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An untitled Justice League sequel (otherwise known as Justice League 2) is an upcoming sequel to the 2017 film Justice League.

Cast

Production

In February 2007, it was announced that Warner Bros hired husband and wife duo Michele and Kieran Mulroney to write a script for a Justice League film.[3] The news came around the same that Joss Whedon's long-developed Wonder Woman film had been canceled,[4] as well as The Flash, written and directed by David S. Goyer.[5] Reportedly titled Justice League: Mortal,[6] Michele and Kiernan Mulroney submitted their script to Warner Bros. in June 2007, receiving positive feedback,[7] which prompted the studio to immediately fast track production in the hopes of filming to begin before the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike.[8] Warner Bros. was less willing to proceed on development with a sequel to Superman Returns, having been disappointed with the box office return. Brandon Routh was not approached to reprise the role of Superman in Justice League: Mortal,[9] nor was Christian Bale from Batman Begins.[10] Warner Bros. intended for Justice League: Mortal to be the start of a new film franchise, and to branch out into separate sequels and spin-offs. Shortly after filming finished with The Dark Knight,[11] Bale stated in an interview that "It’d be better if it doesn't tread on the toes of what our Batman series is doing," though he personally felt it would make more sense for Warner Bros. to release the film after The Dark Knight Rises.[10] Jason Reitman was the original choice to direct Justice League, but he turned it down, as he considers himself an independent filmmaker and prefers to stay out of big budget superhero films.[12] George Miller signed to direct in September 2007,[8] with Barrie Osbourne producing[13] on a projected $220 million budget.[14]

The following month roughly 40 actors and actresses were auditioning for the ensemble superhero roles, among them were Joseph Cross, Michael Angarano, Max Thieriot, Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Porter. Miller intended to cast younger actors as he wanted them to "grow" into their roles over the course of several films.[11] D. J. Cotrona was cast as Superman,[15] along with Armie Hammer as Batman.[16] Jessica Biel reportedly declined the Wonder Woman role after being in negotiations.[17] The character was also linked to actresses Teresa Palmer and Shannyn Sossamon, along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who confirmed that she had auditioned.[18] Ultimately/ Megan Gale was cast as Wonder Woman,[19] while Palmer was cast as Talia al Ghul, whom Miller had in mind to act with a Russian accent.[20] The script for Justice League: Mortal would have featured the John Stewart character as the Green Lantern, a role originally offered to Columbus Short.[21] Hip hop recording artist and rapper Common was cast,[22] with Adam Brody as Barry Allen / The Flash,[23] and Jay Baruchel as the lead villain, Maxwell Lord.[24] Longtime Miller collaborator Hugh Keays-Byrne had been cast in an unnamed role, rumored to be Martian Manhunter. Aquaman had yet to be cast.[11][14] Marit Allen was hired as the original costume designer before her untimely death in November 2007,[25] and the responsibilities were assumed by Weta Workshop.[26]

However, the Writers Strike began that same month and placed the film on hold. Warner Bros. had to let the options lapse for the cast,[27] but development was fast tracked once more in February 2008 when the strike ended. Warner Bros. and Miller wanted to start filming immediately,[28] but production was pushed back three months.[15] Originally, the majority of Justice League: Mortal would be shot at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney,with other locations scouted nearby at local colleges,[13] and Sydney Heads doubling for Happy Harbor.[6] The Australian Film Commission was also had a say with casting choices, giving way for George Miller to cast Gale, Palmer and Keays-Bryne, all Australian natives. The production crew was entirely comprises Australians, but the Australian government denied Warner Bros. a 40 percent tax rebate as they felt they had not hired enough Australian actors.[14][29] Miller was frustrated, stating that "A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Australian film industry is being frittered away because of very lazy thinking. They're throwing away hundreds of millions of dollars of investment that the rest of the world is competing for and, much more significantly, highly skilled creative jobs."[30] Production offices were then moved to Vancouver Film Studios in Canada. Filming was pushed back to July 2008, while Warner Bros was still confident they could release the film for a summer 2009 release.[31][32]

With production delays continuing, and the success of The Dark Knight in July 2008[33] Warner Bros. decided to focus on development of individual films featuring the main heroes, allowing director Christopher Nolan to separately complete his Batman trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. Gregory Noveck, senior vice president of creative affairs for DC Entertainment stated "we’re going to make a Justice League movie, whether it’s now or 10 years from now. But we’re not going to do it and Warners is not going to do it until we know it’s right.”[34] Actor Adam Brody joked "They [Warner Brothers] just didn’t want to cross their streams with a whole bunch of Batmans in the universe."[35] Warner Bros. relaunched development for the solo Green Lantern film, released in 2011 as a critical and financial failure. Meanwhile, film adaptations for the The Flash and Wonder Woman continued to languish in development while filming for a Superman reboot was commencing in 2011 with Man of Steel, produced by Nolan and written by Batman screenwriter David S. Goyer. Shortly after filming had finished for Man of Steel, Warner Bros hired Will Beall to script a new Justice League film. [36] Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov explained that Man of Steel would be "setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it's definitely a first step."[37] The film included references to the existence of other superheroes in the DC Universe,[38] and setting the tone for a shared fictional universe of DC Comics characters on film.[39] Goyer stated should Green Lantern appear in a future installment, that it would be a rebooted version of the character and not connected to the 2011 film.[40] With the release of Man of Steel in June 2013, Goyer was hired to write a sequel, as well as a new Justice League, with the Beall draft being scrapped.[41] The sequel was later revealed to be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a team up film featuring Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg in a minor role that will become more significant in leading up to the proposed Justice League film. The universe is separate from Nolan and Goyer's work on The Dark Knight trilogy, although Nolan is still involved as an executive producer for Batman v Superman.[42] In April 2014, it was announced that Zack Snyder would also be directing Goyer's Justice League script.[43] Warner Bros. was reportedly courting Chris Terrio to rewrite Justice League the following July, after having been impressed with his rewrite of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[44] On October 15, 2014, Warner Bros. announced the film would be released in two parts, with Part One releasing on November 17, 2017, and Part Two on June 14, 2019 with Snyder directing both films.[45]

