The news just never seems to be good for Warner Bros. and D.C. Comics’ troubled Justice League film. The earnings are in from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and the superhero film falls to second place behind Disney-Pixar’s Coco. Coco was always going to do well over the holiday weekend as a Pixar really fails to connect with audiences. The DC Extended Universe, however, finally hit the wall.
To date, Wonder Woman stands as the only DC Comics film to receive both critical acclaim and box office success. Various other DCEU projects that did well at the box office received horrible critical reviews. Batman v. Superman, in particular, was vilified by fans and critics alike. Considering the team-up project served as the setup for Justice League, no one should be shocked that Justice League underperformed.
A glimmer of financial hope did light up at Warner Bros. when it was assumed the strong success of Thor: Ragnorak drew some of Justice League’s audiences away. While the feature earned less than $100 million at the box office, beliefs existed that the DC Comics film would do quite well in week two. Those who chose to see Thor during Justice League’s debut were believed to be headed back to theaters to check out the adventures of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the others. This never happened. Justice League’s legs currently trend downward.
Coco was able to add another blow to the finances and reputation of the DC Comics Extended Universe. Where the franchise goes from here is anyone’s guess. Would Warner Bros. continue with Flash, Cyborg and Green Lantern projects in the aftermath of Justice League’s failure? Maybe the answer will be revealed when Aquaman debuts in theaters. Time shall reveal whether Aquaman can escape the shadow of previous DCEU disasters.