Warner Bros. confirmed earlier this week that “Man of Steel” filmmaker Zack Snyder will, in fact, unite the heroes of the Justice League for a feature film after his follow-up to the 2013 Superman movie arrives in theaters in 2016.
The question is, which heroes will be featured in the cast?
The collection of the World’s Greatest Superheros, originally known as the Justice Society of America, made their 1940 debut in “All Star Comics” No. 3. In 1960, the group was revived under the League moniker and received its own title, featuring the classic seven-member incarnation of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter.
Since then, the group has had more than 100 members, including one-shot inclusions and heroes with multiple alter egos.
When it comes to Snyder’s upcoming film, it’s a safe bet that Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman will be part of the team, as will Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, who makes her debut in the “Man of Steel” sequel, which will open May 6, 2016 (the same date staked out by Marvel for its third “Captain America” film).
Actor Ray Fisher’s recent casting as Cyborg in the “Man of Steel” sequel would bring the likely “Justice League” tally up to four, leaving, of the original seven members, the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter.
With an upcoming series on the CW, it seems like the Flash is ready for his close-up, and despite “Green Lantern’s” disappointing performance at the box office in 20111, plans have long been in the works for a sequel.
Earlier this year, Dwayne Johnson added to the growing rumors that he may take over for Ryan Reynolds in the Lantern corps, playing John Stewart, who subbed for Hal Jordan in the comics. Six months ago, he tweeted this photo with an accompanying hashtag asserting Green Lantern’s superiority to Superman.
Online rumors suggest that the Aquaman role could go to “Game of Thrones” star Jason Momoa, who reportedly signed for an unnamed role in the “Man of Steel” sequel earlier this year.
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— Justin Sullivan | @LATHeroComplex
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