Justice League movie to film at UK studio
Warners’ upcoming superhero movie Justice League – Part One will start filming near London from this April.
Production will be based at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden north-west of London, reports Entertainment Weekly. The studio was the home of the Harry Potter franchise and, more recently, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Justice League – Part One will feature a raft of superhero characters from DC’s comic book canon, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Aquaman.
Warner Bros. is developing its own cinematic universe as it chases the success Marvel has had with the Avengers. Warner Bros. is currently filming its standalone Wonder Woman feature in London, but its previous films have been based in North America.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (pictured) filmed largely in Michigan and will be released in the next few weeks. Suicide Squad showcases many of DC’s most iconic villains – including The Joker – and was shot in Toronto. The film is released this summer.
Warner Bros. has announced eight superhero movies for the next four years. All will be big-budget tent-pole releases and will need to base themselves in an international production hub. This immediately puts London on the shortlist for future shoots.
Marvel has a long history of UK-based production with the likes of the Avengers movies and the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. However, with the exception of a UK shoot for Doctor Strange, Marvel seems committed to US production hub Atlanta for the foreseeable future, while parent company Disney bases the Star Wars franchise at Pinewood Studios west of London.
For more on filming in the UK see our production guide.