Justice League, Part One no more.
As has been rumored for some time, Zack Snyder’s follow-up to this year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will get a name change before it hits theaters next year — kind of. Originally announced as Justice League, Part One, the actual title of the movie will be… Justice League.
The “new” title was revealed by DC chief creative officer (and newly installed co-head of DC Films) Geoff Johns on Twitter this weekend. “Clearing up any misconceptions — the Justice League movie is called ‘Justice League,'” he tweeted.
The title revision follows screenwriter Chris Terrio suggesting that the movie would be less the first half of a story, and more the conclusion of an origin trilogy started with 2013’s Man of Steel.
“I do think from Man of Steel through Justice League, it is one saga really,” Terrio said in a March interview, saying that the latter movie would “try to lift us… into a different tonal place” following the downbeat conclusion of Batman v. Superman.
With the slight change, the title of the Nov. 17, 2017 release now matches the opening storyline of 2011’s Justice League comic book series, which told the story of how the group was formed in order to deal with an alien invasion led by the forces of Darkseid, a fan-favorite character created by Jack Kirby whose presence was hinted at in Batman v. Superman.
Justice League isn’t the only two-part superhero movie to undergo a name change between announcement and release; last month, the Russo brothers said that Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War would also be retitled, because “the two movies are two very different movies.”