With Man of Steel out today, plenty of speculation will mount in the coming days about the planned sequel and DC’s upcoming superhero team up, Justice League.
Buoyed by good reviews, DC announced this week that director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer will be back for Man of Steel 2, as well as Justice League. No timetable is set, but the films will be fast-tracked into production.
In an interview with Hey U Guys, Goyer talked about the approach he and Snyder had to scripting and shooting Man of Steel. Specifically, its position as the launching pad for Justice League and future DC comic book movies.
“It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros [didn't] hope that this would be the starting point for a shared universe,” Goyer said.
But if Justice League happens, and it is, then the Batman in it will not be Christian Bale, Goyer added. “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.’”
Whoa, so no Bale? I’m not sure I like that idea.
Goyer also revealed that his Justice League will be a departure from the Will Beal script that was rejected earlier this year.
“It would be blank slate,” he said. Indicating his high hopes for the film, Goyer added, “If we can do Batman and Superman, then maybe we can move on to Wonder Woman, and The Flash, and characters like that.”
Goyer was smart enough to hedge his bets.
“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.”
So what do you think about replacing Bale in Justice League? Would you be OK with that, or should filmmakers try and link Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and Justice League? Let us know in the comments.