The DC Cinematic Universe is getting ready to make its next big move.
After getting its foot in the door with 2013’s Man of Steel, Warner Bros. has been gearing up to compete with Disney and Marvel’s cavalcade of superhero movies with their own cinematic universe featuring DC Comics’ iconic characters. Their next step to the master plan comes this March with the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Notice the last word of that movie title as it’s the catalyst for the pièce de rèsistance of DC/Warner Bros.’ turf war against Marvel/Disney: A two-part live-action Justice League movie bringing all of DC’s’ superheroes together. Details have been slow and sparse, but new information indicates, in the words of the immortal Jim Ross, business is about to pick up.
Entertainment Weekly reports that The Justice League Part 1 will begin filming on April 11 at Leavesden Studios in southeast England. The shooting will come a little over two weeks after the world premiere of Dawn of Justice on March 25 and will be directed by Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel‘s helmer, Zack Snyder. The cinematic version of the Justice League will consist of Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher).
Snyder gave some comments on the big announcement, knowing that the task of bringing everything together for one big action bonanza won’t be easy.
“It was a bit of an ‘about time’ moment, and I don’t blame [the studio] for feeling that way, because it’s a long time coming,” Snyder said. “But I do feel like it’s a little bit of a creative hurdle. It seems like an easy thing to do at first glance, the idea that, ‘Oh, we just get the rest of the superheroes in there.’ But you have to [establish] a world where they can exist.”
Before the Justice League hits theaters, Warner Bros. will bring two films featuring DC characters to the big screen. One is the supervillain team-up Suicide Squad featuring Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and The Joker (Jared Leto) set for Aug. 5 of this year. The other is Wonder Woman, with Gadot and director Patty Jenkins (Monster) bringing the Amazonian warrior princess to life for the first time in a lead role since the character was created 75 years ago.
Justice League Part 1 will hit theaters next year with Part 2 scheduled for a 2019 release date. In between those films, DC/Warner Bros. plans to release two solo features for The Flash and Aquaman in 2018. After Part 2, the films keeps coming with solo projects for Cyborg and a new Green Lantern (which has yet to be casted) in 2020. On top of all that, rumors have been circulating about new solo Batman movies with Affleck starring and directing.
This year, Dawn of Justice‘s main competition will be on May 6 with Captain America: Civil War, the face-off between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Marvel will also roll out the cinematic debut of their most magical hero with Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, on Nov. 4. Next year Marvel will present three new movies to challenge The Justice League Part 1 and Wonder Woman, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5), a third reboot of Spider-Man (July 7) and Thor: Ragnarok (Nov. 3).
The Justice League will fly into theaters with Part 1 on Nov. 17, 2017 and Part 2 on June 14, 2019.