The guys over at Latino-Review have run a rather interesting rumor today, one that suggests that Warner Brothers plan to shoot the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman movie back-to-back with the inevitable Justice League movie. This makes sense of all the rumors of characters ranging from Aquaman to Dwayne Johnson as Green Lantern to even the Martian Manhunter appearing. Although not explicitly stated in the original report, this does seem to suggest that Zack Snyder will be directing both films, and David S. Goyer will probably write it as well, which seems to squash any suggestion that Affleck himself might direct.
Many sequels have filmed this way in the recent past, like the Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, and of course The Hobbit films. The reasons for this? According to the original story, it’s “to maximize everyone’s schedules. Ben Affleck is a busy man, Henry Cavill is in demand, and (Dwayne) Johnson is a workaholic. Not to mention Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and the rest of the unannounced cast are no slouches either.”
Another reason is said to be, “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.” Right now, 2015 is literally overflowing with high profile blockbusters, but 2016 is a little less insane: we have X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day 2, a couple of Marvel Studios movies, Amazing Spider-Man 3, Finding Dory… OK, it’s still an insane slate, but slightly less so than next year. Justice League might want to stake a claim on a weekend that summer sooner rather than later.
According to the original report, “This would also explain the abundance of characters we keep hearing linked to BvS, and should also soothe the fears of folks that think it’s going to be too loaded a film. In essence, all this talk of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Nightwing, Flash, Green Lantern, etc. might all just be leading to a single gigantic group cameo before the credits roll, starting a fever pitch of anticipation for Justice League in 2016.” My own personal opinion is that with the big deal made of Gal Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman, she’ll have a more sizable part in BvS than a cameo. If this is indeed true, expect a panel at Comic-Con that will dwarf everyone else’s.