Regardless of the success of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Warner Bros will proceed with their DC Cinematic Universe as planned. As such, they have announced that they will begin filming Justice League Part I in April in England and Iceland. Making these sorts of announcements isn’t entirely new, it’s almost commonplace. Zack Snyder will return to directing the DC Comics ensemble film, which has yet to reveal why the heroes must unite.
However, the timing of the announcement comes into question, as rumors that test audiences aren’t responding to the film as well to Dawn of Justice as WB would have hoped. More on the story below.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news earlier today. They’ve confirmed that Justice League Part I will start shooting on April 11th. Shooting locations include Warner Bros.’ Leavesden studios in southeast England, London, and parts of Iceland. Most of these two-part films have been shot back-to-back, but as the EW report says, Justice League Part I and Justice League Part II will be shot separately. There is no word yet on if Snyder will direct both films.
Here’s what Snyder had to say about the announcement:
“It was a little bit of an ‘about time’ moment, and I don’t blame [the studio] for feeling that way, because it’s a long time coming,” he said. “But I do feel like it’s a little bit of a creative hurdle. It seems like an easy thing to do at first glance, the idea that, ‘Oh, we just get the rest of the superheroes in there.’ But you have to [establish] a world where they can exist.”
That first part of the statement could be because execs were unhappy with the results of the test audience that were able to screen the film last month. Devin Faraci, of Birth Death Movies, said he heard that WB had mixed feelings about the film
There was even speculation that if Dawn of Justice did not perform up to expectations that Snyder would not be directing Justice League Part I, and that Part II would have been delayed.
A notion that was also supported by Drew McWeeny of Hitfix.
“Warner is a little bit worried. This movie is starting to scare them, and it’s scaring them because they are showing it to people now, and people are laying eyes on the film, and the response has not been exactly what they wanted. My guess is what’s going to happen is, Justice League is going to get moved back and that Ben Affleck Batman movie, that’s going to what moves in that spot.”
So what’s with the announcement then? Well, maybe all those rumors of an unhappy test audience were just an over-exaggeration. No film is perfect. But I guess we will have to judge for ourselves when WB releases Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice into theaters on March 25, 2015