The Wall Street Journal’s website ran a piece today that confirms what everyone kinda already knew, the upcoming Man of Steel sequel will serves as a bridge to a Justice League movie. The ultimate superhero teamup movie was confirmed by Greg Silverman, President of worldwide production for Warner Brothers. “It will be a further expansion of this universe,” said Mr. Silverman. “’Superman vs Batman’ will lead into ‘Justice League.’”
What is sure to not make fans happy is the like Man of Steel and the tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman film, which starts production next month, Zack Snyder will direct the Justice League film.
It would seem likely that a Justice League film would shoot consecutively with the next Superman movie. Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot will star in the sequel as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, respectively. It has also just been announced that they will be joined by relative newcomer Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, another member of the Justice League.
Of course, there is no script yet, and no world on which other Leaguers will be included. In DC’s current “New 52” continuity, the League was founded by the 4 heroes already cast, along with Flash, Aquaman and Green Lantern. Flash is being developed as TV series, spinning off from the successful Arrow on the CW. It is not clear if the series goes in to production if Warner Brothers would bring Grant Gustin in to continue in the role, (and in one fell swoop unifying their TV and Film continuities.) Aquaman has become a popular character with comic book readers of late but I am not certain his reputation with the general public as “the guy who swims and talks to fish” will warrant inclusion in the film. Green Lantern’s movie famous flopped in 2011, which may also make the character radioactive, but luckily there have been several characters to wield the emerald ring of power. Jon Stewart would be an obvious choice. Other possible Leaguers could include Hawkgirl, Black Canary and Shazam.
Of course all of this is still a long way off, and most likely not reach theatres before 2018, by which time Disney should have their Marvel cinematic universe through it’s third wave of films, including Ant-Man(?!) and the Avengers sequel. It could be argued that Warner Brothers attempting to play catch up with their rivals, without putting in the ground work. But Warner Brothers has an advantage, the DC characters are much more well know to the general public then their Marvel counters before their movies came out. It is still a risky move, since a script is not in place.