Recent reports have suggested that the upcoming DC blockbuster Justice League Part One and Part Two would actually be re-named something completely different. The change is believed to be to differentiate from Marvel’s upcoming Avengers: Infinity War Part One and Part Two, as the films’ titles are believed to be too similar, as well as rather drab and uncreative.
Geoff Johns, who works as the Chief Creative Officer over at DC Comics, has now looked to clarify the situation by taking to Twitter and insisting that nothing is actually changing at all. You can check out his reaction to this speculation below:
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) June 4, 2016
Of course, while Geoff Johns’ post makes it clear that Justice League will be front and centre of any title for the film, there’s still every chance that they might elongate it with a further description. This is something that they did with Batman V Superman, which they then added Dawn Of Justice to it.
Or, maybe they won’t. Maybe they’ll just keep Justice League’s title as simple as that, hoping that the popularity of the comic book posse will be enough to entice audiences.
Over the last few days, a number of rumored titles started to circulate across the Internet, which immediately led to speculation that Warner Bros. would officially announce the correct title to quash the rumors. According to Heroic Hollywood, the Part One placeholder was speculatd to be replaced with either Justice League: Angels And Demons, Justice League: United, Justice League: Gods Among Us, or Justice League: Gods Among Men.
But the big question now is whether Justice League or Avengers: Infinity War will appeal to audiences. Both have rather similar plots, as the films both feature several superheroes teaming up together to fight a bigger enemy that they can’t tackle on their own.
However, while you could argue that DC’s collection of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg are more famous than their Marvel counterparts, especially the first three superheroes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a much stronger position than their rivals.
That’s because the likes of Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America have each had their own films to build a connection with comic book fans, while Marvel’s Kevin Feige has delicately woven other characters into the story.
Earlier this summer, Marvel’s latest release, Captain America: Civil War, helped their cinematic universe move past the $10 billion mark at the box office office, easily trumping Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice both critically and financially. In the years and months leading up to their releases, the media and moviegoers heavily speculated over which would come out on top.
— Heroic Hollywood (@heroichollywood) June 4, 2016
But when Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice was met with a very mixed response, which ultimately left it with a score of just 27 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, its box office potential ultimately deflated. Its haul of over $871 million is nothing to sniff at, but the fact that the original intention was for the film to pass the $1 billion mark proved that it was a disappointment.
In contrast, Captain America: Civil War was deemed a huge success both by critics and its box office receipts. Critics were unanimous with their praise, which helped it to score 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Meanwhile, it has so far amassed a worldwide total of $1.114 billion, meaning that it’s currently the highest grossing film of 2016.
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