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Zack Snyder To Direct 'Justice League' For Warner Bros, 'Batman Vs. Superman' Will Lead Into Super Sequel

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by Kevin Jagernauth
April 27, 2014 9:36 PM
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We always knew that Warner Bros. were planning "Justice League," but nothing was concrete. Last summer there were rumors that "The Flash" would drop in 2016, followed by "Justice League" a year later, but with "Batman Vs. Superman" now taking the '16 slot, that doesn't seem likely (not to mention that whispers of a movie around "The Flash' seem to have quieted). But today, WB has pulled the curtain back (somewhat) on their plans.

The Wall Street Journal reports that WB has made it official that "Justice League" is happening, though there are a few caveats. Firstly, the script is still being worked on, and secondly, the movie isn't expected to arrive until at least 2018 (get ready for four years of rumors, oy). But the big deal is that Zack Snyder has been tapped to direct the movie, which makes sense considering (what everyone has long suspected) that "Batman Vs. Superman" will establish the team-up movie.

“It will be a further expansion of this universe,” said Greg Silverman, president of worldwide production for WB. “’Superman vs Batman’ will lead into ‘Justice League.’”

But with at least a two-year gap between "Batman Vs. Superman" and "Justice League" (and maybe longer), one wonders if we'll get that "The Flash" movie, or perhaps the brewing DC comics project being built around Dwayne Johnson in between pictures. But we'll have to be patient. WB is staying mum on which characters will join Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in "Justice League," and they have more than a few options to play with. But with Snyder at the helm, it looks like the studio is eager to maintain the tone he's established with "Man Of Steel" throughout the franchise.

Update: Films shooting back to back and "Justice League" coming out in 2017, just one year after "Batman Vs. Superman"? Yep, says a THR writer (Latino Review evidently called it first). Damn.

Thoughts? You know where to leave 'em. "Batman Vs. Superman" hits on May 6, 2016.

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15 Comments

  • PEJAY Films | May 7, 2014 1:25 AMReply

    Film and film-makers in general have DESCENDED to new depths. After Zach Snyder completely ignored the Superman myth and created his own misguided take on the superhero, we, the audience, are now expected to be interested in Supe vs The Bat??!!Snyder took away Superman's 'heart' and replaced it with illogical and inappropriate CGI and needless violence. Where are Richard Donner and the great Christopher Reeve when you need them?

  • Rob | April 28, 2014 8:51 AMReply

    It's sad day for cinema and an even sadder day for DC Comics, the Joan Rivers of comic book movies.

  • John v | April 28, 2014 7:11 AMReply

    Some of us like these movies and they hold they same weight or even more than "the greats" and "classics" you talk about,.. And come on, it's like 6 superhero movies a year. Seriously, if you don't like the films don't look at news stories containing them or don't go see them, it's that easy,

  • The Jew From New Jersey | April 28, 2014 6:28 AMReply

    Let's face it: Hollywood is mainly making films for geeks and fanboys.

  • Mark | April 28, 2014 9:26 AM

    Just a shame they're not making good films for geeks and fanboys.

  • LA2000 | April 28, 2014 1:45 AMReply

    Uggh.

    These (mostly Superhero) franchise pictures are turning into a Vietnam for a whole generation of promising film directors. It's nothing more than a career meatgrinder that takes a young, interesting voice and, a decade and multiple back to back sequels later, spits out a withered prostitute with an exceptional bank balance but without a single picture of note on their resume.

    JJ Abrams, Zack Snyder, Marc Webb, Matt Reeves: one wonders about the pictures that might have been if they'd just had the courage to do only one tentpole extravaganza and then move on with their careers.

  • Kevin | April 28, 2014 9:08 AM

    Zack Snyder did have the courage to make "Sucker Punch." And it was awful. Dude know which side of the bread is buttered.

  • P. Schrader | April 28, 2014 6:35 AM

    Bill Friedkin: I couldn't have said it better myself, my friend.

  • billy wilder | April 28, 2014 6:10 AM

    Would love if that were actually Friedkin. LA2000: point well taken, but indeed, those four you mention weren't exactly poised to push the envelope of the medium. There's a reason they're doing franchise sequel upon sequel. Visionary filmmakers will find ways to make great films, bottom line. If directors aren't doing that, it's probably not because they "won't," but because they have nothing to offer...

  • Christian | April 28, 2014 3:50 AM

    You really have to admire guys like Chris Nolan who made The Prestige and Inception between the Dark Knight films. And Christian "one of the greatest actors of his generation" Bale, my gosh: The New World, Rescue Dawn, Harsh Times, 3:10 to Yuma, I'm Not There, The Fighter (Oscar win), Knight of Cups, etc (only Terminator Salvation is Bale's truly unimpressive career move because it was simply bad on paper). Compare Bale's creative output with boring sellouts like Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Depp, Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, etc. These blockbusters not only eat up new directors, but they also turn exciting actors into 'brands' and kill them creatively. David Cronenberg once talked about how the pre-defined blockbuster discourse makes it impossible to stretch the dialogue, filming style artistically. Prediction: the next filmmaker to be eaten alive by Hollywood studio franchise hell: Duncan Jones (Warcraft; who seriously asked for this film?) Thank God that Nicolas Winding Refn bailed on Logan's Run.

  • jz | April 28, 2014 3:23 AM

    Well said. You could also add Peter Jackson to that list. He could've made a lot of interesting films during the ten years of The Hobbit. Although Lovely Bones is a good reminder that maybe he's better off adapting Tolkien.

  • JJ | April 28, 2014 3:12 AM

    My thoughts exactly. It's such a shame...

  • Joe | April 28, 2014 12:23 AMReply

    So I'm guessing those "Wonder Woman" solo movie rumors were all BS.

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | April 27, 2014 11:52 PMReply

    No doubt any plans for a Flash film have been scrapped (for the immediate future, at least) due to the fact that the CW series based on the character is hoping to get the greenlight to a full series.

    I'm beginning to think that the team of Berlanti/Guggenheim just dropped the ball on Green Lantern as a fluke or something since Arrow has gradually shaped into something that doesn't suck. With any luck they'll see similar success with their Flash series (assuming numbers for the pilot merit a full series) and eventually at some point we'll get the film treatments for the exploits of Barry Allen and Olliver Queen regardless of whether such films come after the Justice League film or not.

  • Vanessa Redgrave | April 27, 2014 9:52 PMReply

    Meanwhile, Actual Good Filmmakers Can't Catch A break

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