MAN OF STEEL to Open Door for Other DC Characters; Christopher Nolan NOT Involved with JUSTICE LEAGUE

     April 11, 2013


Warner Bros. has a potential goldmine with the DC Comics license, but their attempts at moving forward on superhero projects have stalled.  Films featuring The Flash and Wonder Woman are stuck in development hell, and the recent script for Justice League had to be scrapped.  So it’s all going to fall on the broad shoulders of Superman.  In a recent interview, Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov says that Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel is “setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it’s definitely a first step.”

Hit the jump for more including a dismissal of a recent rumor regarding Christopher Nolan and Justice League.

man of steel poster comic conSpeaking to EW, Robinov says that the self-contained world of The Dark Knight trilogy will be left behind, and Man of Steel will begin to open up a DC Movie Universe:

“I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world,” he said. “[Nolan’s] Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”

Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer explains:

“One of the things we dealt with on the Batman films is, Chris dislikes it when you plan something, when you say, ‘I’m going to follow this up in the next film,” Goyer tells EW. “He’s always said put everything you have into this film and then worry about the next film later. That gives the film it’s own integrity as opposed to being part of an overall plan. So of course the comic book fans, it’s hard not to think about [crossovers] but I, having done three Batman films and worked in that way, it’s definitely the approach we took with Man of Steel.”

the-dark-knight-rises-final-posterBut when it comes to tying back to The Dark Knight trilogy, Robinov sounds like it could be completely separate from the inevitable Batman reboot or any other super hero movies that may want to reference it:

“They do. Or they did,” [Emphasis EW] with a change of tense that should rouse the attention of fanboys everywhere. “Where we go in the future is a whole other conversation.”

I’ll leave you to speculate on what he meant.  Personally, I think those movies are completely left behind along with every other DC movie such as Superman Returns and Green Lantern.  This should be a clean slate starting from Man of Steel.

Robinov also completely blew apart the rumor that Nolan was producing Justice League and would get Christian Bale back to play Batman:

“No, no it’s not.” (Nolan’s reps, who have previously declined to comment on that rumor, also confirmed Robinov’s statement and told EW that he definitely wasn’t involved with Justice League. Nolan is currently busy prepping his sci-fi film Interstellar.)

justice-league-movieBut the question still remains: Is Justice League in the near future, or is Warner Bros. changing their strategy and going with the Marvel approach of building individual movies to get to the big crossover?  Says Robinov:

“We’ll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making,” Robinov said.

Hopefully, that movie will involve going with individual movies rather than jumping ahead to Justice League.  Yes, Warners will be accused to copying Marvel, but if it isn’t broke, why fix it?  If the studio tries to move from Man of Steel, then they need to explain at least four characters: Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and The Flash.  Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, and Hawkgirl could also conceivably be in the mix.  That’s a lot of characters, and even if you’re already familiar with some of the Justice League members, they still need space to develop their own personalities before being tossed into a team dynamic.  Since movies for Batman and Green Lantern are still too recent, I’m crossing my fingers for the announcement of fast tracking Wonder Woman and The Flash.


  • The Real Bruce LeeRoy

    SMDH! WB’s just not getting it! How dose this work? If whatever comes
    after superman isn’t up to par Then What?! This will backfire just saying.

    • This shall fail

      With Nolan out of the equation there’s still hope this may work.

    • Kostas

      The problem here is WB inadequacy of organizing a shared DC cinematic universe and unique ability to f**k up franchises by doing all the wrong things. I would rather see a shared universe with superman – batman – flash – wonder woman – green lantern – justice league possible aquaman and martian man hunter trilogies than getting only batman trilogy than has its own universe. F**k Nolans stand alone Batman films. PURE FANS AND NOT NOLAN FANS WANTS A SHARED DC CINEMATIC UNIVERSE IF YOU CANT BRING IT THEN QUIT.

  • Person

    Well since they already screwed up on casting Reynolds as the Flash, keep him as GL, cast a new Batman (I honestly have no idea who they could get for that), Gina Carano as Wonder Woman (since she seems to be the most popular choice), and as for Flash… I could see Bradley Cooper doing it if he’s within budget.

    But in all honesty, this is pointless. Justice League won’t be in theaters for at least another three years, and if it’s even mediocre I’ll be impressed. I didn’t even think Avengers was all that amazing but it was still solid and entertaining, I’ll be happily surprised if JL is even half of that.

  • scott

    I laugh at the fans who want JGL as batman ……he’s not fit to be batman.

    • This shall fail

      By the emo standards set by Nolan JGL is perfect. Batman just has to be a wimp, crybaby quitter who’s only capable of being batman for a year total.

      • Rich woa

        I would be a cry baby too if I had to go against Joker. Bane…not so much.

  • G-man

    Am I the only person who thinks ryan gosling would make a great batman? maybe an even better bruce wayne…

    • Clay

      For some reason I can’t see him being the Batman half of the equation, but absolutely Bruce Wayne.

