By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 27, 2014 at 9:36PM
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.
Yes, Zack Snyder will direct Justice League. Yes it will shoot back to back. Likely release date: 2017. Likely announcement: Comic Con.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) April 28, 2014
Thoughts? You know where to leave 'em. "Batman Vs. Superman" hits on May 6, 2016.