This morning, Batman-News relayed a report by Entertainment Weekly that Warner Brothers Pictures has officially announced the start date of the two part Zack Snyder-directed Justice League movie, set to begin Monday, April 11, 2016.
Zack Snyder expressed his excitement for beginning work on the monumental task of bringing the League to life,
“The idea that we could begin to boot up a Justice League concept was a cool thing,” says Snyder, who also directed 2013’s Man of Steel and has become one of the key figures in shaping DC’s connected film universe."
“It was a little bit of an ‘about time’ moment, and I don’t blame [the studio] for feeling that way, because it’s a long time coming,” he said. “But I do feel like it’s a little bit of a creative hurdle. It seems like an easy thing to do at first glance, the idea that, ‘Oh, we just get the rest of the superheroes in there.’ But you have to [establish] a world where they can exist.”
The Internet greeted such news with excitement and a few "I told you so's" in reference to a recent Hitfix article and video involving Drew McWeeny who claimed several inside sources of his had told him early Batman v Superman screenings had viewers giving mixed reactions, leading to a possible chain of events beginning within Warner Bros. which would have had Justice League delayed and Ben Affleck starring in a jump-started solo Batman flick. Following this morning's news, McWeeny responded on Twitter accordingly,
Well, Mr. McWeeny sir, that is what happens when you drop a bomb of negativity on an otherwise hotly anticipated blockbuster, just a month before its release. McWeeny went on further to write a new article, doing a bit of self-salvaging damage control following WB's announcement.
"I'm sorry if you did not like it when I said that several people I spoke to had mixed reactions to a film that you're looking forward to seeing. I'm sorry not because I did anything wrong, but because it kicked off a fan-trum of epic proportions, and when I look at the last week, I see Marty and I see Scott and I see myself, and I see that you are deeply invested in wanting to see this film work. You want to see Justice League. You want to see the individual movies. You are filled with hope and you don't want anything to deflate that right now."
The fact is, a huge rumor was shamelessly passed around the Internet as a report was officially debunked, leading to the lickings of many wounds and the pounding of many hearty DC fans' chests in celebration of the continuance of a burgeoning superhero movie franchise.
With April being just over a month away, let's keep our eyes peeled for any Justice League awesomeness caught on set or released online!
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- Josh Doherty