      • Hunter

        I think Michael Fassbender could be a really great batman/bruce, but I doubt he would since he is already playing Magneto.

    • Weeks

      I think Luke Evans could make a good Bruce Wayne.

    • Phoenix

      I always thought that Josh Hartnett would make a decent Bruce Wayne/Batman. It’ll be completely different than what Christian Bale did with the character, which is exactly what WB needs for a JL movie.

    • LEM

      Gosling? no I can’t see that but maybe Karl Urban.

      • Rich woa

        You could make the case for Karl Urban with his recent outing as Dredd. He nailed that pretty good with his mouth.

      • Mario Pimienta

        i though the same about Karl Urban as batman, and my friends told me that im crazy, but he definitely could pull it off

  • Wega

    it might sound absurd to say you can build upon the Green Lantern fiasco. But I think the only good thing about having made a Ryan Reynolds GL movie is that now you can go all the way (the Parallax way) and turn it into a villain. Enter Kyle Rayner. In the future you can glimpse The Final Night.

  • This shall fail

    I don’t want to be contrarian but Nolan is the worst hack filmmaker who ever lived and this movie will finally derail his unwarranted hypetrain. Amen!

  • spongefist

    Green Lantern was a FAR better movie than TDKR. It needs a sequel. It just died in it’s ass because all the nerds tried to be cool by dissing it, and the dissing gained momentum which was totally unfounded.

    The problem with many of the DC characters is that they are as boring as shit. The flash, who gives a shit, aquaman who gives a shit and so on.

    Wonderwoman is kind of cool but needs a miracle to go well on the big screen.

    Fact session finished.

  • Anonymous

    in the long run Nolan was an overall bad investment and a waste of timeIMO the only movie that really worked was the Dark Knight and that was due to choice of villain …all the others were 2nd or 3rd stringers. Marvel released Iron Man the same year as Dark Knight with a plan…5 years ago….DC and WB made good money with batman since 2005 but the ball was dropped ….Green Lantern had a good star and elements and they dropped the ball..who was even the villain in tht flick?…heck Avengers is actually overated but it at leat delivered the goods and built an event over the years … and do the DC characters have the same personality the ones from Marvel have to even engage us

    • Toope

      What on earth are you talking about you idiot? What color is the sky on your planet? Did you see how much Money Nolan made for WB?

    • sense 11

      Batman Begins
      Total Lifetime Grosses
      Domestic: $206,852,432
      + Foreign: $167,366,241
      = Worldwide: $374,218,673

      The Dark Knight
      Total Lifetime Grosses
      Domestic: $534,858,444
      + Foreign: $469,700,000
      = Worldwide: $1,004,558,444

      The Dark Knight Rises
      Total Lifetime Grosses
      Domestic: $448,139,099
      + Foreign: $632,902,188
      = Worldwide: $1,081,041,287

      TOTAL WORLDWIDE TRILOGY GROSS = $ 2,459,818,404.00

      what was that moronic statement again friendo?
      bad investment my ass

      • Rich woa

        Thanks for the stats. It’s ridicules that Batman Begins had such a low income(still did awesome) compared to the other two. I do remember seeing it in the movie but I guess it wasnt marketed properly? Wonder what happened.

      • Kostas


        Batman begins was good. TDK was good BUT OVERRATED and TDKR was the worst of them all and ALSO OVERRATED.

        I’d take a shared DC cinematic universe over Nolans stand alones a thousand times.

      • matt

        Batman Begins also did not do as well because it had been a while since the last Batman movie which most people would agree was not very good.

        Some of the credit for the huge grosses of TDK should be given to Batman Begins since a lot of people saw it after it was released on home video that did not see it in the theater and it got them excited for what was to come.

  • Dobby

    C’mon guys. We all know Rubinov is an idiot who changes his mind like the wind and jumps the minute significant talent looks at him. Everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt. He’s not even going to be in this job in 6 months. He’s a worthless bean counter. The Legendary people hate him, and they wield the power at WB now.

  • Toope

    There sure are some stupid people on this page


      The most factual statement/comment on this whole thread.

    • Lama

      where’s the ‘like’ button??

  • Patrick

    The problem with the DC universe was articulated by Joss Whedon. I didn’t even realize it until he said it. The DC superheroes are TOO super. Most of them are essentially weapons of mass destruction. Several have the ability to demolish entire planets.

    Where is the threat? To create a viable threat, you have to go pretty deep into the comic book lore, and that is a turnoff to casual fans.

    This is the disconnect that is starting to hurt Sci-Fi, comics, et al movies. The movie that will satisfy the casual fans is a turn off to the Fanboys. And a movie that satisfies the fanboys will not be accessible to the masses.

  • Mickey

    it makes sense now. Nolan put everything he had into the dark knight and he didnt have anything left in the tank for rises.

  • Nolan Hack Fraud

    It seems at long last that the haters have triumphed and people recognize Nolan as the hack he is. Hazzuh!

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