After years of watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe slowly build into the powerhouse that it is today, now it is time for DC Comics to do the same. Teaming up with Warner Bros., the company began an incredible journey in 2013 with the release of Man of Steel and continued with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Much like how Marvel worked towards making the first Avengers movie, however, DC's ultimate goal is to make a Justice League film -- and we are now well on the way to seeing that happen.
Just like we have with many of the other major blockbusters set to come out over the next few years, we have researched and gathered as much information about the development of the Justice League movie as we could possibly find to try and put together a picture of what we can expect from the superhero team up movie that arrives later this year. So, let's get started with what we've seen from the film in the form of the latest trailer. Take a look below:
See? Aren't you intrigued now? If you want to get the details on what we know about the film thus far, read on to find out!
What Is The Justice League Release Date?
Rather than start off slow and only work on one Justice League movie at a time, Warner Bros. opted to double down and announce both Justice League: Part One and Justice League: Part Two at the same time. Recently, however, Zack Snyder confirmed to us (on a set visit that we attended on the London shoot of Justice League) that the first Justice League movie will be a standalone adventure and is NOT part one of a two-part story. That being said, Justice League is set to open on November 17. The sequel is still in development, but it was removed from its 2019 release date and remains unscheduled.
What Is The Justice League Rating?
So far all of the DC movies have been rated PG-13, and we don't expect Justice League to be any different. There will be some intense violence, maybe some suggestive material and a few curse words sprinkled here and there. That said, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came out with an R-rated Ultimate Edition cut when it hit home media, and this film was also directed by Zack Snyder. So, there's always a chance that the Justice League adventure could be given a similar treatment depending on the material being shot that doesn't make it into the theatrical release. Still, if Suicide Squad didn't earn an R rating, then I doubt this movie will.
What Is The Justice League Story?
Obviously Justice League will deal with the team forming, as Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) seeks to recruit more metahumans to defend our planet in the wake of Superman's "death" in Dawn of Justice. The Comic-Con preview and first theatrical trailer have indicated that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Batman will recruit Cyborg (Ray Fisher), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) for a team that eventually will include a resurrected Kal-El. Spoilers. Sorry. Their mission will involve Mother Boxes, Parademons and a villain that we will explore in an upcoming section.
After helming Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder is returning to oversee the Justice League movie, arriving in 2017. Following Warner Bros. bringing him aboard to write Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Argo's Chris Terrio is also writing the first Justice League movie, though presumably Snyder has a good amount of creative and story input, having played a huge role in getting the DC Extended Universe to the place where it is right now.
Following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's poor critical reception, it's unclear whether Snyder retains the same amount of creative control as the previous two movies or if he's working more closely with other creative minds behind the scenes (like producers Geoff Johns and collaborator Ben Affleck). Either way, the Justice League movie will be one of DC's biggest movies yet, so extra care needs to be taken with it. So far, Snyder has been sharing interesting things on social media tied to Justice League. Fans seem excited... for now.
After debuting as Superman in 2013's Man of Steel, Henry Cavill reprised the role in 2016 for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Although the Kryptonian hero initially clashed with the Caped Crusader, by the climax of the movie they were working with Wonder Woman to defeat Doomsday. Unfortunately, the monster was so powerful that Superman was forced drive Batman's Kryptonite spear into its chest himself. Doomsday died and so did Superman -- or so it seemed at first. At the end of the movie, the dirt above Clark's casket began to levitate, hinting at his eventual resurrection. Cavill has since been seen on the Justice League set, and he even teased his costume, so we know he'll be featured in the movie, though how Superman will be brought back to life is still a mystery.
After spending years with Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's incarnation of Batman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduced Ben Affleck's version of the Caped Crusader, who has been fighting crime for 20 years when the movie begins. Thanks to his paranoia and dreams of an apocalyptic future, Batman believed Superman was a threat to humanity and set out to eliminate him. By the end of the movie, he realized he'd made a mistake and while he failed the Man of Steel in life, he won't fail him in death. Batman briefly returned for Suicide Squad (where he jailed both Deadshot and Harley Quinn), but it's Justice League that will find him traveling around the world to recruit the metahumans he learned about to form a team to protect Earth.
In addition to appearing on camera, Ben Affleck was also named as an executive producer on Justice League. That means he'll have creative input behind the scenes to make this movie the best it can be. Batman is also expected to appear in a solo Batman movie, though a solid release date for that movie hasn't been set in stone just yet.