Despite performing well at the box office, Warner Bros. has not been entirely satisfied with their slate of DC Comics-based movies. Movies like Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn't quite match their expectations and were thrashed by critics.
With Justice League on the horizon, studio executives might be adopting a 'wait and see' approach for solo movies featuring the team's members, according to Variety reporter Justin Kroll.
While discussing the tracking and early reactions for Justice League on the Meet the Movie Press podcast with Jeff Sneider and Simon Thompson, Kroll said that Warner Bros. is waiting to move forward on movies like Flashpoint until they know how Zack Snyder's latest film is received.
"A little insider tidbit, so I've been tracking various movies in this world, director-wise, specifically Flashpoint," said Kroll. "I've heard they've slowed that search down to see how this film does because I don't know if they're giving everyone their own movie now. Aquaman is already shot."
When asked about a potential Cyborg movie not having a director, Kroll responded "Well obviously that's not happening anytime soon. Neither is Man of Steel 2."
"But I've heard that- I keep asking and they're like, let's see how this film does before we go forward on those types of movies," Kroll added.
Of course, this does not mean that Warner Bros. is not moving forward with any plans for their vast property of DC Comics characters, just that the original plan of building a Justice League-centric shared universe might see some changes.
There are already at least 17 movies in certain stages of development at Warner Bros., with Aquaman set to come out in 2018 and plans for Wonder Woman 2 and Shazam! in 2019, followed by Suicide Squad 2 at some point.
But for projects like Gotham City Sirens, the Joker origin movie, Justice League Dark, and the recently announced Deathstroke, there's no telling when those productions will actually move forward.
And after changing plans to make two Justice League films with director Zack Snyder, the future of that team of characters is even more questionable.
Warner Bros. will likely have a box office hit with Justice League, but will it match their expectations? And how will the film be perceived among fans?
We'll find out when the film opens in theaters on November 17.