Warner Bros. confirms plans for a movie based on its iconic super-team, with Man of Steel's Henry Cavill expected to reprise his role as Superman.
Zack Snyder has signed on to direct a movie about the Justice League, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
Marking the first time the studio has confirmed plans for a movie based on its iconic super-team, Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman said the studio is moving forward with Justice League. Man of Steel's Henry Cavill is expected to reunite with the director to reprise his role as Superman (he's also returning for the sequel, which goes into production next month). Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, who play Batman and Wonder Woman, respectively, in the Man of Steel sequel tentatively titled Superman vs. Batman, also are expected to star in Justice League.
“It will be a further expansion of this universe,” Silverman said. “Superman vs. Batman will lead into Justice League.”
A release date has not been set, although the movies will be shot back-to-back. Superman vs. Batman arrives in theaters May 6, 2016.
The team, initially known as the Justice League of America, made its first appearance in Brave and the Bold #28, published in March 1960. Three issues later, the team got its own title, which swiftly became DC's top comic. The Avengers, Marvel's attempt to create their own version of a collection of its popular heroes, didn't appear until 1963.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.