Are 'Batman vs. Superman' & 'Justice League' Shooting Back-to-Back?
With the gestating Batman vs. Superman bringing on Gal Gadot as female superhero Wonder Woman, joining Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, we know there's going to be a handful of superheroes in Zack Snyder's comic book sequel. There's even been rumors of The Flash and Green Lantern popping up at some point, and now we might have a more immediate reason for cramming in all these heroes. Latino Review is reporting that Warner Bros. wants to follow-up Batman vs. Superman with Justice League, and supposedly the studio wants to move very quickly by shooting the films back-to-back.
That would explain why casting all these extra superheroes now is necessary, and just might mean that all of them won't have significant parts, likely only appearing at the end of the film or in some sort of credits tease. The reason behind this scheduling proposal also brings another bit of recent news into play. Dwayne Johnson has met with Warner Bros. to work on an unknown DC Comics property (as the actor confirmed himself), and apparently Justice League just might be that project. This back-to-back schedule would make sense since Johnson said he would be working on this DC project in 2014.
Otherwise, there are two big reasons to shoot the films back-to-back. First of all, Warner Bros. wants to maximize the schedules of their more busy talents like Ben Affleck (who also has a successful career directing), Henry Cavill (who is in demand for other work) and Johnson (who can't seem to stop working). In addition, Batman vs. Superman is said to end with an "insane cliffhanger" and also a teaser that will lead right into Justice League, and the studio wants to deliver the follow-up within a year to keep the excitement going. It doesn't necessarily shake things up against Marvel, but it's certainly a bold move.
Again, this all should be taken with a grain of salt, but this plan seems like the only way to catch up to Marvel quickly, and keep fans interested. However, we're hoping that Warner Bros. isn't getting careless with their superhero ensemble just because they're desperate to match Marvel's success with The Avengers. They'll have a leg-up by getting to their ensemble more quickly than the five years it took for The Avengers to assemble after Iron Man in 2007, but that won't mean anything if it's not a quality comic book adaptation that respects each superhero for their respective fans. Stay tuned.