Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov has recently spoken about studio plans to release a Justice League movie in 2013. (I’m still taken aback by that timeline, but there it is.) Christopher Nolan and The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven have both gone on record that their Batman exists in his own superhero universe. At the UK premiere of Sucker Punch, Hey U Guys took the opportunity to ask Superman reboot director Zack Snyder how his take on Superman fit in with the planning on Justice League. Snyder responded:
“It doesn’t. Like what Chris Nolan is doing and what I’m doing with Superman, what they’ll do with Justice League will be it’s own thing with it’s own Batman and own Superman. We’ll be over here with our movie and they’ll kinda get to do it twice which is kinda cool.”
Watch the interview clip after the jump.
Warner Bros. is clearly taking a different approach to the superhero teamup than their comic book movie counterparts, Marvel. The Marvel mission statement is to build up to The Avengers piece by piece in the individual films and sign all the cast members of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America to multi-picture deals to ensure continuity. (Hulk is the one hiccup: Mark Ruffalo will be the third actor to play Hulk in less than a decade.)
Prior development on a Justice League movie showed a willingness to diverge from the casting of individual movies. Batman Begins and Superman Returns established Christian Bale and Brandon Routh in the respective roles, but Armie Hammer and D.J. Controna would have taken over for Justice League: Mortal had production gone forward. I’m eager to see casting news on this edition of Justice League. Bale says he’s out after The Dark Knight Rises. Will Ryan Reynolds reprise Green Lantern? How fully is Henry Cavill willing to submit to Superman typecasting? Does the studio even want them for Justice League?