Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Zack Snyder has officially signed on to direct a Justice League movie, which will begin production soon after the shooting of the Man of Steel sequel wraps up. The article says Justice League won’t be out until 2018, but I’ve seen some other sites suggest that it might be sooner. Snyder’s involvement in the film was pretty much a given, seeing as the Man of Steel sequel is set to feature most of the Justice League already, but now it’s official.
I’m not overly enthused about this, partly because Man of Steel was god awful, partly because Snyder is terrible with female characters and I’d like Wonder Woman’s first big screen appearance to actually be good and fun, and partly because Justice League following the Man of Steel sequel pushes back a possible Wonder Woman movie quite a ways. We’re talking 2020 territory now.
Speaking of which, the Wall Street Journal had some absolutely tepid quotes from Warner Bros.’ executives about Wonder Woman’s potential solo film. They write:
And while there are no plans yet for a “Justice League” spinoff featuring Ms. Gadot’s “Wonder Woman,” Warner executives said they are warm to the idea.
“That is our hope,” said Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing. “With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her.”
You can feel the enthusiasm radiating from these comments. There sure are a lot of qualifiers in that short statement from Kroll. “With the right script” and “could be viable” are some big ifs. And “no plans yet” is particularly damning. Consider the Marvel movie universe; the man in charge of Marvel’s cinematic adventures, Kevin Feige, recently said that they had plans for films through 2028. Now, most of those aren’t set in stone yet, but you can be sure that Marvel is actively working on more films than they’ve officially announced (maybe even one or two starring a lady!). From the sound of this quote, getting the ball rolling on the earliest stages of a Wonder Woman movie seems like something that won’t even start until they see how she goes over in the Man of Steel sequel and Justice League.
In the meantime, Warner Bros. is actively developing other DC properties into films, including Shazam and the Metal Men. Furthermore, Dwayne Johnson is rumoured to have a part in Justice League, maybe as the Martian Manhunter or Green Lantern, and seeing as he’s a much more bankable star than Gal Gadot, it seems likely that they’d put together a movie for him first before Wonder Woman. I assume they’re looking to do more Batman movies as well, again with a more bankable star in Ben Affleck.
So it’s not sounding great for a Wonder Woman solo film in the near future. Maybe sometime in the 2020s, providing the follow-ups to Man of Steel do well enough to warrant further expansion. Meanwhile, the Hunger Games franchise is making a bajillion dollars, and a movie about a kick ass magical princess is now the sixth most successful film of all time. But yeah, take your time, Warner Bros. You don’t want to rush into anything. Make sure it’s viable first.