By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 13, 2014 at 7:46PM
You might have missed it, but Dwayne Johnson kicked off the New Year teasing that he was meeting with Warner Bros. about a DC Comics project that would be in the works in 2014. Of course, this sent people digging for info and some rumors are surfacing of what it could be all about.
The guys at Latino Review are reporting that their sources tell them that Dwayne Johnson will actually be part of "Justice League," and that Warner Bros. are planning to shoot the superhero mashup back-to-back with "Batman Vs. Superman," while eyeing a 2016 release. Apparently, this decision is being made to maximize the time the studio will have with the ensemble, so they don't waste a moment in ensuring a followup to their big comic movie. Latino Review also claim "Batman Vs. Superman" will end with a giant cliffhanger, that will be resolved by the team up flick.
On the one hand, it makes sense, from a practical point of view, but there are some questions. Firstly, it would presume that David S. Goyer has managed to knock out both "Batman Vs. Superman" and "Justice League" scripts that are good to go. It would see Warner Bros. accelerating their schedule and leaping over a planned "The Flash" movie for 2016, which was supposed to be followed by "Justice League" in 2017. Also, it would presume that a director other than Zack Snyder is being lined up (unless he's a superhuman and manages to juggle both movies at the same time).
Moreover, what about Ben Affleck's "Live By Night"? The actor/director is slated to start directing the Prohibition drama in September for WB for a Christmas 2015 release, likely taking up the bulk of his schedule. (He will also have to do promo rounds for David Fincher's "Gone Girl" which opens in October). Would WB be able to knock out two blockbuster shoots before September? Would they ask their golden boy to postpone his plans for what is sure to be an Oscar contending flick?
Something here doesn't compute, though could we see Dwayne Johnson cameo-ing in "Batman Vs. Superman" as a Justice League character? Sure. Anyway, something to think about as WB gets ready to rumble in the multiplex battle for comic book fans. Thoughts? Share 'em below.