While we wait to see how Justice League performs at the box office this weekend, Warner Bros. is worried that the DC film won't perform as well as Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok. According to an insider, they feel it will be an embarrassment if their A-list DC characters can't outperform a Marvel B-list character like Thor. The insider told THR:
"If a B character from Marvel shut downs and outperforms the A team from DC, that’s an embarrassment. It’s going to be a stressful weekend for some [Warners] execs."
I can totally see where they are coming from, but they have to remember that they knocked it out of the park with Wonder Woman, so they still have that going for them! Justice League was already deep in development by the time Wonder Woman was released, and they obviously tried to make the film better before releasing it.
One thing that these executives at any studio need to understand is that it's not about A-list or B-list characters. It's about the story that's built around those characters and if they give us a great film that tells a great story no matter what characters are involved, the fans will come and support them! They will make the big money! I think Wonder Woman was a big eye-opener for them in this respect. The report goes on to say:
On the Warners/DC side, the mood is about as jovial as a party thrown by the Joker. While Ragnarok is just the latest in a string of film hits for the Kevin Feige-led Marvel Studios, Warner Bros. is desperately hoping to continue the momentum from its first big success, this summer’s Wonder Woman ($821 million worldwide).
Justice League obviously didn't turn out as well as they would have hoped, otherwise, they would have a much better attitude toward it, and as you can see, they aren't very confident in it. According to inside sources, the studio has higher hopes in James Wan's Aquaman, which comes out next year.
There's been a long rivalry between DC and Marvel, especially with the fans. The thing is, no matter what happens with Justice League, Warner Bros. and DC are going to be fine. Yeah, the movie may not do as well as they hoped, but in the long run, things will be ok. They got it right with Wonder Woman, and with their new plan in place for future DC films, there's a good chance that everything that's released after Justice League will be better.
We know that they can make great DC films, Justice League just got caught in the middle of a transition they were trying to make in how they wanted to approach their films.
Do you think Warner Bros. should be embarrassed if Justice League doesn't perform as well as Thor: Ragnarok?