Justice League Movie
Justice League - Released Nov 17, 2017. Directed by Zack Snyder (and Joss Whedon)
Justice League ends at $657,924,295 Worldwide
Dec 11, 2017: For a movie continually kicked in the shins by movie critics and the pop cognoscenti of blogworld, this hybrid Zack Snyder/Joss Whedon production has piled up what would be an excellent amount of money for just about any other non-superhero movie. But, these numbers will probably get it dismissed as a near-dud unless a wash of box office through the holidays can lift it up another few hundred million, which seems spectacularly unlikely.
The question is, with Justice League such a tightly controlled feature film apparently showing off the very best DC could muster with director Snyder (and Whedon) driving, and to get beaten up like this afterwards - is this because the whole year has been disastrous for so many heavily-hyped features (?) or is there simply a huge disconnect between what DC/Warners think the fans want versus what they actually want?
"If you consider Justice League to be the third chapter in Zack Snyder’s DC Films trilogy following Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice, then Justice League played like the third Divergent movie. Fans and general audiences decided not to be fooled for the third time." Scott Mendalson at Forbes
Official Web Site Justice League
July 25, 2017: Wonder Woman was heavily emphasized in the new Comi-Con 2017 footage shown promoting Justice Leage, and it looks like Joss Whedon will be getting co-directing credit and is (if internet news sources can be trusted) shooting a load of new scenes and has picked out a new composer for the film score. That's a heavily involved "replacement" which is doing more than just tidying up after Zack Snyder left due to family loss.
Random speculation: With Gal Gadot's Diana Prince piling up a considerable amount of worldwide revenue, it's possible that Whedon (and DC) are wanting to add more emphasis to Gadot in the Justuce League film. Hardly a surprise considering that if Wonder Woman had tanked at the box office, it would have been natural to mitigate Diana Prince for the Nov 17 release of DC's big budget action film. Considering some have claimed the two-part Justice League duo was costing $500 million in production, DC /Warners has a lot riding on the performances of the principal actors. But Gal Gadot had succeeded well beyond most expectations, with Wonder Woman the biggest box-office film of the 2017 summe, and, if we don't count Disney's billion-dollar Beauty and the Beast release, Diana Prince has the leading film of the year (so far.)
Zach Snyder leaves Justice League movie
May 2017: DC announced: Filming is over but post production on Justice League is ongoing and being supervised now by Joss Whedon. Zack Snyder has left due to the suicide death of his 20 year old daughter.
Hollywood Reporter on the story:
"Stepping in to shepherd the movie through post and the shooting of some additional scenes will be Joss Whedon, the Avengers filmmaker and creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With Whedon's help, the movie is still on track for its Nov. 17 release date.
Snyder’s daughter, Autumn Snyder, died by suicide in March at age 20. Her death has been kept private, with only a small inner circle aware of what happened, even as the movie was put on a two-week break for the Snyders to deal with the immediate effects of the tragedy. Zack Snyder says he initially was eager to return to the film, which stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller.
“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was way through it,” says an emotional Snyder in an interview Monday in his office on the Warner Bros. lot, with Deborah sitting by his side. “The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming. And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization … I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”
The studio is fully behind the move. “What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart — our hearts — go out to them," says Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich."
You could win a date with one of these heroes...
Jan 11, 2017: This new promo photo for the coming Justice League movie (Nov 17). Why does it look like the moment when the line-up for a TV dating show is revealed? Aside from the costumes and the dry ice smoke, it lacks any kind of dynamism to it. It could be a row of dolls ("action figures") on the shelf at a Wal-Mart store. (Although, with that lighting and the smoke, it'd be a very exciting Wal-Mart store shelf.)
2014 - Justice League Film version announced
April 28, 2014: This is hardly a surprise: Zach Snyder will be directing. Aside from Chris Nolan, Snyder seems to be the only one Warner Bros is willing to trust going forward into an expanding roster of superhero films. It's something they'll have to get over quickly, as they have been talking about a slew of films, such as: Shazam, Metal Men, 100 Bullets and Fables, and Snyder can't do them all.
And also not surprisingly, there's a positive response toward a stand-alone Wonder Woman movie, but it would "take the right script." That's a safe answer, whether Warners really believes in a possible Wonder Woman film or not. If Batman Vs Superman makes good money, and the Justice League film likewise does well, there's no reason not to believe that Warners won't really step up their effort to catch up with Marvel/Disney and the billions they've made off of Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, etc.
There's news all over the internet on this announcement for the JLA movie, but it seems to originate from a Wall Street Journal article here.
Original Page May 2014 Update Nov 2019