There are only a few weeks until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters on March 25, but Warner Bros. has given the greenlight for justice to, well, dawn. The Justice League Part One will enter filming on April 11, according to Entertainment Weekly. Zack Snyder, the director of Batman v Superman, will direct both Justice League features despite rumors regarding Warner Bros. looking for another filmmaker to helm the ambitious project.
“It was a little bit of an ‘about time’ moment, and I don’t blame [the studio] for feeling that way, because it’s a long time coming,” Snyder told EW. “But I do feel like it’s a little bit of a creative hurdle. It seems like an easy thing to do at first glance, the idea that, ‘Oh, we just get the rest of the superheroes in there.’ But you have to [establish] a world where they can exist.”
Indeed, Justice League has been in the works at Warner Bros. for quite a while. Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was once attached to the project in 2007, a year before Marvel ushered in a new era for universe-sprawling cinema with Iron Man.
Though Snyder had been signed on to direct since 2014, the studio got cold feet about Snyder and his grim and gritty aesthetics after Deadpool proved audiences may want the opposite. At the very least, EW also confirms Dawn of Justice will feature cameos with Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg, who are all generally less brooding and mopey than Batman.
Justice League will begin shooting at Warner Bros.’ England studios on April 11 for a theatrical release on November 17, 2017.