The last week saw two announcements from Warner Bros. on the DC Cinematic Universe front. The first was the casting of Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg in the Batman vs. Superman movie Thursday night followed by yesterday’s announcement that Zack Snyder will be directing the Justice League movie.
Yesterday’s announcement marked the first time that the studio confirmed their plans on bringing their premiere super-team to the big screen, when Greg Silverman, President of Worldwide Production said that the studio has set plans to make a Justice League movie.
Following Man of Steel and the sequel tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman (which begins production next month), Justice League will be directed by Zack Snyder. Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) are all expected to reprise their Batman vs. Superman roles for the Justice League movie. If the movie follows the pattern of The New 52 Justice League Ray Fisher (Cyborg) will most likely be returning for the Justice League movie as well leaving Flash, Green Lantern, and Aquaman from The New 52 Justice League yet to be cast.
“It will be a further expansion of this universe. Superman vs Batman will lead into Justice League.”
– Greg Silverman, President of Worldwide Production
The Justice League script is still in the development stage and Warner Bros. hasn’t announced a release date. The company’s recent commitment to bringing their DC properties to movie theaters shows that they gearing up to catch up to their rival Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel Studios Superhero Cinematic Universe.
Warner Bros. hasn’t had much success with their superhero movies outside of the Dark Knight Trilogy, with both Green Lantern and Jonah Hex flopping at the box office. But with the recent success of Man of Steel Warner Bros. has plans on changing that with several other DC/Vertigo movies unconnected to the Justice League in various stages of development. Silverman and Toby Emmerich, President of Warner’s New Line Cinema label say they include Shazam, Metal Men, 100 Bullets, and Fables.
When asked about their plans for a Justice League spinoff featuring Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Warner executives said they’re warm to the idea:
“That is our hope. With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her.”
– Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing
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