Justice League isn't catching any breaks. The ensemble superhero adventure, which is meant to bring together all of DC Comics' most iconic characters, was originally given a 2015 release date by Warner Bros. But then, the studio said they were waiting to see how Man of Steel fared at the box office before green lighting the project. This was followed by news that the screenplay by Will Beall (Gangster Squad) was /justice-league-script-is-terrible-warner-bros-is-looking-for-a-new-writer/terrible, and that it was being scrapped. Now comes the final blow below the belt for this anticipated project. They are going to wait for not only Man of Steel to be released, but also its potential sequels and the Untitled Batman Reboot.

Why are they waiting so long? Warner Bros. and DC Comics don't want to jeopardize their Untitled Batman Reboot, and they are afraid that if Justice League bombs, Bruce Wayne won't be invited back to the big screen for some time to come. A Man of Steel sequel won't arrive until at least 2016. That puts the Batman relaunch somewhere between 2017 and 2019. That means, if they follow their planned release strategy, Justice League won't hit screens until at least 2021.

Trusted Batman fansite Batman on Film revealed this information.

"Don't worry about the Batman [film] franchise...it's [Warner Bros.'] most valuable [DC Comics-based] asset...I believe that they are now looking at introducing [the rebooted] Batman in a solo film, though that will likely take place later than they initially had planned. They are extremely worried how a [Batman film franchise] would be affected if Justice League bombs...and rightfully so. The fact that what should be the core fanbase of a Justice League film isn't on board is making them sweat as well.

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If Superman is huge, then they've bought themselves some time and will have a franchise to hang their hat on for seven, eight years. The need for Batman won't be as great, and [the reboot] of that franchise can wait until the Superman trilogy is done."

What do you think of this latest rumor? Can you wait until 2021 to see Justice League? Will you even care by then? What do you want to see happen with the Untitled Batman Reboot? Should DC and Warner Bros. just give up?

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