Following the result of the long-running legal battle over the rights to Superman, Warner Bros. has announced its plans to move forward with the “Justice League” film. The L.A. Times reports the Warner adaptation of the DC Comics premiere super-team will likely begin shooting next year with a 2015 release date in mind. The studio plans to use “Justice League” as a launch platform for other individual franchises, contrary to the method which Marvel utilized to build “The Avengers” — which makes it unlikely for the “Justice League” film to include Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman or Zack Snyder’s version of Superman.
Since the “Justice League” film adaptation was announced, rumors have run rampant about the cast and director — at one point Ben Affleck and the Wachowskis were both rumored to direct. There are still some reports that Warner Bros. will use the film to introduce a new Batman and “The Lone Ranger” lead actor Armie Hammer may be the one to play him. Regardless, fans will likely find out more as the film begins shooting next year.