The DC Extended Universe experienced a rocky rollout with Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, but with Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. was widely perceived as righting the ship. If early indications prove true, that trend is poised to continue this month with the release of Justice League.
In a larger feature about the development of the ensemble superhero film, The Wall Street Journal notes recent test screening of the received audience scores close to that received by Wonder Woman prior to its release. That reception seemingly stems from successful blending of the strengths of directors Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, the latter of whom stepped in to oversee production when Snyder left in the wake of his daughter’s death.
According to the article, “Aficionados likely will be able to pick out the clever, dialogue-heavy scenes shot by Mr. Whedon and the more stylish action scenes shot by Mr. Snyder, but the creative team has endeavored to meld the two.”
The Journal also notes that the final edit was the result of some trial and error, and that “early cuts didn’t achieve that goal.” That’s fairly typical, and now Justice League seems on its way to open to open domestically with more than $100 million. While that’s certainly nothing to scoff at, it could still take second place to Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, which just raked in over $121 million in its North American debut.
Justice League hits theaters on November 17 and 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, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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