The Justice League franchise is getting a manga series. The manga is titled Batman and Justice League and follows Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Aquaman protecting the world from Joker and his team of super villains.
It will be written and illustrated by Shiori Teshirogi (Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meio Shinwa Gaiden, Kieli), and published in Akita Shonen’s Champion RED magazine. It will debut in the next issue on June 19. DC Comics had previously released a minor manga based on Batman (Batman: Death Mask, Batman: Gotham Knight, Batman: The Child of Dreams), but this is the first official Japanese comic property to explore the Justice League story.
According to Anime News Network, the adaptation was first announced in March during a presentation on DC Comics media in Japan by DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson and publisher Jim Lee (Canon, Tower of the Future, King of Cards). The presentation made note of Warner Bros. Studios’ upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League films, suggesting the manga may act as advertisement for the series in the East.
The director of Justice League, Zack Snyder, and wife and producer, Deborah, recently announced they would step down from the project. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Snyder openly explained he and his wife are leaving the film’s production to recover from the passing of their 20-year-old daughter Autumn Snyder in March.
“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it,” Snyder told Hollywood Reporter. “The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming[,] and in the last two months, I’ve come to the reali[s]ation...I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me.”
Warner Bros. Studios extended an invitation to the film-making couple to continue working on future projects, including a commercial release of a science fiction novel they’re daughter was working on, and future film projects. Joss Whedon (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Cabin in the Woods) will now direct the film, which is still slated for a November 16 release.
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