Zack Snyder Changes His Tune Regarding the Relationship of MAN OF STEEL to JUSTICE LEAGUE

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Zack Snyder comments have changed yet again on how his new Superman film, Man of Steel, would relate to Warner Bros.’ planned Justice League movie.  In March, he said Justice League‘s Superman and Batman would be different than the ones from Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Trilogy.  Then at Comic-Con, Snyder played coy and said they were just trying to get Superman’s house in order, and then see where it went from there.  Since then, Warner Bros. has set a summer 2015 release date for Justice League, and Man of Steel continues to fly towards its summer 2013 release.  In a recent interview, Snyder’s latest comments make Man of Steel sound closer to Justice League than ever before.

Hit the jump for more.  Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14, 2013.

superman-man-of-steelSpeaking to the New York Post [via The Playlist], Snyder said:

“I don’t know how Justice League is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t. But Man of Steel exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that.”

That’s a big jump from March when he basically said the DC Movie Universe would have two Supermen.  When asked about discussions regarding Justice League and Man of Steel, Snyder responded:

“Um, how can I answer that? I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.”

This doesn’t sound like Snyder being coy as much as he doesn’t know, and Warner Bros. probably doesn’t know either.  If Man of Steel is a success and audiences love new Superman Henry Cavill, then he’ll likely crossover into Justice League.  Furthermore, having two Supermen could be confusing to audiences (although it would be amazing if Warner Bros. wanted to make a live-action Crisis on Infinite Earths adaptation even though that will in all likelihood never ever ever happen).

However, another issue could be tonality.  Judging by the trailer and everything we’ve heard from Sndyer and screenwriter David Goyer, Man of Steel is supposed to be a more “serious” take on the character.  Does that mean Justice League has to follow suit, or will another director try to mix it up?  Rather than having an Avengers set up where five movies can lay the foundation for a big crossover, Justice League has an odd relationship with a single movie, Man of Steel.  It will be fascinating to see how the pieces will come together.

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  • Mark

    A Justice League film is never going to happen and if it does it will more than likely be a flop. There’s like only one member of the entire team that is liked and that’s Batman and in the kind of enemies that the JL face Batman is about as much use as Hawkeye in the Avengers. Superman skates by on pure recognition these days rather than quality control, WW couldn’t get a modern day reboot off the ground and Aquaman and the Flash are products of their time; badly.

    • chad vaughn

      I hope you do know that you’re merely speaking for yourself. Its just curious that you state your opinions as though they are absolute truths

      • Mark

        Oh I know, just look at all the demand for Flash in other media, Aquaman in other media, Wonder Woman games, etc. It’s so ridiculously high and noone can get enough of those characters.

      • ScaredForMovies

        To be fair, there was really no demand for Avengers media until their single movies were released. Other than comics and maybe the Ultimate Alliance games. The WB had a Justice League animated series going for quite some time. I look at it this way. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, & Green Lantern are the main 4 for JL. Captain America, Ironman, Thor, & Hulk are the main 4 for Avengers. JL has Flash & Aquaman as their secondary characters. Avengers has Black Widow & Hawkeye as theirs. Historically I would give a popularity edge to the Justice League over the Avengers. Someone just has to pull it off. Some of the WB animated movies are amazing so I don’t see why a JL movie can’t be as well. I’m going to wait until Superman before passing judgement.

    • Dante

      I kinda agree with Mark, this particular set of superheros need a genius hand.

    • Sean

      But this was true of the Avengers back when Iron Man came out. My wife (who is probably a good example of a non-comic book fans knowledge of comic books) had no idea who Iron Man was. People know who Hulk and Thor are, but it’s not like Hulk and Thor movies were guaranteed hits…or even close to the level of popularity of a Batman or Spiderman. Captain America is well known, but an extremely cheesy character by 21st century standards. Avengers never should have happened and it should have flopped…but it didn’t.

      And Batman is the brains of the Justice League.

  • Marty

    I’m much more for Guilermo Del Toro’s movie team (John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Spectre etc) than Justice League because we already have Avengers. It’s just an envy race of DC Comics.

    • Dante

      Hear, hear !

  • Wiz

    WB needs to take an approach to JLA in a light way if they are going to do it without previous introduction films for each member. If it was me, I would focus the story mostly on how each member met, then they are forced to unite to fend off something more powerful than them. Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman should be the main focus, while introducing Flash and Green Lantern lightly using them as supporting members. This doesn’t have to be like the Avengers, It can be darker and slower paced with a good climax in which you set up continuation for The Flash and Green Lantern stories. Even Wonder Woman. But that’s just my opinion

  • Theodor

    Bruce Timm is and should be the WB/DC answer to Kevin Feige. Let him call some hard shots. Then we will get some facehitting awesomeness!

  • Grey

    Neill Blomkamp
    Guillermo del Toro
    Robert Rodriguez

    You can be dark and light at the same time.

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  • sense 11

    I knew it, Henry Cavil will be in Justice League and I agree with that plan

  • dad

    It will happen sooner or later but probably later.

  • julie s

    Difference is Disney/Marvel had/have a plan and WB/DC don’t/never had. WB is setting a date without an idea. Now if Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and (Green) Arrow had been successful enough, it wouldn’t take such a heroic visionary leap to get the league made. But we won’t be seeing Christian Bale team up with Ryan Reynolds, Brandon Routh, Adrianne Pallicki and Stephen Amell.

  • mr. Batman

    Marvel developed their characters over time; Warner are just rushing to compete with the success of the Avengers. Like somebody said, if it weren’t for the Iron Man and Thor movies non-comic book fans would never had gotten into the Avengers. Marvel made their characters household names and then spend time thinking of ways to incorporate them into a wider universe. Warner seem to have no idea what they’re doing and I think they should take their time and give us the Justice League film we want.

  • faiz

    To add to the well-said statement of mr.Batman, WB also has to take into account how they would renew the contracts of some of their actors in their DC movies (like Ryan Reynolds and Joseph Gordon-Levitt), as well as how they would handle the conflicting tones of the characters and their stories so that they would gel well in the movie, which would involve creating all the set-ups and the flags needed to make it happen, etc….really, WB is bullshitting themselves, which is stupid, given how they have had such a good run…(they are probably the most successful studio out of the big 6 now), don’t mar it with such a stupid decision, just focus on making a good Green Lantern movie first, WB….

  • Duder NME

    It’s too late for the whole “phase 1″ (stupid name) approach for Warner. Whether they go that route or make a run for Justice League, either way will seem like copycat approaches, so they’re not concerned about appearances so much as that pot of superteam gold that Avengers managed, and Warner’s willing to bet on the public’s awareness via childrens’ bedsheets and college-age distressed t-shirts to do the job that individual movies could have done. To Warner’s eyes, Superman and Batman are time tested, global icons, while Iron Man and Hulk are simply new kids on the block.

    But yeah, this is going to be a glorious fustercluck. Can’t wait to Redbox it.

  • Duder NME

    It\’s too late for the whole \"phase 1\" (stupid name) approach for Warner. Whether they go that route or make a run for Justice League, either way will seem like copycat approaches, so they\’re not concerned about appearances so much as that pot of superteam gold that Avengers managed, and Warner\’s willing to bet on the public\’s awareness via childrens\’ bedsheets and college-age distressed t-shirts to do the job that individual movies could have done. To Warner\’s eyes, Superman and Batman are time tested, global icons, while Iron Man and Hulk are simply new kids on the block.

    But yeah, this is going to be a glorious fustercluck. Can\’t wait to Redbox it.

    • Duder NME

      Wow Collider, thanks for posting that twice.

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