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Rumor: Will Batman vs Superman be filmed back to back with Justice League?

01.13.2014

We keep hearing more and more names being added to BATMAN VS SUPERMAN and have all but forgotten about Warner Bros. big plans for JUSTICE LEAGUE. The team movie featuring all of DC's top heroes was all but their top project in the months leading up to MAN OF STEEL hitting theaters when Warner Bros and DC decided to take a step back and see how Zack Snyder's Superman movie fared at the box office. Then, we all got the big announcement that BATMAN VS SUPERMAN was coming in 2015. What about JUSTICE LEAGUE?

Granted, these are rumors, but they are compelling rumors that suppose that all of the high profile actors being named for supporting roles in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN like Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman followed by potential roles for Josh Holloway and others is leading to fans thinking that BATMAN VS SUPERMAN will be overloaded with roles. Unless there is a plan in place. Latino Review is presupposing that Dwayne Johnson's mystery 2014 project with DC is in fact JUSTICE LEAGUE. How would that work?

Because Batman vs Superman is going to end with an insane cliffhanger/teaser that leads right into Justice League and, like those other back-to-back productions, they want to be able to deliver the second film within a year to strike while the iron is hot. Could this very aggressive approach be how DC intends to pull the rug right out from under rival Marvel Studios? Sure could be.

Where the rumor gets sticky is that Ben Affleck is already developing his next directorial effort, LIVE BY NIGHT, after he wraps BATMAN VS SUPERMAN. Unless they are extending the filming of that superhero movie to encompass JUSTICE LEAGUE, a bold and not entirely impossible feat, then Ben Affleck would be unavailable for some time before returning as Batman.

If JUSTICE LEAGUE is on track to film along with BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, Warner Bros could potentially have two superhero blockbusters ready for release within a year of each other. They would likely space them out between Summer 2015 and Summer 2016. If this does pan out, DC may have found a way to combat the machine that is Disney/Marvel.

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN hits theaters July 17, 2015.

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4:21PM on 01/14/2014
Tidbit for DC: slow the fuck down!! Take your damn time and let your audience appreciate what you're trying to accomplish in small moves.
Tidbit for DC: slow the fuck down!! Take your damn time and let your audience appreciate what you're trying to accomplish in small moves.
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7:16AM on 01/14/2014
Assuming this is true, it adds to the feeling that this is a rushed job to catch up with Marvel. Of course, it could work...but there's no room for mistakes. Right now, it just feels like they've not planned this properly and have been making it up as they go along.
Assuming this is true, it adds to the feeling that this is a rushed job to catch up with Marvel. Of course, it could work...but there's no room for mistakes. Right now, it just feels like they've not planned this properly and have been making it up as they go along.
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3:46AM on 01/14/2014
Am I the only one who thinks that Ben Affleck isn't going to be the ONLY Batman in this movie? Something tells me DC is planning a 'Mandarin-swerve' with this one. Old, grizzled, using drones to do his fighting for him. And now if it turns out Affleck won't be available to film Justice League later on, wouldn't that indicate that he's just a mentor of some sort to whoever is the 'Batman in his prime' in this series? I don't know, but something about all this is fishy. Or maybe I'm just in
Am I the only one who thinks that Ben Affleck isn't going to be the ONLY Batman in this movie? Something tells me DC is planning a 'Mandarin-swerve' with this one. Old, grizzled, using drones to do his fighting for him. And now if it turns out Affleck won't be available to film Justice League later on, wouldn't that indicate that he's just a mentor of some sort to whoever is the 'Batman in his prime' in this series? I don't know, but something about all this is fishy. Or maybe I'm just in denial that Affleck is Batman. Either way, interesting stuff.
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11:47PM on 01/13/2014
Marvel: "Little by little we will build our universe. Each movie will be a complete story, while also serving as a stepping stone to something larger. Let the audience get familiar with each character's world, let them fall in love with the actors who bring this all to life, then the payoff of putting them together will be much greater."

DC: "Lets do everything at once!"
Marvel: "Little by little we will build our universe. Each movie will be a complete story, while also serving as a stepping stone to something larger. Let the audience get familiar with each character's world, let them fall in love with the actors who bring this all to life, then the payoff of putting them together will be much greater."

