With an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Warner Bros. president of worldwide production, Greg Silverman, confirms that a Justice League movie is in the works: “It will be a further expansion of this universe. Superman vs. Batman will lead into ‘Justice League.'” Let me be the millionth person to say, this is the least surprising announcement in the history of comic book cinema: Stan Lee’s cameos are more surprising than this piece of information. And to be honest, while I am excited about the eventual ‘Justice League’ product, I have not been a fan of DC’s projected timeline; yes, the general public knew that the release of The Avengers would put the development of DC’s counterpart in overdrive, but it still feels rushed. This feeling is exemplified when looking at Warner Brothers’ previously failings with Green Lantern: or depending on who you ask, even Man of Steel.
But again, Silverman has stated that a Justice League movie is not going to be released until well after 2018. Yet, Marvel has had several years to establish their Cinematic Universe; meanwhile, DC has to rush the final product in order to play catch-up. And though setting up Batman and Superman is the most important part of DC’s future, the establishment of secondary characters (or in some cases main characters) is getting forced into their movies in order to meet this projected timeline: Cyborg and Wonder Woman are being forced into Batman vs. Superman, instead of getting their own movie vise vie Thor. And the Norse God was a huge gamble that paid off for Marvel, but the company was able to take that chance because they were first and ‘had room for error.’ As time continues to pass, DC is put into a bad situation in which they have to rush their product: while also, having zero room for error. But at the least, Warner executives are thinking about a Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot: Sue Kroll stated, “That is our hope. With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her.”
With all that aside, DC has also confirmed the previously rumored fact that Zack Snyder will direct the Justice League adaptation: though Snyder was always heavily rumored to be at the helm, speculation has arisen that Affleck would take over control of the franchise. I always assumed Snyder was coming back; he has showed DC that he could make a visually stunning product, even if many believe that Man of Steel‘s story fell flat. Snyder has always made visually compelling films; yes, his filmography is marred by Sucker Punch, but before that he mastered visual storytelling with 300, Dawn of the Dead and the underrated Watchmen. Now, do I think Snyder will direct all of the future DC movies? No, I do think Affleck will get a crack at directing because why else would they bring the Oscar winning director in? But for now, Snyder is the right choice for the Justice League movie: and in my opinion, Batman Vs. Superman, even with its baggage, will be a huge improvement over its predecessor.
I know that is a very optimistic statement when looking at the bigger picture; but one has to hope that Green Lantern was rock bottom, which means their movies can only improve in quality. I guess my feelings are based more in hope than faith, but either way we all will find out if DC is on the right track on May 6, 2016. This latest news is coming off of the recent casting of stage actor Ray Fisher as Cyborg and the ever-present rumors that Jason Momoa is still involved with the Man of Steel sequel as a villain. For all my thoughts on the latest comic book news, continue to read Film Class Junkies.
Cool Tidbit: Gal Gadot is the first non-American actress to play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman.