This Just In: The sun is round, people get easily offended on the internet, and there will be a Justice League movie following Batman and Superman: Friendship is Magic; this according to The Wall Street Journal, the acknowledged primary source for nerd news.
To direct Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavil), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and all the other eventual members of the Justice League (who will play Snapper Carr?!?!), Warner Bros. will once again turn to Zack Snyder, the man behind both the Man of Steel and its upcoming sequel as they hope to release the Justice League: Rise of the Superfriends as soon as 2018.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, where is the next Green Lantern movie, but apparently, Ryan Reynolds has yet to do enough crunches to atone for the last one so instead, Warner Bros. is said to be “warm” to the notion of a solo Wonder Woman movie at some point after these next two movies, with Warner Bros. president of worldwide marketing Sue Kroll saying:
“With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her.”
If only Warner Bros. themselves were equally ready and willing to produce more than one major super hero movie at a time; and no, Fables, 100 Bullets, and Shazam don’t exactly count.
This isn’t, for me, about what Marvel does versus what DC/Warner Bros. doesn’t do. It’s just more disappointment from the latter. How much longer do Wonder Woman fans need to wait? 2020? Further?
DC/Warner Bros announcement (which would seem to scuttle any thought that they might film Batman/Superman and a Justice League movie back to back) will be celebrated even though it confirms what we already assumed, but the timeline for these films shows that it’s still business-as-usual for the most risk averse of the comic book movie studios, because in insuring that there are years and not months in between Batman/Superman and The Justice League, Warner Bros. appears to be giving themselves enough time to get cold feet if they don’t like the look of the tea leaves or the former’s box office.
Is that smart business? Perhaps, but its also somewhat depleting from a fan’s point of view because it seems to indicate a lack of confidence in the product and because of that, it almost makes an official confirmation like this seem like it should come with as much salt as the myriad of rumors that preceded it.