JUSTICE LEAGUE 2 Won’t Arrive Before Ben Affleck’s THE BATMAN

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According to a new report over at The Hollywood Reporter

After wrapping Justice League, Snyder is not tackling Justice League 2, as was the initial plan, but rather is focusing his attention on his long-in-development thriller The Last Photograph.

Snyder is still intent on directing Justice League 2, but that movie has been pushed back to make room for Ben Affleck’s Batman stand-alone movie. 

Alright, first of all: what is The Last Photograph? According to THR, the film - which once had Christian Bale and Sean Penn attached to star, though it's unclear if that's still the case - will revolve around "a war correspondent in Afghanistan who is the only one to survive an attack on a group of Americans. When a special ops soldier in search of a family member shows up, the two team up, with the correspondent hoping to score the story of his life". An interesting deviation for Snyder, in other words.

Secondly: the general consensus on this news seems to be that Warner Bros.' faith in Snyder has taken a hit, either in response to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice or whatever he's done with Justice League, and that now they're putting some distance between him and the franchise ... and, indeed, that this may be the first step towards Snyder not making Justice League 2 at all. 

As far as conspiracy theories go, that's a pretty good one, but who knows? Maybe they're just really, really determined to focus their efforts on getting another solo Batman film (read: ka-ching) into theaters. Maybe Snyder wants a break from the DCU. Maybe they're right and this is the beginning of that break-up. We certainly don't know, but of course this kind of inside-baseball stuff is fun to speculate on.

Anyway, the gameplan now is to have Justice League in theaters this coming November, followed sometime thereafter by The Batman, and then Justice League 2 sometime after that. James Wan's Aquaman, it's worth noting, is still on track for a July 27, 2018 release date. 

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