DC: "Lets do everything at once!"
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10:13PM on 01/13/2014
I just hope that Justice League won't be just Superman, Batman, and a few other characters revealed to be Kryptonian in some ways or the other. (Wonder Woman? An all female race of Kryptonian descent! Aquaman? Comes from a line of genetically modified Kryptonian warrior clans built for undersea exploration! Martian Manhunter? More like, ancient Kryptonian who developed green skin and shapeshifting powers due to some unknown artifacts found on Mars!)
I just hope that Justice League won't be just Superman, Batman, and a few other characters revealed to be Kryptonian in some ways or the other. (Wonder Woman? An all female race of Kryptonian descent! Aquaman? Comes from a line of genetically modified Kryptonian warrior clans built for undersea exploration! Martian Manhunter? More like, ancient Kryptonian who developed green skin and shapeshifting powers due to some unknown artifacts found on Mars!)
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1:13AM on 01/14/2014
The Flash is descended from an elite clan of ancient Kryptonian athletes who called themselves the "Speed Force" at the college games.
The Flash is descended from an elite clan of ancient Kryptonian athletes who called themselves the "Speed Force" at the college games.
8:45PM on 01/13/2014

Deja vu

So many characters announced for Days of Future Past and a sequel (Age of Apocalypse) was already in the works.
So many characters announced for Days of Future Past and a sequel (Age of Apocalypse) was already in the works.
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8:29PM on 01/13/2014
Man of Steel was pretty good just as good as the majority of the MCU movies which I also enjoyed. I just hope this turns out to be great.
Man of Steel was pretty good just as good as the majority of the MCU movies which I also enjoyed. I just hope this turns out to be great.
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8:23PM on 01/13/2014
As a DC fan I can only pray this turns out spectacular and someone somewhere knows what they're doing.
As a DC fan I can only pray this turns out spectacular and someone somewhere knows what they're doing.
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8:17PM on 01/13/2014
Oh, and cliffhanger…?

I really really hope not. I just want a good Superman movie.
Oh, and cliffhanger…?

I really really hope not. I just want a good Superman movie.
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8:16PM on 01/13/2014
This overload of characters still smacks of desperation on DC's part, who so obviously want to be like Marvel it's not even funny.

Marvel, on the other hand, don't give a fuck about DC and just do what they want, churning out good films one after the other.
This overload of characters still smacks of desperation on DC's part, who so obviously want to be like Marvel it's not even funny.

Marvel, on the other hand, don't give a fuck about DC and just do what they want, churning out good films one after the other.
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7:32PM on 01/13/2014
This would make sense and a huge cliffhanger at the end makes it even more juicey. God I cant wait for this film to be out.
This would make sense and a huge cliffhanger at the end makes it even more juicey. God I cant wait for this film to be out.
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7:00PM on 01/13/2014

First off...That title story split pic of Supes & Batman is fucking AWESOME!

Secondly...I'm cool w/ back - to - back DC superheros.

Hurry up July 17th, 2015!
Secondly...I'm cool w/ back - to - back DC superheros.

Hurry up July 17th, 2015!
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5:08PM on 01/13/2014
I hope that this rumor is true. WB needs to make a Justice League movie soon. The superhero craze is already waning. Dedicated comic fans deserve to see both their favorite Marvels and DCs on the big-screen before properly-done superhero epics cannot get proper funding.
I hope that this rumor is true. WB needs to make a Justice League movie soon. The superhero craze is already waning. Dedicated comic fans deserve to see both their favorite Marvels and DCs on the big-screen before properly-done superhero epics cannot get proper funding.
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3:33PM on 01/13/2014

If

If this is true, the Doomsday, Death of Supermab story seems a logical route to take here. The "cliffhanger" line makes me think that especially.

I enjoyed MoS. I enjoy most of Snyder's movies. I've been fine with all the casting so far (not thrilled) and I'm looking forward to what comes from all this.
If this is true, the Doomsday, Death of Supermab story seems a logical route to take here. The "cliffhanger" line makes me think that especially.

