It was bound to happen eventually. We’re still over two years away from BATMAN VS SUPERMAN (unofficial title), but Warner Bros. is chomping at the bit to get to JUSTICE LEAGUE. With the MAN OF STEEL sequel, what began as a pairing of DC’s most popular superheroes has grown to include Wonder Woman and even Cyborg, although we don’t know how big their roles will be. Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman says that BATMAN VS SUPERMAN will lead into JUSTICE LEAGUE, which means that the earliest we’ll probably see the famous superhero team on screen is 2018.
Beyond Superman (Henry Cavill), Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), and Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Silverman wouldn’t specify which superheroes would appear in JUSTICE LEAGUE. For those wondering, the founding members in the comics were Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter. Since details on BATMAN VS SUPERMAN are still scarce, it’s possible some of these heroes might pop up in the upcoming sequel.
And who will be the visionary behind the Justice League movie? Director Zack Snyder.
The Wall Street Journal also reports that Zack Snyder can now look forward getting questions about two superhero movies instead of just one (although I suspect he still would have gotten “Are you directing JUSTICE LEAGUE?” on a semi-regular basis). It also means that the tone Snyder established with MAN OF STEEL will remain through both pictures.
But what about other aspects of the DC Movie Universe? Wonder Woman still hasn’t received her own movie, and according to WSJ, “Warner executives said they are warm to the idea.” Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing (always be sure to consult the marketing people), says “That is our hope. With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her.”
It doesn’t sound like WONDER WOMAN or even BATMAN will get a movie in between BATMAN VS SUPERMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE, but there’s room for another hero to squeeze into 2017. But with Marvel set on releasing at least two movies every year, I doubt Warner Bros. wants to leave a vacuum when they could keep their superhero properties rolling.
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN opens May 6, 2016.
UPDATE: Latino-Review is reporting that WB is planning on releasing JUSTICE LEAGUE on May 5, 2017, just one year after BATMAN VS SUPERMAN and on the same date Marvel Studios has carved out for an untitled project. Time will tell!