thing with the Justice League with no build up. Especially considering that the previous DC actors are unlikely to return which means you're even going to have to reintroduce those characters again and try to sell whole new actors as them (not impossible but another hurdle that didnt need to be dealt with in The Avengers). I'd probably still watch the seven(?) cardboard cutouts of DC heroes do battle with some equally one-dimensional villain for fun anyways, if only to see how laughably awful it will be.

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    • neillreid

      Oct 19th 2012, 13:57

      I think the most interesting thing is who is going to be playing the parts?? Bale won't be coming back as Batman, will Cavill play Superman or will they keep 'The Man of steel' as a seperate franchise and re-cast the roll to someone else for this flick? Who will play Wonder-woman? Aquaman? The Flash? etc.... The reason Avengers worked was that each character was given a set-up movie to establish and develop them, we won't get that with Justice League so it may be hard to give each super hero enough indivdual screen time to establish their character, .... it could be a bit of a mess... hopefully not though.

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    • wazzocks

      Oct 19th 2012, 14:37

      Super smashing hero films are nearly always rubbish. Nolans Batman films and the original Superman they have all been ridiculous and crushingly boring. Trying to think of another, but none springs to mind. I mean, think about it. If you have a super fella who is strong enough to lift a planet, fly faster than light, is indestructible and who, if on the off chance the baddie happens to get the better of such a person (somehow) can fly backwards around the sun to reverse time, then whats the point of Batman, wonderwoman or any of the other power rangers in the picture. 90% of super hero films suck. As will this.

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    • SiMan

      Oct 19th 2012, 17:52

      I think the initial reaction is that Warners is rushing into this and that it isn't going to work, but if you think about it, Avengers is the only (to-my-knowledge-until-some-smart-a*se-corrects-me) major blockbuster that established backstories to characters in previous movies. Just because Marvel did that it doesn't mean this is the only way to go. The first X-Men had a lot of characters in it and that did just fine. All you need, as in any film of this sort is an outsider coming into the team to be 'the audience' and have all the mc-guffin explained to them. Maybe Batman, -being a non-super powered hero and someone most people know the back story to, could be that person. I also think Warners are going to do the smart thing and market this with Batman and the recent success of the Nolan films at the forefront, the same way Man of Steel is using Nolan's producing credit as a major selling point, so i still think this has potential. I wonder if they'd risk making a film with the League and its members already established - maybe adapting the 'Justice' story by Alex Ross (an excellent read BTW)

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    • Ali1748

      Oct 19th 2012, 23:15

      Everything WB has planned ever since the credits rolled on TDKR has just struck me as greedy and moronic.

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