Man of Steel has already made $200 million worldwide in less than a week of release, and, unsurprisingly, that looks to be a good sign for future DC Comics-based movies, including Justice League.
"It's more than just a franchise for us, it really opens up the door to do combinations of the DC Comics characters," Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article. "We can build them up like Marvel did and benefit from the history of DC."
Given the success that Marvel Studios has had in the past five years — both Avengers and Iron Man 3 made more than a billion dollars, each, worldwide — it's not surprising that Warner would make it clear that they're looking to replicate that formula.
The WSJ article quotes "knowledgeable people close to the studio" that a Man of Steel, announced to be in development before the film's release, is "expected to fast track that for release as soon as 2014," which would be an especially quick — and somewhat unprecedented — turnaround. The Justice League movie, previously reported to be in development for 2015 or later, is also mentioned briefly in the piece.
According to the article, Man of Steel's final cost ranges from an estimated $225 million to $270 million. It's $113.1 opening weekend take from Friday to Sunday broke the previous June record, held by 2010's Toy Story 3.