Zack Snyder And David Goyer Talk A Little More About A Potential Justice League Movie
Man of Steel is out in the open and fans are flocking to theaters to see it. It has received mixed to positive reviews from movie goers, but the critics are surprisingly ripping it to shreds. Regardless of that, fans are already talking about what’s next and how the DC Universe will be moving forward. Zack Snyder sprinkled several surprises and Easter Eggs into the film, so the universe is starting to be seeded. Snyder and writer David Goyer are already said to be back for a Man of Steel sequel and Goyer is allegedly signed on to write the newest Justice League script. As the Man of Steel press is winding down, the two men find themselves faced with questions about the possible team-up film. Here’s a roundup of some of the newest quotes regarding the film.
The folks at Collider spoke at length with the director and peppered him with questions on whether or not he’s nearing a deal to direct the JL movie. Snyder reiterated his previous statements about making sure Superman is in a good place before even touching any other hero:
Listen, I said to them, “My feeling about the DC universe and about Superman in general, is that Superman’s gotta work.” Right? When Superman works, then you can talk about your Green Lanterns and your Aquamen and whatever else you want to do. Right? And Wonder Woman, all that. But until that day, it’s really kind of a non-starter to try and say, “Oh, we should be trying to figure out our Justice League film.” That was the thing I said to them. I go, “Guys! Let’s get freaking Superman on its feet and then if he works and everyone loves him, then yeah. We’ll see.”
He really drove the point home when asked what he would say if WB offered him the opportunity of doing either Justice League or a Man of Steel 2:
Completely hypothetically, I feel like you gotta get Superman a little further down the road before you can do a Justice League movie. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I feel like there’s more to say with Superman for sure. And I think that if fans were into it and the studio was into it, I’d really be interested in trying to figure out what else to do with him. I think there’s more to do, because it’s naive and ridiculous for me to go like, “No, it’s one Superman movie.” That’s a joke, really?
The guys at Hey U Guys were in a group chat with David Goyer and the Justice League question was pitched to him. He dodged the questions about whether or not he signed on for Justice League already, but he did agree with Snyder that Superman comes first:
It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that this would be the starting point for a shared universe. And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris’ [Nolan] Dark Knight trilogy, and it would be disingenuous to say that Zack and I haven’t had various conversations on set, around ‘what if’ and ‘moving forward’.
That having been said, it’s all going to depend on the next few weeks. Warner Bros has hopes that there will be more Man Of Steel films, and that this will be the beginning of a shared universe. We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies. But they all hinge on box office reception. If that happens, I would be happy, and nervous, to dive in.
Will Beal had written a Justice League script, but rumors started swirling that Warner Bros. wasn’t happy with it and Goyer would come in to rework things. Goyer said that IF he were to do it he would have a blank slate. Will Beal‘s script has been scrapped and it sounds like WB is back to square one. Goyer again says that everything hinges on how successful Man of Steel is at the box office, but WB are starting to look ahead:
They’re hoping that the film does well, but god forbid it doesn’t, things will change. I don’t know how many different iterations of Justice League they’ve tried to mount over the last decade or so. But for one reason or another they haven’t happened. I think Warner Bros has seen – and Chris deserves the biggest credit for this – that we were able to revitalise Batman and put it into the first billion dollar superhero film. And they’re hoping that Superman will be revistalised as well. And if we can do Batman and Superman, then maybe we can move on to Wonder Woman, and The Flash, and characters like that.
So it seems the consensus is that Justice League will probably happen sometime in the future, but Snyder and Goyer would much rather make a sequel to Man of Steel first. Now the sequel could be used to introduce Batman. He doesn’t really need another origin story. People know who Batman is and would probably be able to accept a new guy showing up for a little while before having an expanded role with Justice League or even his own movie. I think the other heroes would need a lot more set-up before they could be thrown into the mix. What do you think about all the Justice League talk? Should DC/Warner Bros. borrow a page from Marvel‘s book before having the heroes come together?