DC sure is confident in their cinematic universe. While Man of Steel opened to mixed reviews from critics and fans, the polarizing response it got certainly isn’t slowing DC’s plans. It seems like DC is so enthusiastic about their film franchise that they want to get the ball rolling right away. That’s why the upcoming Batman V Superman will immediately follow up Man of Steel’s story by introducing Batman and Wonder Woman. There will even be small appearances from Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash. Moreover, the Wonder Woman solo film is already filming, so it’s clear that DC is wasting no time here. As if all of that wasn’t enough, we’ve got perhaps the biggest DC film of all time set to start shooting in less than two months.
Enternainment Weekly has confirmed today that part one of Zack Snyder’s Justice League movie is set to start shooting on April 11, 2016. Zack Snyder said to Entertainment Weekly that the decision to get a Justice League movie out right away was based on the long-lasting demand for it. Fans have been waiting for a Justice League movie for decades, and it’s very likely that DC sees the past decade’s superhero movie boom as a major opportunity to put one out. Wonder Woman will still be filming at that point, so it will be quite an experience for Gal Gadot to ricochet back and forth between sets.
However, while the promptness of a Justice League’s filming sounds exciting on paper, Snyder admits that the studio’s decision to start filming immediately will be a challenge. Snyder said to Entertainment Weekly:
“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. 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.”
On one hand, the possibility of a rushed production sounds a bit concerning. However, it is worth noting that The Avengers started filming in April, 2011. This was immediately before both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger were released. If Marvel could start filming their big crossover movie so early on in the game, why can’t DC? One can hope that it will turn out just as well for them.
Justice League: Part One is set to hit theaters on November 17, 2017.