DC Comics is not messing around. Hot on the heels of Man of Steel and the Batman franchise, DC and its parent company Warner Bros. is going to come out with Batman vs. Superman, followed up by Justice League.
In an exclusive story by the Wall Street Journal, it’s revealed that the new film will be directed by Zack Snyder. Henry Cavill from Man of Steel will return as Superman with Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader. Gal Gadot, a relatively unknown actor will play the part of Wonder Woman. Batman Vs. Superman is the intended sequel of Man of Steel and will take place in the same universe, unifying the realities of both characters. In Batman’s case, it’s more of a reboot as Christopher Nolan put a cap on the recently finished Batman trilogy.
Justice League is expected to start shooting before the end of June, but is unlikely to be released until 2018. The full cast of characters isn’t known yet, but the role of Cyborg, a cybernetic superhero has been filled already. Aquaman, the Flash and Green Lantern may be coming in soon.
The Wall Street Journal speculates that the big push for DC superhero films is a result of Warner and DC’s interest in catching up to the Disney/Marvel tag team which has been releasing hit after hit of superhero films. So far the results have been mixed. It wasn’t until Christopher Nolan hit the golden nail with the Batman films that Warner and DC were able to start making superhero blockbusters. Man of Steel followed the basic formula of realism with a dash of fantasy and it looks like they may try it again with Justice League.
Warner and DC aren’t going to stop with just Justice League. According to Toby Emmerich, president of New Line Cinema (owned by Warner Bros.) there are plans for films of Shazam, Metal Men, 100 Bullets and Fables, a more recent but very popular title out of DC. There also seems to be some interest in a Wonder Woman project, but there are no current plans.
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