While Justice League is a major movie for the future of DC Films and Warner Brothers, it’s actually being seen as less of a risk due to a great year for the studio – even with the project having the biggest budget for a movie in the DCEU yet. The film will also be just under two hours in length at the request of one of WB’s executives, something which ought to encourage repeat viewings and a greater number of screenings.
The Wall Street Journal recently had a feature story on DC’s long-awaited answer to The Avengers, and in the article they reveal some interesting information. They confirm that the movie – which has been described as a crowd-pleaser – will have a gross budget near $300 million following the reshoots. This is above the budget that was assigned to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($250 million) but below the likes of Avengers: Age of Ultron (said to be around $316 million). It’s worth noting is that gross budget and net budgets are two different things, so depending on how many tax incentives Justice League took advantage of, the film might be less expensive when all accounted for – Age of Ultron, for instance, had a net budget of just over $267 million after the books were fully sorted through.
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara also came up with an executive decision to make sure that the superhero crossover’s running time would be the shortest for a DCEU movie, explaining the movie’s similar length to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The article goes on to confirm that the film’s tone is indeed lighter and more hopeful than Batman v. Superman – a tone that was present in director Zack Snyder’s assembly cut (which they were mostly pleased with) and was later refined through Joss Whedon’s revisions to the film after Snyder stepped down following his family’s tragedy. The people at Warner Brothers have worked hard to ensure that the shared vision of the two directors had a style that worked for a consistent movie, and the most recent screening of the film apparently had a similar positive audience score to test screenings of Wonder Woman.
Since several of WB’s major releases have done well this year, Justice League is internally seen as less of a risk by the studio. 2018 is being seen as something of a reset year for the DC franchise as the studio moves less toward making one overarching narrative spanning multiple films – akin to what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done with its overarching storyline involving the Infinity Stones – and one driven by creators putting their own takes on DC’s charracters. While most of theses stories will still be told in the same universe as Justice League, there are also plans in place for movies that can stand on their own outside the context of a shared universe – as such, there are plans for a Joker & Harley Quinn spin-off in the style of Mr. & Mrs. Smith set in the shared universe, while there are also plans for a Taxi Driver-esque take on The Joker that’s set in its own world.
Justice League unites on November 17, 2017. The superhero epic features a cast that includes Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman), Henry Cavill as Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman), Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa as Orin/Arthur Curry (Aquaman), Ezra Miller as Barry Allen (The Flash), Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (Cyborg), Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James ‘Jim’ Gordon, Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone, Amber Heard as Mera, Julian Lewis Jones as King Atlan, Billy Crudup as Dr. Henry Allen, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Michael McElhatton is also in the movie in an unspecified role.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
The 7 Deadliest Assassins In DC Comics
In a world full of superheroes, it takes some next-level assassins to get things done on the dark side. For every hero who spent years honing their fighting abilities, there are expert killers who have no problem breaking the law to get things done. Usually, these killers strike for profit, but like most assassins these individuals also strike for personal sake.
Whether it’s fighting with their hands or using a blade of some sort or a firearm, these assassins are some of the deadliest and most tactically proficient characters in all of comics. Comic fans often say that Batman is the most powerful, non-superpowered figure, but all of these assassins have made him sweat or bleed over the years in the pages of DC Comics. In addition to these individual killers, there are also secret organizations like the League of Assassins that work to help figures like Ra’s al Ghul commit their ancient plans. In short, the DC Universe is full of assassins and they have no problem taking what they want.
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