Justice League Will Begin Filming In April


If Warner Bros. has any doubts about the success of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or the overall plans for the DC Extended Universe, it’s certainly not showing them. In fact it’s pressing ahead with the most exciting new yet for fans who want to see the World’s Greatest Superheroes together on the big screen, with the Justice League film set to begin shooting in just a few weeks.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, which got the exclusive scoop earlier today, Justice League will begin filming on April 11. This will be Part 1 of a two-part saga, though the installments will not shoot back to back, as Part 2 isn’t hitting theaters until 2019.

Zack Snyder, who was at the helm for Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, will direct Justice League as well, cementing his place as the closest thing that Warner Bros. has to a guiding voice for the DCEU. He’s no stranger to epic superhero fare, having also brought Watchmen to theaters in 2009.

Snyder told EW that it wasn’t a simple task getting all of DC’s heroes into position to appear together in film, and that he could understand why there might have been some frustration that it took this long — perhaps referring to the number of times it looked like there might be a Justice League movie prior to this.

"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.’"

This news should also put to rest a growing tide of rumors that Warner Bros. was somehow nervous about how Batman v Superman would perform. The big contributor there was a report from Drew McWeeny of HitFix, who suggested that the studio might even delay Justice Leaguein favor of a Ben Affleck solo Batman reboot.

That movie is almost certainly still coming if audience reception to Affleck’s Batman is positive, but that’s a story for another time. For now, people who always wanted to see DC’s big guns together can rest secure that they’ll get to see them first on March 25 in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then again on November 17, 2017 in Justice League — Part 1.