Does the world need the Justice League? The citizens of the fictional dimension where the Justice League actually exist need the heroes but does our world need the League to make an appearance on the big screen? Ever since the success of the Avengers film, comic fans have gotten hopes up for DC’s ultimate team to make a splash in Hollywood. Perhaps we are close to seeing a Justice League movie, perhaps we will never see DC’s finest on the big screen together.
Although Marvel Studios has seen success with most of its projects, the DC film adaptations have often failed to draw attention. When the Green Lantern movie flopped, in spite of the popularity of star Ryan Reynolds, fans began to lose faith in seeing a Justice League film. With the exception of Man of Steel and the now defunct Dark Knight franchise, we have yet to see a successful DC comics film. Without the numbers to show that a Justice League movie would make more than it would cost, the outlook is dim.
In recent years, DC has taken to television as a main form of adapting its comics to a live-action platform. Arrow has seen great success and a Flash television series is set to premier soon. Also in the works is a series about Gotham City before Batman came to be. There is some belief that these shows will eventually provide the platform DC needs to showcase its finest team.
The next film in the DC franchise is a Superman vs Batman adaptation. While the success of Man of Steel cannot be denied, most fans feel the fate of DC’s movie franchise is at stake. If the movie fails, the world may not see any more DC movies for a long time. If the movie is a success, there may be hope to see more of DC’s finest, including the League. One cannot help but be nervous when the fate of DC’s films lays in the hands of Ben Affleck.
As fans continue to speculate the future of DC films, we are all left to wonder what will happen next. As a life-long fan of the Justice League, seeing a film adaptation would be great. With the success of Marvel’s films we can only hope that DC will also garner the love of the mainstream public. While talks have been circulating for years, there is no guarantee of there ever being a Justice League film. As Marvel continues to dominate the comic to film adaptation scene, DC may have missed to many chances.