Just because you have a movie with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, doesn’t mean it’ll enjoy box office success. Now that Justice League has ended its domestic box office run—garnering a little over $229 million domestically—it’s official: the movie is the lowest-grossing film in the DCEU in the U.S., a dubious honor in a franchise still unable to find a worldwide audience.
The news is hugely disappointing—but not all that surprising—considering the difficult circumstances surrounding Justice League’s production. Warner Bros. apparently disliked the movie so much that director Zack Snyder was fired mid-shoot. Joss Whedon was brought on to save the project, but his influence ultimately couldn’t save the project.
Compared to Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, Justice League felt like an actual comic book film with great humor and plenty of eye-popping action sequences. But audiences simply didn’t respond positively, which is reflected by the movie’s unfortunate box office take.
In my mind, the poor reception to Justice League isn’t justified. At the very least, it should be above Suicide Squad, which is the weakest movie in the DCEU thus far. Yes, it relied too heavily on CGI, and Steppenwolf wasn’t a very good villain. But it was ultimately fun to watch.
How Justice League’s poor performance will affect future projects remains to be seen. We can all but guarantee that Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War will have no problem surpassing $229 million at the domestic box office when it releases next month.
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