After being deliberately vague about the Man of Steel’s connection to a proposed Justice League film, Zack Snyder, the director of next summer’s Superman reboot, has finally confirmed there will be definite ties between his feature and an in-the-works DC Comics mashup.
Just like how Iron Man was the first in a long line of Marvel adaptations that culminated in this past summer’s Avengers, Snyder says Warner Bros. expects him to “keep them on course” for a Justice League movie that is tentatively scheduled for sometime in 2015.
Speaking to the New York Post, Synder says: “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.”
Aside from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, which wrapped with this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises, DC hasn’t exactly set the box office on fire. There was 2011′s Green Lantern, which was a critical and financial disaster. And Bryan Singer’s last attempt to reboot Superman in 2006 did not live up to Warner Bros’ lofty expectations.
So there’s a lot riding on Man of Steel, which stars Henry Cavill as the man in blue.
Last week, Snyder has told MTV News that a new trailer for Man of Steel will debut before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when it opens on Dec. 14.
“It just feels like a fun Christmas thing to do, drag the whole family out for that action,” Snyder told the network.
Man of Steel will be released June 14, 2013.
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