Marvel Studios is accomplishing an unprecedented feat with Avengers Initiative, a three phase franchise highlighting individual stories around their most recognizable heroes and then combining them into action-packed team-ups against powerful adversaries. It begs the question what is DC Comics Studios doing to respond to Marvel’s incredible undertaking? The answer lies in the hands of director Zack Snyder, who rebooted the Superman franchise last year with his summer blockbuster “Man of Steel.”
In 2016, he will follow up with a sequel of historic proportions in the untitled “Superman-Batman” project, who some like to refer to as Superman vs. Batman, starring Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Lawrence Fishburne as Perry White and Jeromey Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. Last night, confirmation was given that Zack Snyder will direct the sequel to the “Superman-Batman” project and it is the project that comic book fans have been waiting for for years: “Justice League.”
Though not as detailed and as well-planned out as Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, a live-action “Justice League” film is as historic for DC as its upcoming “Superman-Batman” project, which does have the makings to springboard into a “Justice League” film. Though there is little information as to whether or not individual characters, such as Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman or Ben Affleck’s iteration of Batman, will get their own films in the future, it is clear that DC wants to follow its own path and not imitate what Marvel is accomplishing and they trust Zack Snyder to helm this project going into the future.
Though at this point, details about who can be seen in the “Justice League” movie, aside from Cavill, Affleck, Gadot and possibly newcomer Ray Fisher as Victor Stone a.k.a. Cyborg, are unknown, a good precursor for what is to come could be through the “Superman-Batman” project, which will arrive in theaters on May 6, 2016 and “Justice League” will follow in 2018.