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Monday, April 28, 2014

JUSTICE LEAGUE Confirmed with Zack Snyder Directing


If you had any doubts that the Justice League movie was going to happen, feel free to put them away now.

Last night, The Wall Street Journal officially confirmed speculation that DC Comics' superteam Justice League will follow 2016's still-untitled Man of Steel sequel with Zack Snyder directing.  Warner Bros.' president of worldwide production Greg Silverman commented on the project, saying, "It will be a further expansion of this universe.  Superman vs. Batman will lead into Justice League."

This confirmation follows on the recent addition of Ray Fisher as Cyborg to the cast of Superman vs. Batman, which also includes Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.  Presumably, the two will also appear in Justice League, along with Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck reprising their roles as Superman and Batman.

It remains to be seen whether Aquaman, The Flash and Green Lantern will appear as well, although The Wrap suggests that Affleck's friend and collaborator Matt Damon is being sought for Aquaman.  Game of Thrones' Jason Momoa has been rumored for Aquaman as well, and is expected to appear in Superman vs. Batman...somehow.

The Justice League script is still being developed and there's no release date yet, but The Hollywood Reporter claims their sources say it will arrive in 2017.  Superman vs. Batman and Justice League will reportedly be shot back-to-back.

There are no current plans for a solo Wonder Woman movie, but Warner Bros. executives are supposed open to the idea.  "That is our hope,” said Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing.  "With the right script, that could be viable.  The world is ready for her."

Created by writer Gardner Fox and editor Julius Schwartz, the fictional superhero team made its debut in Brave and the Bold (vol.1) #28 in 1960, over three years before Marvel's The Avengers.  A previous attempt to bring Justice League to the big screen, directed by George Miller, was supposed to film in 2008, but was officially canceled by Warner Bros. executives in 2010.

The Wall Street Journal also mentions that Warner Bros. has several other DC Comics and VERTIGO properties in development.  According to Silverman and Toby Emmerich, president of Warner's New Line Cinema, those films include Shazam!, The Metal Men, 100 Bullets and Fables.

Superman vs. Batman is currently set to arrive in theaters on May 6, 2016.

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