Believe it or not, but Warner Bros. no longer needs Justice League to be a massive Avengers-style hit at the box office (which it won’t be). Obviously, studio executives would be pleased if the superhero team-up is both a commercial and critical triumph, but it isn’t do or die. With the box office success of The LEGO Batman Movie, Kong: Skull Island, Wonder Woman, Dunkirk, Annabelle: Creation, It and more coming, WB is sitting pretty in terms of 2017 revenue. And, with Flashpoint on the docket, WB can launch a soft reboot of the DC Extended Universe if Justice League doesn’t connect with audiences. So there’s a safety net in place.
UPDATE: Official reactions for Justice League have hit Twitter. Check them out right here.
However, they may not need it. The studio held a screening of Justice League this week, and while specific details and reviews are embargoed for quite awhile, vague reactions are trickling out on the internet. And they’re positive. It’s worth noting that the divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice drew similarly glowing early reactions, as did the universally embraced Wonder Woman, so you never know. For what it’s worth, the film isn’t looking at as great of an opening weekend as WB might have hoped for.
Personally, we haven’t been impressed with any of the film’s trailers but would love to be proven wrong. Based on these early responses, we may get our wish.
Justice League has undergone some major shakeups behind the scenes. Back in May, Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder left the project midway following the tragic death of his daughter. He was replaced by Avengers filmmaker Joss Whedon, who reportedly oversaw extensive reshoots. Will the final product come off as a hodgepodge of dueling tones and styles or will all the different moving parts coalesce into a worthy superhero showdown? We’ll find out for sure when Justice League opens on November 17.