DC Allegedly Knew ‘Justice League’ Was Bad and Would Bomb, Released it Anyway

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brian-mcgee - February 2, 2018

Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the absolute mess that was Justice League, there's lots of blame being thrown around about who's the culprit. The answer is, it's kinda everyone's fault. Honestly, the closest thing there is to an innocent party in this whole mess is probably Zack Snyder, who had to step aside for reasons out of his control, and saw his vision sort of half maintained and half butchered beyond all recognition.

It's no surprise, then, that there's a new conspiracy at work, and it's basically this. DC and Warner Brothers knew they had a dud on their hands, knew it was going to bomb in its present state, and decided to release it anyway. In a mind-blowingly complex new piece, Revenge of the Fans exposes the "lowest point" for DC since 1997's Batman & Robin. And it's true, as for the first time since then, DC couldn't rely on the "people will watch anything that's marketed well" mantra that had kept them afloat for years. 

So why knowingly release an inferior product? Why not just shelve it until Snyder could come in and finish it? I doubt anyone would care if we went a year without a DC movie, so long as it meant they didn't have to accept a half-assed one where Superman looks like the Annoying Orange. Stop trying to "give the fans what they want" DC. That sort of thinking has only ever doomed a franchise. 

This is the problem inherent in planning out movies so far in advance. Life gets in the way. Sometimes there are tragic deaths in the families of directors. Sometimes our lead actor has to keep his mustache for another movie. Extenuating circumstances are a part of life, and studios like DC that are behind the 8-ball need to stop overcompensating for that by rushing out as much as they can as quickly as possible. Just ask Universal about their "Dark Universe." Better yet, don't. It's a sore subject for them.

I encourage you to go read the full exposé, though take it all with a grain of salt as it's obviously got a lot of people speaking anonymously and off-the-record. But don't forget that such freedom often allows people to tell the truth. Tell them poorly accented Will Smith...

Also, as an fyi, we'll be doing this flick in Movie Therapy once it hits blu-ray. I want to make sure people have had a chance to see it as clearly not everyone saw it in the theater.