The long awaited Justice League film is happening, and it’s happening sooner than most thought it would. Zack Snyder masterfully directed Man of Steel, which was my favorite Superman movie so-far. His upcoming sequel, currently under the working title Batman vs. Superman, is ramping up production, and has already been filming in various locations. Costume tests have been done, showing Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman in costume together.
And now, it’s been announced that Zack Snyder will also be directing Justice League.
With the cast coming together for Man of Steel 2, featuring Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone (aka Cyborg), as well as the rest of the supporting cast from Man of Steel returning for this one, it makes sense to keep going. In fact, they may begin filming on Justice League while filming on the Man of Steel sequel, depending on how far along the screenplay is, and if they need any of the sets for that film as well. It’s also possible that they’ll just begin shooting after the Man of Steel shoot is complete. They’ll have the cast together, and in shape.
Plus, this gives DC the chance to do something they’ve not been able to do until this point: get two huge tentpole hero films out within a year of each other. Man of Steel 2 is scheduled for release on May 6, 2016.
After I learned that they might film back-to-back, I tweeted this:
@KnightGambit Potentially shooting back-to-back with MOS2. My guess? If they can do that, a 2017 release date is realistic.
— Paul Martin (@LuminousSpecter) April 28, 2014
And it wasn’t much longer, after I tweeted my estimate that Latino Review posted the release date that their sources have mentioned:
May 5, 2017
This puts Justice League a little over three years away from release. That is plenty of time to make a Justice League movie that I know I’ve wanted to see. I’ve already seen one movie that I never thought would happen, with The Avengers, and now I’m hopefully going to see the Justice League movie that I’ve always wanted to see.
I’m really excited for this.
It’s also a move in the right direction for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, as they are now working in concert with each other. According to the Wall Street Journal, [Warner Bros.] also has nine other movies based on DC comics in development. And that’s on top of the four TV series pilots they created for next season, one of which has already been given a season order from Fox: Gotham, and a spin-off of the CW series Arrow, called Flash. Plus, DC’s direct-to-DVD titles are one area that has been unrivaled by Marvel.
It’s about time that DC has given Marvel their answer. We need only wait and see if they join with Marvel in creating a cinematic universe that honors the comics and the fans that have read the comics for many years, the way they did with Man of Steel.