Next year, after a long time of staying dormant in the building of an inter-connected universe as Marvel has been continually building there’s up, Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment will be coming out of the gate swinging with two highly anticipated blockbusters. In March, they will release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a film pitting perhaps the world’s most well-known and iconic superheroes against each other. In August, they’ll follow that up with Suicide Squad, a film that will give life to many prominent DC Comics characters for the first time on film, along with new incarnations of old favorites.
Still, the director who’s helming both Batman v Superman and the eventual Justice League team-up film has bigger plans in store for all of the characters of the DC Comics Universe, all culminating in the formation of the team featuring the “World’s Greatest Heroes.” In the latest issue of Empire (via Collider), new, behind-the-scenes images for the upcoming crossover film were revealed, as well as Snyder’s first major comments on the formation of a universe inhabited with the likes of the Man of Steel, the Dark Knight, and the other heroes of the Justice League. On the topic of world-building, Snyder said,
What we are doing is ground up all the way. It is one giant story. The first thing we had was the Justice League concept. The other movies, in a way, have to support that. That is our Wonder Woman, our Aquaman. They have their own creative concepts that supports them, but they do serve Justice League in the coming together of those heroes. I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe. I have given everyone amazing access to our story, to me, and what we are doing. All the films have like minded conceptual jumping on points.
Snyder also talked about the effect that Superman’s arrival has on, who we understand, is the longest-serving member of this universe: Batman. The Dark Knight is a character who is built on a shadowed philosophy of survival and humanity, and the arrival of a powerful being like the Man of Steel shakes Bruce Wayne to his very foundations.
We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter.
With the presence across both 2016 films of characters like the Joker, Lex Luthor, Amanda Waller, Mercy Graves, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, and others, the DC cinematic universe is already being populated by a wide variety of DC’s best and most lethal villains, all with varying levels of power. While we’ll likely have to wait until the release of one — or both — of the 2016 offerings to learn which villain brings the Justice League together, the filmmakers are certainly populating the universe with plenty of worthy antagonists for the heroes. This is also before we know for certain exactly who will be facing off against the title heroes in films like Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, James Wan’s Aquaman, or other forthcoming entries like Cyborg or Green Lantern Corps.
Check out the newly-released photos of Batman v Superman below.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will release on March 25th, 2016, with Suicide Squad following on August 5th. Wonder Woman and Justice League: Part One are scheduled for release in 2017, with The Flash and Aquaman following in 2018, Shazam! and Justice League: Part Two in 2019, Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps in 2020, and a solo Batman film rumored for around the same period.
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