[Editor’s Update: While WSJ’s report mentioned at possible 2018 release date (and that’s what Rob reported on) that was more than likely guess work, based on when the Batman vs. Superman is slated to hit. Reports are coming in now from Latino-Review and THR that Justice League will actually be hitting theaters in May 2017:
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
This would coincide perfectly with the rumors we reported on in January, which claimed Zack Snyder would be filming both movies back-to-back in order to release a year apart. It would explain all of the other superhero casting we’ve heard/seen and also helps explain the film’s big delay into 2016. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see, but since last year’s SDCC gave us the Batman vs. Superman announcement, it would make sense to hear about Justice League at this year’s.
The original report follows below.]
Zack Snyder is no stranger to super hero films. He’s already directed Watchmen and Man of Steel. He’s also been contracted to direct the nameless sequel to Man of Steel, featuring the first big-screen meeting of Superman and Batman. He’s set the stage for the DC cinematic universe, which is due to expand Marvel-style in the future. By 2018, in fact. That’s when the Justice League movie is tentatively scheduled to come out. The latest news is that the super-team film will also be directed by Snyder.
In a report in the Wall Street Journal, Warner Bros. President of Worldwide Production Greg Silverman revealed that Snyder will direct the Justice League. Silverman also adds that the script is currently being written. Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot are expected to reprise their Superman vs. Batman roles as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
Silverman says, “It will be a further expansion of this universe. Superman vs. Batman will lead into the Justice League.”
Zack Snyder has had mixed reviews as a super hero film director. Many were unsatisfied with his adaptation of Watchmen (56% on Metacritic) and his Man of Steel film was one of the most divisive movies of the year. (55% on Metacritic). Is he the man to oversee the birth of the DC universe, the way Joss Whedon is overseeing the Marvel-verse? We’ll have to wait and see how he does.
There is no official release date for the Justice League, but DC/Warner Bros. is looking at a 2018 release.