In Really Distressing News, someone over at Screenrant may have coined an awful new word:
There's really not much chance that a second GL movie would cost less than the first, despite that being the common wisdom: the cost of sequels to these films inevitably rises whether the first movie was particularly successful or not. The realities of the market in the current day (as opposed, again, to 1982 for example) is that there's no reward for playing small ball.
The actual negative and marketing costs of this movie, BTW, are being somewhat exaggerated by executives from rival studios ginning up the scope of Warners' problem here. There are reasons the flick shot in New Orleans.