Following the critical and financial success of Wonder Woman last summer, movie fans were hopeful for Justice League, after a bumpy start to the DC Extended Universe.

However the superhero team up only managed 40% positive reviews and grossed just $656 million worldwide, while Avengers films have topped $1 billion.

Now claims – via insiders – that Warner Bros knew all along this would happen, but they weren’t quite prepared for how bad the results would be.

Allegedly they believed that whatever cut of Justice League the film was, it still would receive negative responses.

The outlet said: “I remember speaking to an insider in the weeks following Justice League‘s release and them saying they ‘expected this.’

Meanwhile the DCEU plugs on with Aquaman in December, followed by Shazam! and Wonder Woman 2 next year.

, before he returns for Man of Steel 2 – a film that is yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps are set for 2020.

Other DCEU films in development include Flashpoint, which is expected to feature Ben Affleck’s Batman, a Batman solo movie (that probably won’t star him), Batgirl, Nightwing, Deathstroke, Black Adam, Suicide Squad 2, Justice League Dark, Gotham City Sirens, Birds of Prey and a Harley Quinn and Joker movie.

Justice League will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on March 26, 2018.

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