Justice League Movie Officiallly Announced, To Be Directed by Zack Snyder

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Warner Bros. have officially announced plans to follow up Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman with Justice League, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will tackle the project, which will star Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and (recently announced) Ray Fisher as Cyborg, among others.

“It will be a further expansion of this universe,” said Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman. “Superman vs Batman will lead into Justice League.”

Zack Snyder Justice League MovieThe report says that a script is still in development (although it does not specifically say that it will be written by The Dark Knight and Man of Steel scribe David S. Goyer, whose Batman vs. Superman script was supposed to set him up as the Justice League writer but has reportedly been significantly rewritten by Argo's Chris Terrio) and Warner has not set a release date, though the movie is unlikely to come out before 2018. WSJ also suggests that the other Justice Leaguers could be Green Lantern, Aquaman and The Flash.

Of course, if that's the case, it will mirror Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's first arc on the New 52 Justice League comic, which many assumed was specifically designed to play as a feature film. That said, it's hard to know whether a news organization being fed this kind of exclusive has background information or not when they say something as general as naming other members on the team in the comics.

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The piece suggests that a number of DC and Vertigo properties remain in development at Warner or New Line (which is owned by Warner), including some -- Metal Men and Shazam -- long thought to be abandoned. There is no mention of Dark Universe, Guillermo del Toro's proposed Justice League Dark film.

It appears likely from their exclusion in the article that the Warner Bros. Television properties such as ArrowThe FlashGotham and Constantine continue to be perceived as something different from the movie universe, at least for now.