Justice League of Steel
So what we were long expecting has now come to pass: Zack Snyder is directing the rumored Justice League film, and that movie will follow Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2. What does this mean? Well, for one, I can finally stop worrying so damn much about the Man of Steel sequel, and it probably means that both Justice League and MoS 2 will be filming back to back.
Now this isn’t a major stretch, but it does seem like the most likely scenario for Warner Bros to take. By the time Justice League hits theaters in 2017, Marvel will have put out a second Avengers film, as well as new entries for Captain America, and (presumably) Thor. If you thought Hollywood was “Marvel” now, then just wait a few years when their lead will be almost insurmountable. This is WB’s last ditch attempt to get Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the rest of the league on the big screen, and hopefully by then the “normies” in the audience won’t be burnt out on super hero flicks.
While my fears of Man of Steel 2 becoming an overcrowded mess are now greatly lessened, many of those worries have now transferred to Justice League. Outside of Batman, Justice League is going to have to cram Cyborg, (maybe) Green Lantern, (maybe) Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Batman, (maybe) Flash, AND Superman into one movie, and only one team member who will have had a movie to set up who he is (and seeing as how he’s the most recognizable superhero of all time, one could argue that he didn’t need his own movie to begin with).
The way I see it, we’ll probably get Batman vs. Superman as a Superman movie that also has Batman in it, and Wonder Woman will appear in the post credits (or very end of the movie) as someone that Batman has been keeping tabs on. The best choice for WB would be to make Batman their Nick Fury, a guy who has been tracking all of the different super-powered beings in the world in case he needs to get them to team up to take on a bigger threat. As much as it’s ripping a page from Marvel’s book, it would work really well, and always planning ahead is very much in line with Batman’s character.
Of course, Zack Snyder has pulled off a big budget team movie before with 2009’s better than you remember Watchmen. I really enjoyed Watchmen, and believe it’s not only Snyder’s strongest movie, but also the best version of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ masterpiece that we could’ve gotten. Not only that, but Snyder did a great job not only introducing a bunch of characters that the general public had no knowledge of, but of ensuring the fact that they all got a fair amount of screen time too. With this in mind, I think Snyder will probably do really well at setting up the members of the League for this movie, even though Wonder Woman should’ve gotten her own flick off the ground first.
It’s amazing what one press release can do for my anticipation level for a movie. I’m now slowly back on the side of “excited” when it comes to Batman vs. Superman, which is amazing since a month ago I was losing my mind over how badly it was seemingly being handled. Perhaps all of those casting announcements and rumors we’ve been hearing about for the past year have actually been for Justice League and not BvS. I may be trying to be too positive about it, but it’s a possibility.
You’ve almost won me back, WB…. but I’ll be watching you very carefully.
Posted on April 28, 2014, in Movie and tagged Batfleck, Batman, Batman vs. Superman, Ben Affleck, Cyborg, Gal Godot, Henry Cavill, Justice League, Justice League movie, Man of Steel 2, Superman, Wonder Woman, Zack Snyder. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.