I enjoyed MoS. I enjoy most of Snyder's movies. I've been fine with all the casting so far (not thrilled) and I'm looking forward to what comes from all this.
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3:21PM on 01/13/2014
Logically, this bit of news makes some sense. It certainly would help with the problem of overcrowding that has come with so many casting and character rumors. But as Alex mentioned in the article, logistically it doesn't sound very feasible at all. Lord of the Rings, another trilogy that operated by filming the films all at the same time (which is a bit different than back-to-back, but just a minor quibble) benefited from having almost a decade of planning going into it. DC's growing cinematic
Logically, this bit of news makes some sense. It certainly would help with the problem of overcrowding that has come with so many casting and character rumors. But as Alex mentioned in the article, logistically it doesn't sound very feasible at all. Lord of the Rings, another trilogy that operated by filming the films all at the same time (which is a bit different than back-to-back, but just a minor quibble) benefited from having almost a decade of planning going into it. DC's growing cinematic universe doesn't even come close to that level of planning. Man of Steel was obviously rushed, and the flaws and mediocrity of that film shows this. The MoS "sequel" is even more so, judging by the fact that Batman was only added into the movie when MoS didn't meet expectations of the studio executives at the box office. Jumping from Superman Vs. Batman into a full-fledged Justice League movie within a year just doesn't sound smart or even likely.
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3:42PM on 01/13/2014
You're making a lot of assumptions about MOS and how Batman Vs Superman came together based on your opinion of the former. It may have seemed like a mediocre film to you, but that doesn't necessarily mean they rushed the planning and execution of it. And what are you talking about with MOS not meeting studio exec's expectations? It made $668,045,518 worldwide at the box office. It's the highest grossing Superman film ever and the second highest grossing reboot. I think it more than met
You're making a lot of assumptions about MOS and how Batman Vs Superman came together based on your opinion of the former. It may have seemed like a mediocre film to you, but that doesn't necessarily mean they rushed the planning and execution of it. And what are you talking about with MOS not meeting studio exec's expectations? It made $668,045,518 worldwide at the box office. It's the highest grossing Superman film ever and the second highest grossing reboot. I think it more than met expectations. Adding Batman to the mix is a plus and a box office draw, but I don't think the reason he's being included in the next film is because MOS didn't meet box office expectations.
4:05PM on 01/13/2014
My original comment may have seemed like I'm judging the production of MoS based on my opinion of the film itself, but it's almost without question that it was rushed, with the end result being the biggest and best proof of this. But recalling the production and when it began, the advertising and marketing campaign, when the movie was released, and the entire process overall...they certainly didn't take their time with it at all. It's not a leap by any means to say it was rushed.

As for the
My original comment may have seemed like I'm judging the production of MoS based on my opinion of the film itself, but it's almost without question that it was rushed, with the end result being the biggest and best proof of this. But recalling the production and when it began, the advertising and marketing campaign, when the movie was released, and the entire process overall...they certainly didn't take their time with it at all. It's not a leap by any means to say it was rushed.

