If you saw The Avengers and wondered to yourself, "Hey, when am I gonna see my favorite DC Comics heroes done in the same fashion?", you can stop wondering. Warner Bros. is one step ahead of you. Actually, they're a whole year ahead of you ... as Justice League is well under way.
It's natural to think that Marvel's distinguished competition—and its corporate masters—received a harsh wake-up call thanks to the monstrous success of The Avengers. But, in truth, that call came about a year ago, while Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth were still on the set in their spangly costumes.
According to Variety, that's when Warner Bros. hired Will Beall—who already landed such plum assignments as Logan's Run, Gangster Squad and a Lethal Weapon reboot—to write its Justice League movie. Warner anticipated The Avengers' hugeness and wanted to get its caboose in gear sooner rather than later. (Of course, Warner tried to make a Justice League movie once before, back in 2007, but it fell apart.)
But Beall and Warner have something of an uphill battle. Whereas Marvel was able to set the table with Captain America, Thor and the Iron Man movies, Warner has only found success with Batman—and the two men most identified with that success, Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale, are done with Bats after The Dark Knight Rises. Green Lantern was a bit of an air ball, and the 2013's Man of Steel is a big question mark.
There is an immense amount of heavy lifting that'll have to be done, in terms of preparing an audience for all those characters sharing the screen together, before Justice League can even approach The Avengers' robust performance.
The question is, will Warner Bros. take the time to do it right, or will it rush to Justice?