Warner Bros. confirms both Zack Snyder and release date for Justice League

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Feb 24, 2016, 1:42 PM EST (Updated)

It seems like all those recent rumors about the DC Extended Universe are touching some nerves over at Warner Bros.

You may recall the Internet furor (or maybe it was more of a tempest in a teapot) that erupted last week when reports surfaced that early screenings of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had not gone as well as hoped. This led to speculation that, if the movie did not do blockbuster business at the box office, the rollout of the Justice League films would be delayed and Zack Snyder would step down as director.

Well, somebody -- or maybe a lot of somebodies -- at the studio decided that this bad buzz had to end right here, because according to EW, Warner Bros. confirmed today that Justice League: Part 1 will begin shooting on April 11 at studios and locations in England and Iceland. And yes, Zack Snyder is confirmed to direct it -- and he's also still on board for 2019's Justice League: Part 2, although the two halves will not shoot back to back.

The timing of this announcement, just weeks before Batman v Superman comes out, seems calculated to defuse the chatter that has cropped up in the last week or so. Of course, things can always still change, but Warner Bros. appears to be solidly standing behind both Snyder and the crowning jewel of its entire cinematic DC franchise. 

We'll know more after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25. As for the rest of the DC Extended Universe that's in production so far, Suicide Squad opens on Aug. 5, 2016, the now-filming Wonder Woman lands in theaters on June 23, 2017, and Justice League: Part 1 arrives Nov. 17, 2017.

Do you think today's announcement was Warner Bros' way of putting out that Justice League fire?

(via Slashfilm)