The blows just keep on coming Justice League, as if Doomsday himself were pounding Warner Bros’ superhero film. On Friday, approximately a month after its theatrical release, the film was leaked on pirate websites, in full 1080p HD.
Leaks are common – in markets such as India and Russia, piracy is a problem that has yet to be effectively tackled – but to have a pristine copy of the film be made available online is rare. Recently, the Ryan Reynolds-Samuel L Jackson-starrer, The Hitman’s Bodyguard
The entire film has been uploaded in bits and pieces on YouTube.
The news would come as another in the assault of bad luck their $300 million movie has been subjected to. The film lost its director, was rushed in time for its November release, received mediocre reviews, and is projected by Forbes to lose over $50 million at the box office. To make matters worse, rival studio Marvel’s The Avengers – the film Justice League is trying to emulate – earned over $1.5 billion at the box office. Justice League is struggling to get past $700 million – more than $100 million less than the theatrical gross of the last DCEU film, Wonder Woman.
Warner Bros. announced a change in leadership post the fiasco, and star Ben Affleck has yet to confirm his return as Batman. The hardcoded subtitles suggest that the leak appears to have originated from South Korea. Cue the Sadfleck meme. While it was released months ago, we still haven’t stopped discussing and dissecting Justice League. Zack Snyder’s team up film had some majorly high stakes for the DCEU, as it was tasked with a ton of world building and character introductions, with an extremely short runtime. What resulted was a bit of a frankenstein film, which still showed improvement over Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. One of the biggest improvements was the lighter tone, including the characterization of Ben Affleck’s Batman. While his first film was full of hatred and a shocking amount of murders, Justice League’s Batman was a team leader who even cracked the occasional joke or two. Affleck recently spoke to this change in his character, saying: