Warner Brothers finally confirmed the rumors—the Justice League is coming to the big screen. Either in 2018 or summer 2017 (those details are still debatable), the film will be following the Man of Steel sequel in 2016. Greg Silverman, Warner Brothers Pictures president referred to the Man of Steel sequel as Superman Vs. Batman, so intentionally or not it seems we also have an official spoiler for the title.
The Justice League film will be directed by Zack Snyder, starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Henry Cavill as Superman. Currently, the production for Superman Vs. Batman suggests there’ll be a possible overlap in filming to accommodate dual production schedules (Cavil is probably going to awfully tired of spandex after all that).
Furthermore, rumors are buzzing that Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a The Rock, might also be a featured character in the film. On the superhero side, fans are thinking Martian Manhunter, Captain Marvel or Lobo, but as for the evil side maybe Black Adam, Brainiac or Darkseid.
It will be interesting as the film will undoubtedly be compared to the blockbuster hit The Avengers. Also some critics are worried about the fan bases for all these new actors embodying the famous characters. One fan lamented that Batman just won’t be the same as Affleck will probably show up asking where to “pahk the bat cah(r)” with a Dunkin Donuts cup.
I highly doubt Affleck’s Batman will be sporting a Bostonian accent but I understand fans worries. Accepting a new actor in a favored role is always a difficult transition. As for Wonder Woman, no fans have to worry about that just yet. Unfortunately, a solo adventure for the kick-ass superhero is only to be assumed sometime after Justice League– if Gadot’s character is a hit with audiences, that is. Pretty lame excuse not to get Wonder Woman on the big screen just yet. Warner’s choice to release two superhero team-up movies back to back seems a little rushed and many fans question if they should release some solo superhero movies in between *cough cough Wonder Woman please*.
That said, I do believe that the “Trinity” of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman ought to do said solo projects before Justice League not only to build up the actor-character fan base but to further give us something to cheer and geek out over when we see them all on screen together for the first time.
If the solo projects are in the future for Warner Bros. along with the new Flash TV show, Batman prequel Gotham and the hit series Arrow, this will be seven more superhero films in the next five years. Before you “holy-moly” at that number, just remember Warner Bros. is still far behind Marvel who has at least 14+ more films in the future.