As for the box office, there are countless reports of WB executives expecting MoS to make WELL over $1 billion. Sure, it made a heck of a lot of money. But compared to the Dark Knight movies, or any Marvel movie...Superman is (or at least, should be) an entirely different animal, in the minds of the fans and almost certainly in the minds of executives who green-lit the film. The fact that it made money comparable to the 1st Thor movie? That's absolutely not a good sign. So how do they remedy this? Shoehorn the intensely popular character of Batman into the sequel, cast an incredibly controversial actor to portray him, announce the inclusion of the big-screen debut of an empowered, female super-hero, include popular villains like Lex Luthor...and on and on it goes. To stand there and think that all of this stuff happening has nothing to do with a knee-jerk reaction to MoS's profits and that all of this was planned beforehand is...hard to believe, in my opinion, and that's putting it nicely.
5:42PM on 01/13/2014
Man of Steel made over one hundred million more than the first Thor (domestically - two hundred million internatonally) and is the 5th highest grossing movie of 2013. Thor was the 10th highest of 2011. I like both films so it really doesn't matter what made what to me, but those are the facts.
Man of Steel made over one hundred million more than the first Thor (domestically - two hundred million internatonally) and is the 5th highest grossing movie of 2013. Thor was the 10th highest of 2011. I like both films so it really doesn't matter what made what to me, but those are the facts.
6:07PM on 01/13/2014
@ jackieblue62, Well I enjoyed the 1st Thor for the most part, don't get me wrong. I'm just comparing a relatively unknown (at that time) superhero like Thor, with the world-famous superhero of Superman that has been fully and intrinsically ingrained in our pop-culture for decades. With all that in mind, there's absolutely no reason for the latest Superman reboot to only gain $100 million more than Thor. Like I said, $1 billion wasn't out of the question at all. And yes, differences of $100
@ jackieblue62, Well I enjoyed the 1st Thor for the most part, don't get me wrong. I'm just comparing a relatively unknown (at that time) superhero like Thor, with the world-famous superhero of Superman that has been fully and intrinsically ingrained in our pop-culture for decades. With all that in mind, there's absolutely no reason for the latest Superman reboot to only gain $100 million more than Thor. Like I said, $1 billion wasn't out of the question at all. And yes, differences of $100 million is absolutely comparable.
3:19PM on 01/13/2014
I think doing both films back to back would probably be for the best considering everyone's busy schedules (especially Affleck). Plus, if it ends on a cliffhanger then I won't want to wait too long to see what happenes next.

Question is then, will Justice League be the first time we see Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Martian Manhunter? Seems like too many characters being introduced for the very first time (except Green Lantern...unless they recast) way too fast and in such
I think doing both films back to back would probably be for the best considering everyone's busy schedules (especially Affleck). Plus, if it ends on a cliffhanger then I won't want to wait too long to see what happenes next.

Question is then, will Justice League be the first time we see Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Martian Manhunter? Seems like too many characters being introduced for the very first time (except Green Lantern...unless they recast) way too fast and in such a short capacity. Hopefully they don't ruin the character development because I want to see these characters origins treated with care and respect.

And please bring back Reynolds for Hal Jordan. He made for a great Green Lantern and was not the reason why the film did so poorly at the box office. I just feel like Johnson could bring more to the table with his talents than being recasted as Green Lantern.
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3:54PM on 01/13/2014
I wouldn't mind more flashbacks the way MOS handled them. Was a fresher take on the origin story than what is mostly done
I wouldn't mind more flashbacks the way MOS handled them. Was a fresher take on the origin story than what is mostly done
4:48PM on 01/13/2014
I've always thought that Ryan Reynolds would have been better suited for the Wally West Flash. I was kind of disappointed when he was cast for Green Lantern knowing the Flash wouldn't then be possible. Ah well.
I've always thought that Ryan Reynolds would have been better suited for the Wally West Flash. I was kind of disappointed when he was cast for Green Lantern knowing the Flash wouldn't then be possible. Ah well.
11:26PM on 01/13/2014
Yeah. I wouldn't mind if they took the flashback approach again. That was one of the best aspects of Man of Steel.

And lister, you are right. I would have loved to have seen Reynolds as the Flash and Bradley Cooper as Green Lantern (he was on the shortlist for Green Lantern). But what's done is done.
Yeah. I wouldn't mind if they took the flashback approach again. That was one of the best aspects of Man of Steel.

And lister, you are right. I would have loved to have seen Reynolds as the Flash and Bradley Cooper as Green Lantern (he was on the shortlist for Green Lantern). But what's done is done.
2:54PM on 01/13/2014
If all of this casting is actually for two films then we can breathe a bit easier. The characters will have a lot more time to get fleshed out. Warner Bros. has successfully done the "back to back" thing before with Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, why not Superman and company?
If all of this casting is actually for two films then we can breathe a bit easier. The characters will have a lot more time to get fleshed out. Warner Bros. has successfully done the "back to back" thing before with Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, why not Superman and company?
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2:47PM on 01/13/2014

Who cares.

