Despite "Batman Vs. Superman" feeling like a "Justice League Origins" film, Warner Bros. has officially announced that a real "JL" film is indeed on the way. Zack Snyder, who helmed "Man of Steel" and the upcoming sequel, has been locked in to direct the D.C. superhero ensemble.
The upcoming "Batman Vs. Superman" film will see the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, and will introduce Ben Affleck as the new Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. There's three important members of JL already and according to WB president of worldwide production Greg Silverman, the three actors are expected to return for the "JL" film.
Silverman stated, "It will be a further expansion of this universe. Superman vs Batman will lead into Justice League."
This news is obviously not surprising, given the recent character introductions, as well as the new announcement that Cyborg will appear in the film as well. While Marvel introduced the main Avengers in standalone films first, before uniting them on the big-screen in Joss Whedon's film, D.C. is doing the opposite. Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Trilogy" presented a different Batman than what Affleck's will be, so Superman is the only character to date that we've been introduced to, prior to the big team-up.
Many fans, myself including, were hoping that bringing Affleck into this superhero universe, would lead to him potentially directing a film. One such film was presumably "Justice League", but that is officially off the table. Could Affleck potentially be rebooting the "Batman" series after "JL", another film entirely, or will he remain just an actor with no directorial say in this universe? I personally think that would be a big waste of his talent, as he's an even better director and writer than actor.
There are still a lot of questions to be answered and only the big heads over at Warner Bros. know the fate of our beloved D.C. characters and the people responsible for bringing them to life. But this major confirmation will at least give us hope that the ultimate D.C. team-up isn't as far away as we feared. Not let's just hope they do it right.
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