Seemingly putting to rest worries that Warner Bros. may lack confidence in its DC Films plan, Entertainment Weekly reports Justice League — Part One will begin filming April 11th in the United Kingdom.
In the last few weeks, online commentators suggested the studio may be unsure of director Zack Snyder following early screenings of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. According to these reports, the studio was considering delaying Justice League in favor of a Ben Affleck-fronted Batman solo film to establish a new tone for the DC Films initiative.
Though not commenting on the online uproar, Snyder told EW, "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."
Warner Bros. has been interested in a Justice League project for some time. It nearly happened under the direction of Mad Max filmmaker George Miller in 2007. Justice League: Mortal would've seen Armie Hammer introduced as Batman, Common as Green Lantern, and Mad Max: Fury Road's Megan Gale as Wonder Woman among a few other characters.
But team films were unproven at the time and the project was delayed during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild strike. In the wake of The Dark Knight's success, the film was scrapped with the intention of creating solo films for each member of the League.
Even now, with Marvel proving team films can work, Snyder said mounting a Justice League film is not an easy task. "I do feel like it's a little bit of a creative hurdle," he said. "You have to [establish] a world where they can exist."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will presumably establish that tone when it is released on March 25th. Justice League — Part One will arrive on November 17th, 2017.