If you’ve been paying attention to the internets over the past few weeks, you may have noticed some rumors heating up about Warner Bros.’ nervousness over Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Indeed, the studio has a lot to be worried about—the film is intended to kick off the studio’s own inter-connected universe in earnest, and with a very hefty budget, the bar for success is high. But as the studio has begun showing the film to certain people, early word has reportedly been mixed—some love it, some do not—which then led folks to wonder whether director Zack Snyder would still be sticking around to helm Justice League – Part 1, which was intended to start production this spring, or if WB would change course.
Well in what appears to be a bit of damage control, Snyder and the studio revealed to EW that Justice League – Part 1 is officially a “go” and will begin filming on April 11th. Meaning that yes, Snyder is still directing Justice League and no, the film is not being delayed.
“The idea that we could begin to boot up a Justice League concept was a cool thing,” says Snyder. “It was a little bit of an ‘about time’ moment, and I don’t blame [the studio] for feeling that way, because it’s a long time coming,” he 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.”
Filming will be primarily based at the Warner Bros. Leavesden studios in England, with various locations around London and Iceland. Snyder is currently in the U.K. at the moment prepping the movie, which will start production just two weeks after Dawn of Justice hits theaters, so all involved will only have just seen how the world reacts to the Justice League prelude before filming begins.
It’s unclear who the final screenwriting credits on Justice League – Part 1 will go to, but we previously heard that Oscar-winning Argo and Batman v Superman screenwriter Chris Terrio was on the job. Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot reprise their Batman v Superman roles in the team-up movie alongside Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.
Part 1, due for release in November 2017, is being produced wholly separately from its sequel, the 2019-dated Justice League – Part 2, so it’ll be curious to see what kind of story Snyder and Co. are telling. In between Part 1 and Part 2, we will have seen standalone films for The Flash (directed by Seth Grahame-Smith) and Aquaman (directed by James Wan), so audiences will get some backstory on those two DC characters.
So yeah, despite speculation to the contrary, it appears Warner Bros. is moving forward with Justice League – Part 1 as planned, with Snyder continuing to spearhead this interconnected DC universe. For a refresher on the DC calendar as it stands now, take a look below:
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25, 2016
- Suicide Squad – August 5, 2016
- Wonder Woman – June 23, 2017
- Justice League – Part 1 – November 17, 2017
- The Flash – March 16, 2018
- Aquaman – July 27, 2018
- Shazam – April 5, 2019
- Justice League – Part 2 – June 14, 2019
- Cyborg – April 3, 2020
- Green Lantern Corps – June 19, 2020