The Avengers success had to do with a few factors. One, of course, was the name, and the other had to do with the amount of hype that was built up over the course of several years. Every film that was tied into the mythos of The Avengers was part of a bigger narrative that kept audiences enthralled.
Warner Brothers is looking to do the same thing in conjunction with their Justice League project, which is set to come out further down the road in the year 2015. The company is looking to start not only films with characters such as Wonder Woman and The Flash, but video games as well as other forms of media will help give the audience license awareness.
DC is already on their way to giving Justice League characters a bigger name. The video game Lego Batman 2: DC Superheros has been the first step, along with Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham City. Arkham City (or the Arkham series) is getting a prequel (of sorts) that will take place in the 1950s and will be when Batman first encounters the Joker. In the canon of the Justice League, Superman met up with Batman and others around this time and formed the Justice League.
This new game by Rocksteady is set to come arrive in 2014.
Here are some other projects that will be tied into the Justice League name:
- Warner is looking to make a Lego film called, Lego: Piece of Resistance and it will have both Batman and Superman fighting crime.
- Warner is set to release another one of their usually great direct-to-home animated films called, Justice League: Doom.
- Cartoon Network will be airing two new DC inspired animated shows called Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
- The television station, CW, will be airing Arrow which is all about The Green Arrow, or that Robin Hood looking dude.
- DC Comics will be making a new series of Justice League comics. This is not a surprise, if you know anything about the comic industry.
As of right now, we do not know the dates of the tie-in films (The Flash, Wonder Woman). It looks like it will be several months before we know what is going on with any of those.
A few things bother me about the upcoming Justice League tie-in films. Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green, two of the guys who wrote The Green Lantern script, will be writing the script for The Flash, and that will be directed by Greg Berlanti. Another Green Lantern scribe will be penning the Wonder Woman script, his name is Michael Goldenberg. WHY ARE WE HIRING THESE GUYS? Ahem. Anyway, this is news that does not get me excited for the next wave of superhero films because The Green Lantern was fumbled, yet Warner is re-hiring these butchers. Am I wrong to be worried?
As it has already been stated, Christopher Nolan, the director of the recent, amazing Batman films, will have nothing to do with The Justice League. He feels that he is done telling his take on the Batman universe and will move on to other things. He is helping out on Zach Snyder's, Superman: Man of Steel, but that is as far as he is going down that well.
So, do you think that Warner's pushing of the Justice League name into several outlets will help the Justice League movie in 2015?