– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to be a consistent beast, the DC Extended Universe is one that’s full of ever-changing release dates and fluctuating expectations. While Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were both financial successes, they didn’t do a lot to gain faith among fans.

On the heels of those films, Geoff Johns was hired by DC Films as sort of the Kevin Feige of the company, whose focus would be on making the films as good as possible. In other words, there seemed to be a shift from director-focused visions to a company vision, not unlike how Marvel does things. With this shift in philosophy, many were wondering what this would mean for Zack Snyder’s future with the franchise? Would he be done after the first Justice League film?

Based on a new report from THR, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be leaving the franchise — and, in fact, it sounds as though he’ll still be sticking around to direct Justice League 2. However, instead of going directly into the film from the first Justice League, Snyder will take a break from comic book movies to focus on his long-in-development thriller called The Last Photograph, which is set in a war-torn Afghanistan.

So what does this mean for the previously-announced June 14, 2019 release date for Justice League 2? According to the outlet, it sounds like it’ll be pushed back in favor of Ben Affleck’s The Batman, which is currently in development, and rumored for an early 2017 shoot (though nothing’s been confirmed). This does seem to put things into perspective regarding the script. Most big budget films begin shooting just north of a year before it’s release date, and if The Batman is aiming for a mid-2019 release date, then that means the script won’t need to be done for well over a year, assuming they’ll need to shoot in early 2018.

All in all, it sounds as though Warner Bros. and DC Films won’t be rushing production out the front door in order to meet fan expectations. While this does make us all a bit sad that a standalone Batman film is still a ways away, it does give us a bit more faith that we’ll be getting a quality movie when all said and done.

What do you think of this news? Is pushing Justice League 2 back in favor of The Batman a good move from DC Films? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.