It's no secret that Justice League wasn't the commercial or critical success the DC Extended Universe needed, grossing just $655 million worldwide and dividing fans, a new report contends Warner Bros. knew the film would stumble long before its release.
Citing an unnamed studio "insider," Revenge of the Fans contends executives "expected" the ensemble film to under-perform, albeit not as badly as it actually did. They purportedly reasoned Justice League arrived with baggage, as it was not only a direct follow-up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it also carried the name of Zack Snyder, who has "never been someone that the mainstream has embraced."
The website also points out that Warner Bros. never advertised the involvement of The Avengers director Joss Whedon, who stepped in the wake of Snyder's family tragedy. The name "Justice League" alone was going to bring in money for Warner Bros., but the film was released with some strange plot holes and sub-par CGI. The studio reportedly knew all of those issues existed, but it had already invested so much money into the project that executives simply wanted to release the film and move on.
Even before the premiere of Justice League, DC Entertainment had signaled a new approach to a cinematic universe, perhaps drawing lessons from the success of Wonder Woman, which wasn't closely tied to the other films. Then, the month after, Warner Bros. teased what appeared to be a revised DC movie slate, suggesting a change in its larger plans.
Arriving Feb. 13 on digital HD and March 13 on Blu-ray and DVD, Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.