Zack Snyder is directing the upcoming Justice League film, which has no official title or release date, but will be a follow-up to Snyder’s current project, tentatively titled “Batman Vs Superman,” although it’s also been referred to as “Superman Vs Batman” by people that matter. The trilogy of films, which started with last year’s disappointing Man of Steel, is meant to be the gateway in a DC Cinematic Universe meant to contend with expanding franchises like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
This isn’t a surprise to anyone. A Justice League film has been rumored for decades, and has been rumored to be being actively developed since The Avengers was hinted at back at the end of Iron Man. As soon as Wonder Woman was announced as being part of the Man of Steel sequel, it was as good as certain where they were going. The information that Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) was signed for a three-movie deal just meant everyone had to wait for it to be official, but it was basically official. Now, it’s official.
Of course, this leads us to earnestly speculate on a few new points that had only previously been batted around. First, who else is going to show up in the Justice League flick? Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter are obvious choices, but it would be nice to see someone like Hawkman show up, for at least as large a role as Hawkeye. There’s plenty to choose from, but which ones are going to be able to best translate into the grim universe Snyder seems to be creating? Or will he listen to a lot of the criticism and move into a more fantastic real that comic creations thrive in?
More importantly – who will be getting a movie after the team-up? It’s currently unknown (probably even to them) what direction they’ll be taking after the Justice League film, but it’s a good bet they hope to be in a position to create some new franchises with fresh characters. They tried to get out of the Batman/Superman system of comic properties with Green Lantern, and we know how that turned out, so it’s a good bet that Green Lantern won’t be in the queue for a minute. Flash had a not-so-good TV show a few decades back, and he’s getting another soon, so he’s a possibility, as is a big screen version of The Arrow considering the surprising popularity of his television counterpart. Really, though, this question is kind of just a set-up for my last question…
When are we getting a goddamn Wonder Woman movie, DC? Seriously, the Amazonian has had a successful television run and is easily the most prominent female superhero of all time. How is it that we can watch Catwoman on DVD, but there hasn’t been a serious attempt at putting Wonder Woman into theaters? Even from a coldly calculating, “how can we exploit this brand’s resources to make a buck” angle, it’s a no-brainer. Despite everything, The Green Lantern probably made a few bucks in the end (once DVD and TV were accounted for), and nobody outside of the comic world had ever heard of that guy. A Wonder Woman movie is sure to make its money back out of sheer curiosity.
I guess for now all we can do is wait and see how well Zack Snyder does at universe building.