In March 2016, producer Charles Roven said that Green Lantern would not appear in any film before Justice League Part Two, and stated that they "could put Green Lantern in some introduction in Justice League 2, or barring that, a movie after."[46] Also in March, Chris Terrio spoke in an interview and revealed that he may not write Part Two.[47]

In December 2017, it was reported that there were "no immediate plans" for Snyder to direct the sequel, or any other DC films, with he instead being relegated to an executive producer position. This came after a reshuffling of film production staff at Warner Bros. due to the film's financial performance.[48]

Release

The untitled Justice League sequel is currently off release scheduled. It was previously scheduled to be released on June 14, 2019. [49]

Appearances

Locations

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Sentient Species

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Organizations

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References

  1. "DC movies release date calendar" - Entertainment Weekly
  2. "Zack Snyder Firming Up Post-'Justice League' Plans with 'The Last Photograph' (Exclusive)" - The Hollywood Reporter
  3. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117960018
  4. http://www.mtv.com/news/1551562/joss-whedon-wont-write-direct-wonder-woman-despite-doing-a-lot-of-legwork
  5. http://blog.moviefone.com/2007/02/03/david-goyer-booted-off-the-flash/
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117983131
  7. { http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117967042
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117972369
  9. http://www.collider.com/entertainment/interviews/article.asp/aid/7675/tcid/1
  10. 10.0 10.1 www.iesb.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3109&Itemid=99
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 author = Borys Kit | title = The Vine: Young actors seek Justice | work = The Hollywood Reporter | date = October 15, 2007
  12. http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/04/10/jason-reitman-turns-down-justice-league/
  13. 13.0 13.1 title = Sydney mooted as location for Megan Gale's Wonder Woman flick | work = The Daily Telegraph | date = February 20, 2008
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Garry Maddox | title = Unhappy feet may flee Sydney | work = The Sydney Morning Herald | date = February 25, 2008
  15. 15.0 15.1 author = Michael Cieply | title = A Film’s Superheroes Face Threat of Strike | work = The New York Times | date = March 1, 2008 }}
  16. http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/marc_malkin/b30975_holy_double_take_batman_here_comes_new.html
  17. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117972674
  18. https://web.archive.org/web/20080325130525/http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2007/10/26/mary-elizabeth-winstead-envisions-bulking-up-for-wonder-woman
  19. http://www.variety.com/VR1117979189
  20. author =Jami Philbrick|title=Exclusive: Teresa Palmer Still Wants to Play Talia Al Ghul in 'The Dark Knight Rises'|publisher=Movieweb.com|date=November 20, 2010
  21. http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2007/10/30/columbus-short-turns-down-lantern-ring-for-justice-league/
  22. http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/02/08/exclusive-common-confirms-hes-green-lantern-in-justice-league/
  23. http://splashpage.mtv.com/2009/09/02/adam-brody-remembers-his-justice-league-flash-suit-before-the-project-sprinted-away-forever
  24. joblo.com/jay-talks-jla-and-seth
  25. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117976802
  26. | author = Tom Cardy | title = Weta triumphs in clash of the superheroes | work = The Dominion Post | date = January 7, 2008
  27. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117979263
  28. | author = Andrew Hornery | title = Gale is lassoed for film | work = The Sydney Morning Herald | date = February 9, 2008
  29. http://www.vulture.com/2010/10/armie_hammer_interview.html
  30. Garry Maddox - Mega movie refused rebate | The Sydney Morning Herald March 19, 2008
  31. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117981504
  32. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117981560
  33. http://splashpage.mtv.com/2009/03/09/exclusive-justice-league-movie-still-a-possibility-says-director-just-not-anytime-soon/
  34. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117990659
  35. http://www.heyuguys.com/adam-brody-interview-justice-league-and-some-girls/
  36. https://variety.com/2012/film/news/beall-writing-justice-league-for-warner-bros-1118055082/
  37. http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/04/11/man-of-steel-dc-comics-superhero-movies/
  38. http://batman-news.com/2013/04/23/man-of-steel-director-zack-snyder-promises-references-to-dc-universe/
  39. http://screenrant.com/superman-man-of-steel-shared-universe/
  40. http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/06/13/david-goyer-tells-me-how-man-of-steels-story-causes-the-justice-league-movie/
  41. http://deadline.com/2013/06/man-of-steel-sequel-underway-with-zack-snyder-and-david-s-goyer-517621/%7C
  42. http://www.heyuguys.com/david-goyer-justice-league-movie/
  43. http://variety.com/2014/film/news/zack-snyder-to-direct-justice-league-movie-1201165409/
  44. http://deadline.com/2014/07/comic-con-batman-v-superman-chris-terrio-justice-league-809843
  45. http://www.slashfilm.com/dc-movie-slate-revealed/
  46. http://www.ew.com/article/2016/03/03/batman-v-superman-dawn-justice-green-lantern-dc-movie-universe/2
  47. http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2016/03/11/inside-chris-terrios-vision-for-batman-superman-and-justice-league
  48. http://www.businessinsider.com/justice-league-reportedly-last-dc-comics-movie-zack-snyder-will-direct-2017-12
  49. https://www.slashfilm.com/dc-movie-slate-revealed/

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