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In a recent interview with the New York Post, “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder seemed to hedge his bets when it comes to Warner Bros. and partner D.C. Comics’ planned comic book movie universe. On one hand he seems to be indicating that “Man of Steel” is its own standalone beast, but then seems to indicate a shared connectedness with the existence of a larger world ala Marvel’s Movie Universe.
When asked about “Man of Steel’s” ability to jump-start a new Superman franchise, something Bryan Singer’s oft-criticized “Superman Returns” (that I really liked, save for the whole Lex Luthor yet-another land scheme plot) failed to do, Snyder said this:
We approach the film as a single endeavor. There are a lot of gears that have to turn in the world of commerce and the world of the mythology we create to facilitate more adventures for this character. We’ll see what happens.
The film’s star, Henry Cavill, confirms at this point that he’s been “signed up” for three movies, but as always, don’t take that too seriously. Actors on genre movies are always signed up for multiple films. It means nothing if they feel like re-negotiating for the second movie, or decide to go do something else.
Meanwhile, back to Snyder. When pushed about “Man of Steel’s” connection to Warner Bros.’ desire to build a Marvel-like movie universe of their own, Snyder said this:
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… 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.
Sounds like Yes. Maybe. Definitely yes-maybe?
Of course, if Warner Bros. plans on rebooting their entire comic book universe starting with “Man of Steel”, it might actually work. Similar to how Marvel started everything fresh with “Iron Man” and built from there. Iron Man has since become the cornerstone of the Marvel movie universe. Superman is huge enough that he could very well do that for Warner Bros. We shall see.
“Man of Steel”, meanwhile, is due in 2013.