One of the earliest rumors swirling around Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was that it would introduce Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to the rest of the Justice League, Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). With the movie hitting theaters nationwide today, one question on fans' minds is who actually assembles the Justice League? Yahoo! Movies UK spoke with Zack Snyder, who revealed the character bringing this superhero team together. Here's what he had to say, comparing this journey to the Akira Kurosawa classic Seven Samurai.
"I'm getting ready to start Justice League on the 11th of April, so in like two weeks we start shooting, and it's an intense, awesome, and gigantic undertaking because Bruce [Wayne] is having to go out and sort of 'Seven Samurai' the Justice League together, which is fun. It's slightly monumental, and at the same time they're starting to grapple with this coming threat."
Seven Samurai is widely considered one of the most influential films of all time, following a village that brings in a group of samurai warriors to help them fight off a group of bandits. The concept has been used in a number of other classic films throughout the years, from The Magnificent Seven to Pixar's A Bug's Life. It seems that Batman will go on a bit of a journey to bring the Justice League together.
We know all the aforementioned characters will be in Justice League Part 1, along with Amy Adams as intrepid reporter Lois Lane, but it isn't known yet if Jesse Eisenberg will be back as Lex Luthor. The site also spoke with Jesse Eisenberg, who didn't seem to know if his nefarious character would return, but did tease that he could shed his evil ways in the future. Here's what he had to say.
"He has a real righteous sense of conviction, so he could turn the corner, reforming. He's dogmatic more than he's evil."
Justice League Part 1 is shooting at Leavesden studios in southeast England, and will utilize on-location shoots in London and Iceland. Contrary to believe, Justice League Part 2 will not shoot back-to-back with Part 1. But it is staying put on the DCEU release schedule for 2019. It will arrive after solo movies for The Flash and Aquaman in 2018. These movies will be followed by Cyborg, starring Ray Fisher, in 2020 and Green Lantern Corps., which doesn't have any actors attached yet. There is also a rumored Untitled Batman Reboot that will allegedly debut sometime before 2020, to be co-written and directed by Ben Affleck, but that has never been confirmed by Warner Bros. and DC. What do you think about these new details?