Now, we all know that the success – or otherwise – of a movie is notoriously hard to predict, and this is particularly true of DC’s Extended Universe efforts. But, sometimes, there are positive early indicators that build up our hopes, and this is now the case with Justice League. That’s because early screenings suggest that the studio is finding audience scores are of a similar level to Wonder Woman, which was a giant hit earlier in the year.
According to the Wall Street Journal, audiences that have seen the final cut of Justice League have responded to it so positively, that the studio tentatively expects the film to achieve heights of a similarly dizzying nature as the iconic Amazonian Warrior did six months ago – with its 96% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a global box office haul of $821.76 million.
Indeed, while other superheroes – such as the Guardians Of The Galaxy and Spider-Man – enjoyed slightly bigger opening weekends during the summer, Wonder Woman had the stamina to stay the course – taking the title (for the time being) of second-highest grossing film of 2017.
Fans of the DC Extended Universe will likely be cautious in their hopes for Justice League, however – especially in light of the generally divisive response to previous franchise instalments, such as Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and Suicide Squad. The level of hype that preceded both of those movies bordered on the ridiculous, and only fueled the scathing nature of the negativity that flowed from some quarters. Today’s news will certainly lift the spirits of those hoping for the best, though – and their numbers have surely increased since Wonder Woman thundered into theaters and saved the day.
So, have Warner Bros. and DC finally cracked the art of the crowd-pleasing superhero film? We’ll find out for sure when Justice League arrives on November 17th. Until then, however, feel free to leave your thoughts in the usual place.