Henry Cavill, Man of Steel

Warner Bros.

DC Comics is giving Marvel a run for its money.

In the vein of Marvel's superhero-studded The Avengers, a Justice League movie directed by Zack Snyder is in the works. Henry Cavill is expected to reprise his role as Superman, along with Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, who play Batman and Wonder Woman, respectively, in 2016's Man of Steel sequel. "It will be a further expansion of this universe," Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. president of worldwide production, told The Wall Street Journal Sunday. "Superman vs. Batman will lead into Justice League."

Silverman would not comment on additional heroes that might appear. Other DC Comics characters who have been in Justice League comic books include Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter. Other heroes—including Black Canary, Green Arrow and Hawkman—floated in and out of the series. Ryan Reynolds played Green Lantern in 2011, and Stephen Amell currently plays Green Arrow in The CW's Arrow. Grant Gustin recently taped a Flash pilot for the younger-skewing network.

There's no set release date and no set script for Justice League. And while there are no current plans for a spinoff featuring Wonder Woman, Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing, is optimistic. "That is our hope," she said. "With the right script, that could be viable. The world is ready for her."

The Man of Steel sequel—tentatively titled Superman vs. Batman—arrives in theaters May 6, 2016.

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