With DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns now taking over co-leadership of the big screen DC Extended Universe, he’s already made one big change. Announcing the news on Twitter today, Johns confirmed that next year’s crossover movie, Justice League: Part One has now simply been re-titled ‘Justice League‘, despite several rumoured trademarks apparently being leaked, which would claim that the movie could have one of several subtitles such as ‘Justice League: Angels & Demons‘ and ‘Justice League: Gods Among Us‘. The movie’s release date, cast and every other element in place for the project seems to be unaffected.
While some may wonder if Warner Bros. is getting skittish about the already-planned second Justice League movie set for 2019, still referred to as ‘Justice League: Part Two‘ for now, it’s more likely that Johns simply opted to alter the first Justice League movie’s title due to the claim that the two Justice League movies have very different, mostly disconnected plotlines. Johns probably simply felt that it was misleading to pretend that the two Justice League movies were more closely linked than they actually are. To go along with this, Justice League: Part Two will probably eventually be re-titled as well, possibly with one of the rumoured title trademarks that was leaked.
Not much is known about Justice League’s storyline, with its villain also currently unknown (though it’s rumoured to be New Gods bruiser, Steppenwolf, who appeared in a deleted scene to engage with Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), though Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller’s Flash, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg are all confirmed to headline the movie. Despite being a Justice League mainstay in the comics, Green Lantern is confirmed not to appear in Justice League, though he may show up in Justice League: Part Two, and is definitely getting his own movie, Green Lantern Corps., in 2020. Amy Adams is set to reprise her role as Lois Lane in Justice League as well, alongside Jeremy Irons returning as Alfred Pennyworth, with Jesse Eisenberg rumoured to return as Lex Luthor. J.K. Simmons will make his debut in the DC Extended Universe as Commissioner Gordon in the movie, as will Amber Heard, portraying Aquaman’s better half, Mera. Willem Dafoe has also been cast in a mystery role, which is apparently not a villain role.
Justice League is set to hit theatres on November 17th, 2017.
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