– by Joseph Jammer Medina

After years (and in some case, decades) of fan anticipation, Justice League is finally hitting the big screen. This is a culmination of four films that have hit since 2012’s Man of Steel, and it follows Wonder Woman’s amazing box office and critical performance.

With Wonder Woman in all our rear view mirrors, it’s the film we’re most looking forward to, so it makes sense that many of us would gauge its success by a comparison to that film. So how is it holding up?

According to a new press release from Fandango, Justice League is outselling Wonder Woman “at the same point in the Fandango sales cycle.” This is great news for Warner Bros., as by this point in Wonder Woman’s cycle, anticipation was already pretty high, as the social media embargo had been up for some time, and full reviews had been online since Monday.

In contrast, the social media embargo was only up last week, and the actual review embargo will be lifting late tonight, compared to Wonder Woman’s Monday lift. With that in mind, it’s great to hear that sales are looking fairly solid (though to be fair, Fandango has an interest in spinning things to sell more tickets).

Of course, what will really make the difference is the overall critical reception. Wonder Woman surprised in its opening weekend, but at the end of the day, it really thrived on its long tail at the box office, which was only guaranteed by its great reception. Should Justice League repeat this success, a good word of mouth and critical response should be in the cards.

Are you looking forward to Justice League? Let us know down below!

Justice League hits theaters this Friday!

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SOURCE: Fandango (via Batman-News)

  • TheOct8pus

    Reviews are in and they’re not surprising….

    From Vanity Fair: “Whedon’s humor is grafted on in too-obvious ways; it sticks out incongruously amid all the stilted mechanics of this alarmingly basic movie. All these Whedonisms have the opposite of the intended effect. They give off a strenuous hum, the desperate sound of a turd polished in vain.”

    From Uproxx: “Justice League is weird because Whedon’s influence is sprinkled in – and it’s totally obvious where these Whedon sprinkles are. It would be like having a soup, then sprinkling the soup with basketballs. A scene will go from dreary serious, then all of a sudden switch to, “Hey, how about a joke?”

    Of all the bad villains in superhero movies, Steppenwolf is easily the worst in recent memory. He’s just a big CGI cipher for “bad guy.” He shows up, announces he’s evil, then our good guys have to fight him. With this aspect of the movie they didn’t even try, and that’s so disappointing.”

    From the Hollywood Reporter: “Fatigue, repetition and a laborious approach to exposition are the keynotes of this affair, which is also notable for how Ben Affleck, donning the bat suit for the second time, looks like he’d rather be almost anywhere else but here; his eyes and body language make it clear that he’s just not into it.”

    From EW: “When Affleck’s Bruce Wayne heads off to convince Jason Momoa’s Aquaman to enlist, he wisecracks, “I hear you talk to fish…” with a cocky, condescending grin on his mug. At that moment, Affleck looks like the highest-paid captive in a hostage video. Fortunately, there are other actors who look like they actually want to be there.

    Justice League is better than its joylessly somber dress rehearsal, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now the “but”…you knew there was a “but” coming, right? But it also marks a pretty steep comedown from the giddy highs of Wonder Woman. ”

    From the Wrap: “There are some laughs and excitement, but this is another film that looks like Axe body spray smells.”

    • capitandelespacio

      Oh, boy…

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.