While the word going around about Justice League isn’t what you would call great, there are some kind words here and there if you look hard enough. Most of them are in the form of the way the characters were handled. The criticisms include what has for the most part become a DC staple: bad storytelling.
It appears DC has no plans of shutting down the in-progress individual character films no matter what Justice League does at the box office, but the future of a shared universe may depend on how much money Justice League makes. According to Variety, the film’s budget is thought to be over $250 million (though there have been some reports that point to $300 million). In order to be profitable, the film is expected to have to hit $600 million in worldwide grosses, including home platforms. This figure includes the cost to market the film, which can range anywhere from $50 million to $200 million, but it’s kind of impossible to know for sure.
While mostly panned by critics Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was still profitable, taking in $873 million worldwide on a $250 million budget. So it is very possible for a movie deemed bad to turn a profit (though this film has a lot of negative momentum). I had always hoped that DC’s shared universe would be stronger, and that one day an ultimate crossover film would happen, and we would get to see The Avengers and The Justice League on screen together, but that is pretty much out the window now.
The value of the shared universe is being able to see the characters interact with each other as they do in the comics. Stand alones can offer unique and possibly experimental stories that could also be successful. I still want both, but only time will tell.
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