Zack Snyder signs onto the project that everyone knew was coming!
Warner Brothers Pictures have today announced the production of a film adaptation of the DC comic-strip Justice League of America for release in the not too distant future. The news comes direct from The Wall Street Journal, where the studio's president Greg Silverman reveals in a new interview that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will helm both 2016's Superman Vs. Batman (as he refers to the upcoming crossover blockbuster) and a motion picture based on the team who are basically the DC Comics equivalent to the Avengers.
For now, that's pretty much all we've heard from official sources on the (reportedly) back-to-back production, but rumours of the just-announced second follow-up to Man of Steel have been circulating ever since Snyder first announced that the Dark Knight himself would cross paths (and fists, probably) with Superman in the pair's latest big-screen excursion. With Superman Vs. Batman currently set to release in the Summer of 2016, a 2017 or 2018 launch for the JLA adaptation is pretty much guaranteed, although Wall Street and The Hollywood Reporter have crossed a few wires this morning by revealing contradictory claims regarding just when we'll see it hit cinemas.
In other news, in case you missed it last week, we're also excited to confirm (thanks to Variety) that Ray Fisher is now attached to the Man of Steel sequel as a minor guest star. Fisher (who recently starred in the 2008 comedy film The Good, The Bad and the Confused) will take on the role of Victor "Vic" Stone, aka the metallic superhero Cyborg, in the franchise's second instalment, joining Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) in the process. With at least four members of the original comic-book JLA ensemble present and accounted for, it's a wonder that Snyder hasn't renamed it Justice League of America: Prologue yet, but after Peter Jackson proved that subtlety has all but vanished from the realm of film titles with his rebranding of the third Hobbit flick as The Battle of the Five Armies, we daren't speak too soon in this case either...
Superman Vs. Batman collides with cinemas worldwide on May 6th, 2016.