Monday, April 28, 2014

WAR: DC/WB Announces Justice League, Sets 2017 Release Date

DC/WB has officially announced plans to produce a Justice League film. The film, which will reportedly shoot back-to-back with the Man of Steel sequel, is rumored to be slotted for a May 5, 2017 release, putting the film in another head-to-head competition with a Marvel Studios' film.

The news broke yesterday via The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy, but as the day progressed, we learned quite a bit more about DC's plan and, unsurprisingly, much of it meshes with some long-standing rumors. As we've heard for some time now, Zack Snyder will direct Justice League and production of that film will be continuous with Snyder's current project the currently untitled Man of Steel sequel we've been calling Batman vs. Superman.

Latino Review, who was the first site to report that the two films would be produced back-to-back, chimed in late last night with the news that DC/WB plans to set Justice League for a May 5, 2017 release. If true, this puts DC/WB in direct conflict with Marvel Studios for a second time as Marvel has an unannounced film slated to release the same day.

The Wrap chimed in late last night as well by recirculating an interesting casting rumor. According to his sources, the role of Aquaman, which has long been linked to Jason Momoa, may have a familiar name still in contention: Matt Damon. Let's just say I hope Momoa gets the role.

While there were no details on just which members of the Justice League we'd eventually see outside of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, we do know that actor Ray Fisher was recently cast as Victor Stone and it's impossible to imagine a Justice League without Green Lantern or Flash.