OPINON: "Would It Be A Bad Thing To Push JL Into 2018?"
Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (@BATMANONFILM)
Date: September 16, 2017

Recently, there’s been a bit of scuttlebutt that Warner Bros. could possibly move JUSTICE LEAGUE from its November 17, 2017 release date to 2018. I did some digging and I found no evidence that a move to 2018 is going to happen.

Has the studio considered it? Possibly. But it seems that JUSTICE LEAGUE is staying put and will hit theaters in two months (61 days at the time of this writing) time.

The belief that a move to 2018 isn’t going to happen – especially at this time – is because it would be bad PR for a movie that’s already maligned and has had a ton of issues (rewrites, a change in director, a new composer, etc.). In fact, that’s been my answer to people when they’ve asked me if I thought a new 2018 release was possible.

However, a post by “Daniel V.” on BOF’s Facebook Fan Page got me thinking. The reader said the following…

“You are always saying that while the fans may care about and notice certain things about the production of these films, the general audiences do not and that a film's success or failure ultimately depends upon that wider audience. Doesn't the release date fall under that umbrella of things most people aren't even aware of? Don't most people just know vaguely that a Justice League movie is somewhere on the horizon?”

Great point.

Let’s be real here, OK?

JUSTICE LEAGUE isn’t on anyone’s radar – nor is it “highly anticipated” – to anyone other than diehard fans.

While the mainstream audience – which will make up well over 90% of this film’s movie-going audience – may be slightly aware of JUSTICE LEAGUE, they aren’t going to be angry if the release date was changed. Those folks who are going to see the movie are, well, going to see the movie whenever the hell it comes out. Only the diehard fans would be mad/disappointed/butt-hurt. Regardless, all of them – ALL OF THEM – are still going to see JL anyway.

We know that nearly 3 months of reshoots on JUSTICE LEAGUE just recently ended (sometime around the end of August, give or take) and that they were much more than standard pick-ups/additional photography (despite claims by some that they were nothing out of the ordinary). With the release date only 2 months away, it’s probably fair to say that Joss Whedon and co. are waist-deep in post-production and are really up against it.

Back to the question at hand: Would it be better for this film if Warner Bros. did change the release date and push it into 2018? Would the extra time for post-production lead to a better film? And as I’ve said, I don’t think it would be a “PR nightmare” as many believe (as I did previously).

Yes, it probably would be good for the film overall if the release date was a tad later than November 17, 2017. Of course, the only way for that to happen would be to change it. With that folks, we arrive at the bottom line: Will it actually happen?

Nope. It will NOT.

And it’s not because Warner Bros. fears a PR catastrophe (there wouldn't be one), but likely because they are ready to just rip the band-aid off, as opposed to pulling it off slowly. In other words, let’s get this thing here, over with and move on to the DCEU2.0.

There you have it folks, it is what it IS.

See y’all at the theater on November 17th (Or on November 18th if you attend BOF's JL Watch Party in Austin, TX). - Bill "Jett" Ramey

JUSTICE LEAGUE hits theaters on November 17, 2017. CLICK HERE for all of BOF's JUSTICE LEAGUE coverage.

A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
is the founder of BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM.

His passions are Dallas Cowboys Football,
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The University of Texas Longhorns, AND...


He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS with
his lovely wife, his youngest son,
and 1.5 Boston Terriers.

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