The Man Of Steel sequel tentatively titled Batman Vs. Superman isn’t due out in theaters for another two years, and will open up against Captain America 3. But Warner Bros remains undeterred by the huge success that Marvel is currently experiencing, as they have announced the next phase of their DC Comics Cinematic Universe by naming Zack Snyder as the director of Justice League.
Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman said that the studio has set plans to make a Justice League movie, and confirmed the news to The Wall Street Journal.
Ray Fisher, who was recently cast as Victor Stone/Cyborg, joins Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, who play Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, respectively, in Batman Vs. Superman, with production set to begin next month.
The Justice League script is currently in development, even though no writer has been hired to pen the script. So even though we may not know what brings some of DC’s greatest heroes together, don’t be surprised to hear of new characters being added to the film, much like how Agent Maria Hill was introduced as a new character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And although no release date has been set, WSJ suspects that Justice League could be released no later than 2018.
The Justice League has a wide variety of DC Comic characters at their disposal which includes but is not limited to Green Lantern – Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner – Aquaman, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, The Flash, Captain Marvel, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, Atom, Dr. Fate, Black Canary, Red Tornado, and much more.
Originally it was thought that the three-picture deal that Gadot had signed would include Batman Vs. Superman, Justice League, and a solo Wonder Woman-movie. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case as the report confirms that there aren’t any plans to develop a solo film. But don’t give up hope, as WB execs say “they are warm to the idea.” President Of Worldwide Marketing Sue Kroll said this:
“That is our hope. With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her.”
Not only is WB creating a DC Comics universe, the studio is also turning its attention to some of its lesser known titles from the Vertigo line of genre comics, like Shazam, Metal Men, 100 Bullets, and Fables.
This isn’t the first time that WB has tried to launch a Justice League movie. Back in 2008, Mad Max director George Miller nearly got a Justice League movie off the ground before it was killed by the Writer’s Strike that same year.