Ben Affleck on 'Man of Steel' Sequel & Henry Cavill on the DC Universe
by Ethan Anderton
December 3, 2013
There's been so much buzz about the expanding DC Universe, not only since Man of Steel offered some hints at more characters in the big screen world, but also because of rumors of what's coming for Batman vs. Superman and also some other DC Comics getting the movie treatment. Now we have the new Superman himself addressing the expanding world and some of the easter eggs from this past summer's reboot of The Big Blue Boy Scout. Henry Cavill is very well aware of these easter eggs, and while he talks about the presence of LexCorp and Wayne Enterprises, there's another that he's excited about. Read on!
Comic Book Movie pointed out a video interview with Cavill talking about the DC Universe:
"On the extras on the Blu-ray, we're going to get the opportunity to see Zack's references to other aspects of the DC Universe. There's one obvious one which is now particularly obvious because of our next installment, which is involving Batman as well. We see Bruce Wayne Enterprises on the satellite in space. We also see some references to LexCorp. I actually have no further knowledge of this next story, but there's a good chance Lex is going to be introduced soon or at some stage."
Obviously, with Batman vs. Superman on the way, those references are a given. But what about another little reference that we talked about shortly after Man of Steel arrived? Cavill elaborates:
"What really intrigued me was Dr. Emil Hamilton's connection to S.T.A.R. Labs. Cyborg I think would make a wonderful character and an incredible bridge between both superhumans and humanity in a different way to Batman. So I don't know where he's going to come in or if he's going to come in, but that's one I'm particularly excited about. Other references I'm not too sure on, but we'll see where those lead. Those with keen eyes will see them."
It'll likely be awhile before we see how that little easter egg will impact the DC Comics' big screen universe, but as for the more immediate addition, Ben Affleck opened up about working with director Zack Snyder recently. Speaking with EW, the actor didn't want to give up too much information:
"Well, I don’t want to get too far afield and I’m sure I’ll have time to talk about Batman down the road. What I’ll say is that I really like Zack. From what I’ve seen of what’s Zack is doing, it’s made me very excited. One of the nice things about being an actor in that movie is they show you all the stuff before anyone else gets to see it. So all the sort of world-creation, and the take on the character and the other characters is really exciting."
And maybe looking to take a little pressure off his own shoulders, especially consideration the overwhelmingly whiny fan reaction, Affleck says it's up to Snyder to really make this work:
"And at the end of the day, the truth is it’s really directors that make movies work or not — especially these kinds of movies, where it’s about the whole world, and a rising tide lifts all ships. And if it all has integrity, if it all has a sense of realism, then it works. And if it doesn’t, than it doesn’t really matter what everyone’s doing [on the screen] because they just look like a bunch of Mexican wrestlers in suits."
So for now, we'll just have to wait and see how Warner Bros. plans for an expanded DC Universe unfold, beginning with Batman vs. Superman on July 17th, 2015. We've heard rumors of Wonder Woman and Nightwing popping up, each with their own casting rumors, but we've got awhile to wait for any real confirmation. After all, we're still waiting to see who will join Affleck and Cavill in the sequel that already has Diane Lane, Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne reprising their roles from Man of Steel. Will someone be stepping up to play Lex Luthor this time around? Stay tuned for any more updates.