In a recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon, the Man of Steel himself Henry Cavill revealed that Warner Bros.’s highly anticipated superhero team-up film Justice League Part One will start pre-production in January next year.
With the marketing for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice well underway over seven months before the movie is scheduled to hit cinemas, having had the second trailer for the film debut last month, many fans are scratching their heads as to why Warner Bros. didn’t plan to release the comic book flick earlier. Of course there are many perfectly normal, no-need-to-panic reasons why a studio may have a film that’s wrapped production long before it arrives on the big screen; for example, looking at BvS, I have personally thought that DC may want to include some material from Suicide Squad, or a scene at the end that builds into SS, which only began shooting in April while BvS finished shooting in December last year, but that’s just one possible scenario out of many.
So with fans ripping their hair out over how much longer they have to wait to see the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share a screen together, you’d think it would seem ridiculous to report that pre-production for Justice League Part One will begin in January next year, when the movie is set for a November 17th, 2017 release date.. But in actual fact that’s exactly what’s happening.
Watch the quick clip of Henry Cavill confirming the pre-production date for Justice League Part One:
Although it may seem a little ridiculous to be talking about a film that’s over two years away, it does make us feel more confident that Warner Bros. and DC can really rise to this opportunity and take these beloved superhero properties far beyond where they’ve ended up before. The filmmakers as a team seem to be pushing forward with confidence in what they’re doing themselves, which is something previous DC movies did not have going for them. It felt as though the studio’s plan was to release one solo film, see how it performed, and then, if they managed to get that far, make a plan from that going forward, Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy aside. This time round with Man of Steel they had much more of a focus on creating a world, which allows space for you to adapt other characters into the Cinematic Universe.
With that being said it probably isn’t a good idea to keep on thinking about it for the time being as the movies are a long way away, and of course nothing from what we’ve seen or what we know about the DC cinematic Universe thus far can tell us whether it’s going to be great or if it’s gonna suck. As with any film we will only know until we see it.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theatres March 25th, 2016, Suicide Squad August 5th, 2016, Wonder Woman June 23rd, 2017, Justice League Part One November 17th, 2017, The Flash March 23rd, 2018, Aquaman July 27th, 2018, Shazam! April 5th, 2019, Justice League Part Two June 14th, 2019, Cyborg April 3rd, 2020 and Green Lantern Corps. June 19th, 2020.