Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like the sky might be falling for WB, based on a report from HitFix's Drew McWeeny that the studio was unhappy with the reactions they had received from screening Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which garnered a mixed response. McWeeny had posited that if Batman v Superman failed to make a big splash at the box office, director Zack Snyder would likely end up removed from the upcoming Justice League production and the studio would instead accelerate a standalone Ben Affleck-led Batman feature in its place.
This certainly got the internet tied up in knots, to say the least.
Whether as damage control by the studio or not, Snyder and WB revealed to Entertainment Weekly that Justice League - Part 1 will officially begin filming on April 11th:
“The idea that we could begin to boot up a Justice League concept was a cool thing,” says Snyder. “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.”
This slots production of the first Justice League film just two weeks after the debut of Batman v Superman. It's possible that WB could still pull the plug if BvS performs miserably with theater-goers. But the likelihood of that seems rather slim. At the very worst, the film should easily open to big numbers (WB is probably hoping for something north of $150 million), it's more a question of can it sustain them for subsequent weeks? That, of course, depends on word of mouth.
But, at this point, Snyder is still a go and so is the first Justice League film. At least for now.