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Zack Snyder Hints Some Sort of 'Justice League' Link in 'Man of Steel'

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November 26, 2012
Source: NY Post

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Ever since we heard that Warner Bros. was getting serious about putting together a Justice League movie after the success of The Avengers (including hiring  Gangster Squad writer Will Beall to take a first run at the script and hoping for a release in 2015), fans have been wondering if next summer's Man of Steel would be the first film to help set the stage for the DC Comics superhero ensemble. After all, Iron Man kicked off the long journey to The Avengers, so it would only make sense to have this new franchise start the fire. And now director Zack Snyder seems to vaguely confirm something along those lines. More below!

Speaking with the NY Post (via The Playlist), Snyder was asked about Justice League:

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

Nice side-step there, but Zack Snyder was prodded for a more direct answer and stated:

"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."

So it's not exactly a direct confirmation, but it sounds like there's definitely some kind of link to Justice League, or at least this Man of Steel reboot will exist in the same universe. Of course, the question will likely be if Warner Bros. will be happy enough with Man of Steel to keep Snyder's iteration around for a superhero ensemble. After all, if Iron Man hadn't been a big success, you have to wonder how The Avengers would have played out (if at all) following a failure. We're hoping DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are on the right track to play catch-up so we can see Justice League come together in a few years. Your thoughts?

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments

1

In other news, water is wet.

reeft on Nov 26, 2012

2

I thought Hulk started the long journey to the Avengers

coolit43 on Nov 26, 2012

3

Iron Man was released in May of 2008 and The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton followed in June of the same year. If you're talking about Ang Lee's Hulk in 2003, it's not exactly part of Marvel's shared universe that led up to The Avengers. And the real kick-off for the ensemble came with Nick Fury showed up in the end credits scene and told Tony Stark about the Avengers initiative.

Ethan Anderton on Nov 26, 2012

4

Yeah I was thinking of the 2003 Hulk. Couldn't remember if there was any reference to SHIELD in that one.

coolit43 on Nov 26, 2012

5

In a way, it DID. It told a prolonged origin story for Banner...and The Incredible Hulk didn't really need to do that 5 years later. Beyond that, it not being a hit resulted in Marvel getting the rights and being able to make their own Hulk film and feature him in The Avengers.

Chris Groves on Nov 26, 2012

6

Although it's not strictly part of the MCU, I personally include it. It's nice to get to fully fleshed out version of Banner becoming the Hulk. It's aged well, and is still very unique for the superhero genre. I dig the psycho-drama angle of it all, the inner and outer turmoil. The relationship between TIH and Hulk 03 is quite sequel-esque anyway. Think about Evil Dead 2 and Evil Dead. ED2 does a 'recap' that covers, adjusts and changes the events and details of the first film...but still continues off of it with Ash being attacked/possessed by the 'force'. TIH does a quick 'retelling' of Banner's BASIC origin, and then picks up with him in South America, where he was at the end of the first film...only he has ventured from a Spanish speaking portion of the amazon to Brazil...

Chris Groves on Nov 26, 2012

7

I believe in Zack Snyder,he is very talented and number one action director.

Bob on Nov 26, 2012

8

End of the movie Man of Steel: Superman finds out that there's a bigger threat that needs to be stopped from Batman (or any other JL superhero). You know, a la TDK, Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers... Hope that's not the case and they can come up with a new way to introduce JL.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Nov 26, 2012

9

I think it could be more subtle. Like Steve Trevor (played by Samuel Jackson) appears at Clark's flat and says "You are part of a bigger universe..."

Manuel on Nov 27, 2012

10

Spot on. That's the perfect ending! 😀

Isildur_of_Numenor on Nov 27, 2012

11

I have a baaad feeling about this.

Manuel on Nov 27, 2012

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