As fans continue to buzz about the connections between next year's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. and DC have been busy planning ahead. The road towards Justice League, after all, begins now.
We've recently learned that Zack Snyder - who is essentially overseeing the creation of the DC shared universe - and his team are structuring the films to center on the superhero team-up event that will star Henry Cavill's Superman, Ben Affleck's Batman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. Now we have more details on when both the Wonder Woman film and Justice League will go before cameras.
According to Empire, director Patty Jenkins (Monster) is currently prepping Wonder Woman to begin filming this fall. Meanwhile, Snyder will start production on Justice League in spring 2016, soon after Jenkins' film wraps. It would then likely complete shooting some time in the summer, and the current schedule should allow both films - which hit theaters in 2017 - plenty of lead time for post-production effects work.
While it sounds like Gadot may need to get used to wearing Diana Prince's signature armor, it's exciting to hear that the Wonder Woman film is moving along on schedule. With the character's spotty history of adaptations both for the big screen and television, fans should be pleased that Wonder Woman's day in the spotlight is getting closer. Moreover, we're already starting to learn more about what to expect from the film, which recently added Chris Pine to the cast as love interest Steve Trevor. Reactions may still be mixed on Wonder Woman's costume (and Gadot's casting, for that matter), but we'll have a more definitive impression when she makes her debut in Batman V Superman next March.
Batman V Superman's release next spring should also give us a firm idea of the dynamic between Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman, perhaps even setting up the complete team for Justice League by the time the credits roll. The ambitious slate of films DC has in store for fans and the shape this shared universe will eventually take may still be shrouded in mystery, but the plan appears to be working out nicely so far. Considering just how long DC and Warner Bros. kept us all wondering when they'd embrace a more complete depiction of the DC Comics world, the answers appear to be right around the corner.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.