In case there were any doubts that Warner Bros. was introducing more heroes in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel to get the world ready for a Justice League movie, those officially got put to rest on Sunday.
Warner Bros. production president Greg Silverman told the Wall Street Journal that Justice League is on the way in 2018, and will be directed by Zack Snyder. It sounds like Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) are all expected to participate.
Snyder seems to have Warner’s trust after helming Watchmen and Man of Steel. It’ll be interesting to see if the director has plans on introducing other heroes into the mix, as four (the DC “Trinity” and Cyborg, who has recently been cast) doesn’t seem like enough. In the comics, the Justice League has historically had seven founding members, and if the movie incarnation sticks with the original New 52 lineup (and there’s no guarantee that it will), we still need Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman.
Other interesting tidbits from the interview:
- As was originally rumored, the Man of Steel sequel might be back to being called Batman vs. Superman. Or is it Superman vs. Batman? The article contradicts itself, which is a problem, as Warner would have to decide which of its icons gets top billing. The guess here is that they eventually decide against this.
- A Wonder Woman solo flick is at least being considered, though with the caveat that “with the right script, that could be viable.” Yes, that can be said about any super hero movie.
Comic book fans will have already seen a second Avengers movie and more Marvel solo films by the time 2018 rolls around, so Warner will have even more catching up to do than it already appears. If Justice League is done right, though, none of that will matter.
We’ve got about four years to cross our fingers.
(via Entertainment Weekly)