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In the same way that Marvel Studios had to up its game when going from making solo movies to the first Avengers, DC Comics is going to have to bring all its got when it comes to making Justice League. This not only means uniting their biggest heroes, but also having them square off against an extremely dangerous threat with a very big plan. If the latest round of rumors can be believed, it would appear that the comic book company completely understands this and has big ideas for the antagonists that will face off against Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and others in both Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2.
In the wake of all the big announcements from Warner Bros. regarding the future of their DC Comics-based slate, Badass Digest has tossed out a few scoops of their own - including who we can expect the Justice League to square off against in both their first and second movies. According to the site's sources, the supervillain known as Brainiac will be the central antagonist of Justice League, and that Part 2 will shift attention to Darkseid. There are very few details available at this point, but apparently the former will be going up against a team that includes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and The Flash (and we can expect that cast to grow in Part 2).
So why is all this happening? It all goes back to the Kryptonian distress beacon that Superman activated in Man of Steel. In the same way that it got General Zod's attention, it will also be attracting Brainiac to Earth. It's not entirely clear how Darkseid comes to be involved, but the rumor says that Green Lantern's introduction comes because he has to warn the Justice League about the villain's approach.
It's already been officially revealed that Zack Snyder will directing at least the first Justice League, but Badass Digest adds that there is a plan to film both parts of the epic blockbuster back-to-back, with Zack Snyder making both. This mans that the stylistic approach that opened and defined the look of the growing DC Cinematic Universe will extend for another five years (Justice League 2 is dated for 2019). While I am personally fine with this, being someone who appreciates Snyder's aesthetic, I also hope that Warner Bros. is reaching out to equally stylistic filmmakers to helm the non-Justice League movies coming out over the next few years. It would be nice if each feature was based around the individual lead characters instead of the larger universe.
Are you excited by the prospect of seeing huge DC villains like Brainiac and Darkseid invade movie screens, or do you hope that the Justice League films wind up looking in a different direction? Tell us what you think in the comments below.