Justice League Cinemaverse finally here?
If you liked Man of Steel. If you are chomping at the bit, waiting for Batman vs Superman. Then you must be absolutely giddy, you DC fanboy/girl, upon hearing that Zach Snyder will once more be creating a major DC motion picture, solidifying the creation of the DC Cinematic Universe: the Justice League. Confirmed by Greg Silverman in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the movie is slated to hit theaters sometime in 2018.
We’ve been seeing rumors about casting for Snyder’s Man of Steel Sequel for months now, including Gad Gadot who has been confirmed as Wonder Woman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. With the cast filling out much farther than the working title would suggest, fans have been wondering, “Is this going to be a Justice League movie?” While the answer is no, it is not exactly a disappointment with not only a confirmed Justice League now following Snyder’s next film, but a confirmation for a possible Wonder Woman movie as well. WB’s president of world wide marketing had this to say about the female protagonist;
“That is our hope (for Wonder Woman to be well received). With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her.”
That said about Wonder Woman, would the same be possible for other heavy hitters and fan favorites from the Justice League? Silverman wouldn’t mention how they intended to handle characters that are staples of the Justice League mythos, like Green Lantern, which failed in mid 2011. That doesn’t mean the greater DC universe won’t be expanding outside of Snyder’s grasp.
The Journal also uncovered that the DC comics movies had even more coming out under their banner; nine to be exact. Four of them are currently in development; the Metal Men, Shazam, 100 Bullets, and Fables. For those of you familiar with stories such as Fables and 100 Bullets you might join me in a moment of confounded contemplation as I wonder how they expect to roll those stories into a Justice League universe, but I digress. A fifth title, the Sandman, based off of Neil Gaimans flagship series and produced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, is also currently being worked on. With the possibility of the Wonder Woman taking on a solo feature film, that leave three mysterious DC comic movies nebulously floating around the Warner Brothers studios.
This tactic, arguably opposite of Marvel’s strategy of releasing solo movies first, which then lead to ensemble movies, the Snyder trilogy of DC titles will feature the characters in their full glory and see them in their own tales later down the line. An aggressive plan for a cinematic universe seems like the next logical step for WB, following their success with shows like Smallville and Arrow, and the four new television shows being developed as we speak: Flash, iZombie, Gotham, and Constantine. Factor into that the success of their straight-to-DVD animated features suck as the Dark Knight Returns and Under the Red Hood, and the tremendous success of the Arkham series of Batman video games and it feels more and more like Warner Brothers was building a strong foundation before going for the cinematic gold.
How do you feel about Justice League line of movies? What do you think the other three movies are most likely to be? Let’s hear you sound off in the comments section!