Warner Bros. President Says 'Man of Steel' Will Set Tone for Future
The most recent rumor concerning Justice League had pegged Christopher Nolan as being courted to shepherd the ensemble and bring Christian Bale back into the fray as Batman. That seemed like it would destroy the arc the Nolan had created with his film trilogy, and it sounds like Warner Bros. couldn't convince him otherwise if that was indeed their plan. Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov clarified the future of DC Comics properties in conjunction with the new Superman kicking off in the form of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, which is "setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward."
Speaking about the possibility of Nolan moving into Justice League territory, Robinov told EW:
"Nolan's Dark Knight series was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world the films lived in was very isolated, without any knowledge of other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.
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."
So there you have it. As for those rumors about the Justice League script being scrapped, we're not sure where development really stands. But that logical story about Warner Bros. waiting for the box office return and reaction to Man of Steel seems like the most accurate portrayal of where the studio's mentality is for the future of Justice League right now. It'll be interesting to see if the potential superhero ensemble gets some seeds planted much like Iron Man kicked off The Avengers. Though some talk from David S. Goyer seems to be on the other side of that fence saying:
“One of the things we dealt with on the Batman films is, Chris [Nolan] dislikes it when you plan something, when you say, ‘I’m going to follow this up in the next film. He’s always said put everything you have into this film and then worry about the next film later. That gives the film its 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.'”
To me, that just means there isn't a direct set up for the plot of the next Man of Steel film, but that doesn't rule out certain hints at the other heroes of Justice League or a set up that there will be other movies for those heroes as well. I suppose we'll just have to wait a few weeks to see what announcement Robinov and the team at Warner Bros. have up their sleeve. At this point, Justice League seems like a mess, an unlikely 2015 release as was once planned, and I just want some glimmer of hope. Thoughts?