We all knew this was coming. Batman vs. Superman is already giving us the lite-version with Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg fight alongside Superman, but now it’s official: the Justice League film is on the way, and it will be directed by Zack Snyder. Breaking the news to The Wall Street Journal, Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman revealed that Justice League will follow Batman vs. Superman.
It will be a further expansion of this universe. ‘Superman vs Batman’ will lead into ‘Justice League.’
Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot are expected to reprise their roles as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, respectively. Speaking of our famed Amazon, while there are no current plans for her own spinoff film, president of worldwide marketing Sue Kroll stated that going solo is certainly a possibility.
With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her.
Other properties from DC Comics and its Vertigo line that are being developed include Shazam, Metal Men, 100 Bullets and Fables. As for the Justice League members, the complete lineup isn’t known besides the Trinity, but if you connect the dots, you can get a good idea of who’s on the roster. Ray Fisher was recently cast as Cyborg, and Flash, Aquaman and Green Lantern have all been rumored, which likely means we’ll be getting the New 52 lineup of heroes. A moment of silence for Martian Manhunter, please.
With Justice League officially announced, the next question is when it will be released. Silverman says that the script is still in development, so it’s unlikely we’ll see it before 2018. However, el Mayimbe over at Latino Review has information that says differently. According to his source, the movie will be released on May 5, 2017, although the official announcement won’t come until Comic-Con. The Hollywood Reporter has also confirmed this date, but still take it with a grain of salt.
It’s good that Warner Bros. finally announced Justice League officially, but my main concern is Zack Snyder. Man of Steel reception was polarizing and we don’t know how Batman vs. Superman will turn out. He obviously can deliver the action in these movies, but will he be able to convincingly bring these heroes together in a meaningful way? That has yet to be determined, but if Warner Bros. wants him directing possibly the biggest superhero film of all time, they must have good reasons.
Also, for the love of God, do not have Zack Snyder direct every DC film. Part of what makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe great is the different tones of each film brought by different directors. Seriously Warner Bros., start head hunting now. Snyder may be your go-to-guy for ensembles, but I want new creative minds for Wonder Woman, the rebooted Batman and all the others.
Still, we should be glad that Justice League is officially a go. Playing catch-up with Marvel isn’t the ideal way of getting the movie out, but at least DC and Warner Bros. are finally working towards getting these famous superheroes together on the big screen. Now the DC and Marvel war really begins.
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal and Latino Review
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