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Thoughts on the Justice League Full Cast Reveal

December 24, 2016 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

Raise your hand if you’re surprised! Producer Charles Roven did a Q&A recently and confirmed what critics of Warner Bros.’ DC Comics-based films suspected from the start: When Warner Bros. studio executives rolled out their highly ambitious 10-movie agenda in 2014, they didn’t have a contingency plan in case one of the projects didn’t perform as projected.

“The studio made me the producer of all the DC movies, and they announced eight,” he replied. “When we finished the [timetable], we looked at each other and said, ‘This is incredibly ambitious, but we haven’t taken into consideration if something goes wrong.’ We also hadn’t decided where we were going to shoot those movies. As difficult as it was for me to commute from Toronto to London to Italy, it became really clear I couldn’t do the job that I do as a producer [with Aquaman likely to shoot in Australia]. I’m for sure producing the sequels of the movies that I have made.”

Take The Flash, for example. It has a 2018 release and has already lost two directors with no announcement for a replacement. It’s been pointed out over and over that DC is rushing to keep pace with Marvel; forgetting that Marvel has planned and rolled out their shared cinematic universe slowly over a number of years.

Rushing into things, DC has already encountered issues with gaining critical acclaim and not quite meeting box office projections Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad found success but didn’t quite finish as strongly as expected. Still, when asked whether a potential sequel to either film might be produced on a lower budget, given the box-office receipts, Roven was clear. “Suicide Squad made almost $750 million,” he said. “Batman v Superman did $873 million. Those two movies were huge hits.”

To further illustrate the “shoot from the hip” attitude, Warner Bros. added to an already full plate by announcing a Suicide Squad spinoff with actress Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. There’s also strong rumors that they want to push forward with a Will Smith led Deadshot movie. These would join a Batman solo film directed by and starring Ben Affleck, and a Wonder Woman and Justice League movie slated over the next couple of years. Let us not forget The Flash and Aquaman, which are both on the calendar for 2018 with Shazam and a Justice League sequel slated for 2019. Oh, and a Cyborg and Green Lantern film targeted for 2020. Not to mention possible sequels to Suicide Squad and Man of Steel, and Doug Liman’s Justice League Dark.

It’s kind of a mess.

Speaking of the Justice League movie, the full cast has been revealed and it is now confirmed that Jesse Eisenberg will be returning as Lex Luthor. Warner Bros. Pictures released the cast list which includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.

Not yet confirmed as part of the official cast list but expected to be in the film are Ciarán Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amber Heard as Mera and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West.

The plot reads:

“Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”

What do you think about the Justice League cast reveal and the future of the DC cinematic universe?