After months of speculation, Warner Bros. boss Jeff Robinov has confirmed that Man of Steel will be laying the building blocks for future films featuring heroes from the DC Universe.
Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly for an upcoming cover story, Robinov says this summer’s Superman reboot is: “Setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it’s definitely a first step.”
In an interview with the New York Post last year, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder said that Warner Bros. expected him to “keep them on course” for a Justice League movie.
“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.”
Prior to last summer’s Avengers, Marvel cross-promoted its various heroes in Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America.
“I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world,” Robinov says. “[Christopher Nolan’s] Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a standalone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”
While Robinov confirms that Nolan’s Batman trilogy is a standalone series, he does hint that the films could be expanded into something bigger. “Where we go in the future is a whole other conversation,” he says.
The next step DC takes with its characters on film will be revealed soon. “We’ll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making,” Robinov says.
However, when it comes to the rumours that Nolan would exec-produce a JLA feature with Christian Bale back as Batman, Robinov says that ain’t happening.
“No, no it’s not,” he replied when asked if a Nolan-produced Justice League was going to happen.
Earlier this month, Guillermo Del Toro revealed plans for Justice League Dark, which will focus on DC’s supernatural heroes.
Let us know which DC characters you’d like to see get their own stand-alone feature in the comments and check out the new TV spot for Man of Steel below.
Man of Steel is out June 14th.