It looks like the Justice League could be ready to give some heavy competition to The Avengers sequel.
At this point, it appears that Summer 2015 is the target release period for this dream film, which Warner Bros studio hopes to begin shooting as soon as next year.
With the announcement yesterday that Warner is indeed moving forward with their own answer to the big-screen dream crossover, it seems that their ambitions won't be diminished by Marvel's over $1.5 billion money-making machine. Thus, 2015 could be the year that two of the biggest titans in the history of comic book films square-off.
What will DC have up their sleeves to unseat the current champs at Marvel?
The catalyst for this announcement was Warner's victory in the lawsuit over rights brought about by the heirs of Superman creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, which would have halted any film featuring the Blue Bomber after the upcoming Man of Steel. The studio will now be free to put the critical Kryptonian into the film.
Details about whether or not upcoming Man of Steel star, Henry Cavill will don the red-on-blue for the mega-film are still far from official and will depend upon the film's success or lack thereof. (Just ask Ryan Reynolds if he's coming back as Green Lantern.)
On the other hand, the other biggie in the Justice League, Batman will not feature the grizzled-voiced, back-broken version of Christian Bale, nor will the talents of Christopher Nolan be imported, despite attempts from studio to procure him.
Now, it seems that a critical part of the film could depend on Man of Steel, which hits theaters on June 14, 2013. Should it take off financially into the stratosphere, it would mean that the recent developments will have suddenly elevated the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed film to an entirely new tier of importance. What was once just seen as yet another reboot of the Superman franchise will seemingly become the official launch of DC Comics' movieverse.
For The Avengers 2, which will kick-off summer 2015 on May 1, it could mean the resources of the worldwide hype train may end up diverted to its rival film.
Either way, we could be in for the biggest knock-down, drag-out box-office brawl in cinematic history.