Even before Marvel Studios asserted its dominance at the box office with their shared cinematic universe, there have been rumors that DC Comics and Warner Bros. would be releasing a movie featuring the Justice League. But after a long and rocky road, it looks as if the project is back on track once again and has a director to steer the ship.
In a post that went up last night, Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz shared some juicy new information from Warner Bros. President of Worldwide Production Greg Silverman about the DC’s superhero team movie, starting with the announcement that Zack Snyder would be directing the sequel to ‘Batman Vs. Superman’, which is scheduled to begin production next month. The executive then added that the ‘Man of Steel’ sequel will “lead into” the massive team up which will be “a further expansion of this universe.” Now that Snyder has been confirmed as the director of the third film in DC’s cinematic universe, there might be more truth to the rumor that ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ and ‘Justice League’ would be shooting back to back.
As previously mentioned, it has been quite the journey to get ‘Justice League’ to the big screen. Back in 2007, George Miller almost pulled the project together featuring Armie Hammer, D.J. Cotrona, Adam Brody, and Megan Gale as Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman. However, as the production started to go well over budget before any filming was even done, the film was shelved even as the actors prepped in Australia for the shoot. Then after ‘The Avengers’ came out in 2012, talks reignited once again when WB revealed that they had at least six DC films in development, including a script for ‘Justice League’ written by ‘Gangster Squad’ screenwriter Will Beall. But in early 2013, script problems lead to the whole thing supposedly being scrapped and reworked from square one. Now, with or without Beall’s script, many of the key members of the League cast for ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ such as Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Ray Fisher should return to reprise their roles as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg, though not likely before 2018 according to the report.
Now that it has a director, ‘Justice League’ feels a lot more real. But now the question is how the fans will react to Zack Snyder helming yet another DC Comics movie. What do you think about the filmmaker behind ‘Watchmen’ and ‘300’ tackling these super friends on the big screen? Share your thoughts in the comments below.