Not a question, a statement. Man of Steel was mediocre. Zack Snyder sucks. As long as he's involved with any more films, I just couldn't really care less. I'm not a Marvel/DC fanboy -- not a comic book fan, really -- but I'm a film fan, and I know the difference between a talented director (Nolan) and a hack (Snyder), and for me, that's really all there is to it. The Man of Steel promo campaign duped a lot of people...fool me once, shame on you. You know how it goes.
Not a question, a statement. Man of Steel was mediocre. Zack Snyder sucks. As long as he's involved with any more films, I just couldn't really care less. I'm not a Marvel/DC fanboy -- not a comic book fan, really -- but I'm a film fan, and I know the difference between a talented director (Nolan) and a hack (Snyder), and for me, that's really all there is to it. The Man of Steel promo campaign duped a lot of people...fool me once, shame on you. You know how it goes.
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2:55PM on 01/13/2014
Fully agree with you. Every time I see news about this project I just roll my eyes. Snyder is not Nolan and it's a shame these films are being relied on Goyers ideas.
Fully agree with you. Every time I see news about this project I just roll my eyes. Snyder is not Nolan and it's a shame these films are being relied on Goyers ideas.
3:01PM on 01/13/2014
Happy to see although we're in the minority that some people agree with me about Man of Steel, i thought it was terrible and the fact that Goyer and Snyder are on board with this one has made me lose all interest.
Happy to see although we're in the minority that some people agree with me about Man of Steel, i thought it was terrible and the fact that Goyer and Snyder are on board with this one has made me lose all interest.
4:32PM on 01/13/2014
Even talented directors can make mediocre movie like "Dark Knight rises" and hacks can come up with good movies like "Watchmen". Guess we will see what they will come up with. And BTW I blame Goyer´s script for the lackluster, soulless product that happened to be "Man of Steel".
Even talented directors can make mediocre movie like "Dark Knight rises" and hacks can come up with good movies like "Watchmen". Guess we will see what they will come up with. And BTW I blame Goyer´s script for the lackluster, soulless product that happened to be "Man of Steel".
12:25AM on 01/14/2014
I have to vehemently disagree with you and most of your post. MoS was very good IMO and frankly better than quite a few of of the Marvel films to date. I for one am half and half on Snyder -- while I enjoyed 300 and Dawn of the Dead I did not enjoy Watchmen but it was due tot he bland story, I thought the direction was pretty spot on. I have not seen Sucker Punch and probably won't and of course MoS was fantastic.

Nolan on the other hand has made some great moody films prior to his
I have to vehemently disagree with you and most of your post. MoS was very good IMO and frankly better than quite a few of of the Marvel films to date. I for one am half and half on Snyder -- while I enjoyed 300 and Dawn of the Dead I did not enjoy Watchmen but it was due tot he bland story, I thought the direction was pretty spot on. I have not seen Sucker Punch and probably won't and of course MoS was fantastic.

Nolan on the other hand has made some great moody films prior to his super hero work - spot on however his Batman films are lackluster for the most part. Begins was ok. Dark Knight was great but mainly due to Ledger and the pacing, direction was great but it drug on a bit. Rises was awful, just plain awful.

I completely have faith in what they are doing with the universe here though, I love the style they bring to the movies and the cast they are assembling. I think MoS was better written than the Avengers by far, Whedon is a horrible writer (not saying Goyer is better, he has written some drivel in his day too) for the most part. Sure he has some good humor and such but what made the Avengers work was the cast and the newness of the film. That movie was badly written, it will not hold up over time. I have watched it 3 times and frankly I doubt I will see it again - and I have kids in the house.

Bring on the Justice League, I just hope Goyer doesn't screw this up.
5:21AM on 01/14/2014
Hey @ShonK, i actually agree with you on your assessment of Nolan's "Batman" films but if are going to call Whedon a horrible writer and MOS terrific I really have nothing more to say to you besides everyone has an opinion and we obviously don't agree with each others.
Hey @ShonK, i actually agree with you on your assessment of Nolan's "Batman" films but if are going to call Whedon a horrible writer and MOS terrific I really have nothing more to say to you besides everyone has an opinion and we obviously don't agree with each others.
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