The next few months and years will be big for the DC Comics cinematic universe. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” bows March 25, and a follow-up, the “Justice League – Part 1,” officially begins filming in April, it was announced today.
“Justice League – Part 1” will begin filming April 11, two weeks after “Dawn of Justice” is released to theaters. “Dawn of Justice” is said to feature the first look at the assembled Justice League team, which is slated to include Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
Zack Snyder, who directed “Dawn of Justice,” will also be directing “Justice League.” The director confirmed all of the news himself in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. He also had this to say about getting the film started:
It was a little bit of an ‘about time’ moment, and I don’t blame [the studio] for feeling that way, because it’s a long time coming. But I do feel like it’s a little bit of a creative hurdle. It seems like an easy thing to do at first glance, the idea that, ‘Oh, we just get the rest of the superheroes in there.’ But you have to [establish] a world where they can exist.
Snyder is referring to the lengthy process of getting the film off the ground. A different Justice League film was cast and ready to go in 2007, with “Mad Max: Fury Road” director George Miller set to direct. Armie Hammer as Batman, D.J. Catrona as Superman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Common as Green Lantern, and Adam Brody as the Flash had all been cast before the Writers Guild strike of 2007-2008 derailed the plans for the film.
“Justice League” is set for a Nov. 17, 2017 release date, just months after “Wonder Woman,” which will be released June 23 of next year. “Justice League – Part 2” is scheduled for a 2019 release date.
In the meantime, “Suicide Squad,” featuring some famous DC baddies like the Joker and Harley Quinn, will release Aug. 5 of this year.
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