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Matt McGloin

WB Panic Button Rumored Following Batman Vs. Superman


Following the slew of rumors suggesting adjustments are going to be made, and that quite possibly Zack Snyder may lose control of the Justice League universe, now a new batch of rumors hits the net.

This time Variety says Warner Bros. is "close to hitting the panic button in Burbank this week."

It's noted:

• On Batman vs. Superman's 13th day of release, the movie is performing less than Ant-Man, Man of Steel, or even Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman (I recently went over how BvS is peforming 40% lower than MoS in the past four days).

• "Hitting the magic $1 billion figure in worldwide grosses seems to be out of reach."

• It's been said due to Batman Vs. Superman's poor performace, WB will now be doing less original movies and instead focus on the big tentpoles (DC movies, Harry Potter spinoffs, LEGO).

Batman vs. Superman is said to have become a "corporate vision."

• Mandates were put forth to lay the Justice League groundwork (hence "Dawn of Justice").

• Christopher Nolan stalled the DC Universe by making his Batman not set in an extended universe (The Dark Knight came out the same time as Marvel's Iron Man, 2008).

• What's clearly missing is vision, with it noted WB lacks a Marvel's Kevin Feige.

• Geoff Johns is already stetched out too thin to have the "Feige role" for DC movies.

• Zack Snyder has been making the bulk of creative decisions.

• Production executive Jon Berg and and Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes are said to be "taking more of a hands-on approach now, paying closer attention to overarching story concerns."

• It's again said WB wasn't expecting such negative critical reviews.

Batman vs. Superman is said to have always been a "transitional film, bridging the gap between Man of Steel (which was produced with no plan in place to expand the universe) and anything approaching the Avengers/Super Friends mold."

• It seems WB is still sitcking with Snyder as it's said: "Justice League will be a crowd-pleaser more suited to Snyder’s talents, and that the upcoming two-part event is 'extremely kinetic and visual.' It will be far more straightforward than existential in its handling of superheroes."

• It's further suggested the "bounce-back will be considerable" when Justice League premiers November 17, 2017.

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is directed by Zack Snyder starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves.


Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.