CONFIRMED: Zack Snyder will follow Man of Steel sequel with Justice League

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Apr 28, 2014, 10:39 AM EDT (Updated)

We've been wondering for months if it would really happen, and now Warner Bros. has confirmed it: A Justice League movie is on the way.

Ever since Man of Steel director Zack Snyder announced at San Diego Comic-Con last year that he would unite Batman and Superman on the big screen for the first time, fans and journalists alike have been speculating that a Justice League flick couldn't be far behind. Add in the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the Man of Steel followup -- dubbed Superman vs. Batman by many in lieu of an official title -- and the reports that Ray Fisher has been cast as Cyborg in the flick, and you've got a movie that's almost a full-fledged Justice League feature already. Now a Warner Bros. executive has stopped all speculation by officially announcing that a Justice League movie is on the way. 

Ben Fritz of The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that, according to Warner Bros. president of worldwide production Greg Silverman, a Justice League movie, directed by Snyder, will follow 2016's Man of Steel sequel. 

“It will be a further expansion of this universe,” said Mr. Silverman. “’Superman vs Batman’ will lead into ‘Justice League.’”

Fritz also reported that we're "unlikely" to see this film before 2018, and that while Warners plans to make it happen, a script for the project is still "in development," which means a firm roster for the team might still be up in the air. The studio also hasn't commented on firm plans for future spinoff films yet, though Warner Bros. is at least somewhat keen on making a solo Wonder Woman movie happen ... eventually.

“With the right script, that could be viable," Warner Bros. president of worldwide marketing Sue Kroll said. "The world is ready for her.”

So we might have to wait at least four more years to see it, but Warner Bros. is finally confirming plans for its own superteam movie, even if it is coming after two Avengers films have already dropped from Marvel Studios. Some fans are already wary of Snyder being in charge of the flick after seeing Man of Steel, but hey, a real Justice League movie we can actually see on the big screen is exciting no matter who's working on it ... at least for now.

(Via WSJ)

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