If the pressure of trying to reboot Superman wasn't enough, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is also wrangling with the fact that Warner Bros. wants to launch a full-fledged Justice League movie at some point. So how's it all going to work out?
Snyder (Watchmen, 300) is playing a little dumb, but when pressed, he did make some interesting comments on how everything will fit together. We know that Man of Steel is in the works, and we also know that a Justice League movie is on the way by around 2015. What we don't know is how the two will (or won't) connect.
Here's what Snyder said when asked by the NY Post:
"Um, how can I answer that? 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...By letting out the bit he did, Snyder has actually said a lot. We'd already assumed Man of Steel would be the first film to kick off the new Justice League "universe," and he essentially acknowledges what we've all been thinking—with the two projects so close in development time, it'd be crazy not to use the tentpole that is Man of Steel to set some things up.
"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."
With the sting from the Green Lantern flop still fresh, you'd have to think Warner Bros. is desperate to have some success launching a multi-film franchise in the post-Marvel world.
Snyder is taking the Super source material very seriously, and has even tweaked the outfit in an effort to make it play right on the big screen:
"The costume was a big deal for me, and we played around for a long time. I tried like crazy to keep the red briefs on him. Everyone else said, 'You can't have the briefs on him.' I looked at probably 1,500 versions of the costumes with the briefs on.It'll be interesting to see whether and how the varied DC franchises will come together in the next few years, but at least they don't have to look too far for a successful template (*cough*Marvel*cough*).
"If you look at the costume, it's very modern, but the relationship to the original costume is strong. You come onto a project like this, and you hear about modernization and you hear about bringing things forward to today, and all you can do is hope that it's going to look cool and different from anything you've seen before."
What do you think? Should Man of Steel be a standalone, or the first step toward the Justice League?
(Via NY Post)