We’re still a little more than a month away from seeing Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which Warner Brothers is using to set up their forthcoming Justice League two-part superhero team film, but the studio has just set the production start date for that follow up. According to EW, cameras will start rolling on Justice League on April 11.
The film will feature Batman V Superman heroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) teaming up with Aquaman (Jason Momoa), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and an as yet uncast Green Lantern to defeat some sort of big giant menacing bad guy.
As of right now, Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder will be helming this film as well. However, there have been recent reports of possible rumblings within the studio that if Batman V Superman doesn’t meet certain expectations, Snyder could be replaced as director on Justice League.
And that would leave Warners with a conundrum. Do they push the release of Justice League back to give a new director time to make some changes on the project or do they just drop a new director into things with marching orders to make the originally announced November 17, 2017 release date no matter what. That second option would be a bad idea and would show that the studio didn’t learn the lesson of Fox’s third X-Men film.
But if they were to delay Justice League, Warners would find themselves with a hole in their release schedule that might be difficult to fill. The next film in the studio’s superhero cycle, The Flash, is scheduled for March 2018. Very little has been announced about the film yet, outside of knowing that it will star Ezra Miller and be written and directed by Seth Grahame-Smith. Is it far enough along that Warners could move it forward five months to fill that void?