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There’s no two ways about it — if you ever want to see a “Justice League” movie get made in your lifetime, you need to go watch Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”, which opens today. It seems that Warner Bros. is dead serious about letting you know that the fate of the D.C. team-up movie depends almost entirely on how “Man of Steel” is received by moviegoers (re: box office).
“Man of Steel’s” screenwriter David Goyer said as much when interviewed by HeyUGuys. He also adds that he doesn’t believe the Batman that will eventually show up in a “Justice League” movie will be the same one (i.e. Christian Bale) that prowled Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City:
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.
And, once again, if you ever want to see a “Justice League” movie, you need to support “Man of Steel”. Or, hell, more D.C. superhero movies featuring other characters, from the sounds of it:
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.
He makes it sound like Warner Bros. will give up entirely on superhero films if “Man of Steel” doesn’t work out. Which is unlikely, especially given what Marvel is doing with their movies. Studios will always keep doing whatever is working, even if it’s working for the other guys and not them. That’s just the nature of Hollywood — monkey see, monkey do.
“Man of Steel” opens today. Go watch it.