MAN OF STEEL DC UNIVERSE – With the Justice League movie having difficulties getting off the ground, people continue to speculate about the Man of Steel being a launch pad for more characters in the DC Universe. Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was self-contained and the Green Lantern movie was a disaster (helicopter on a hot wheel race track anyone?), is it is up to the man with the “S” on his chest. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, producer Chris Roven opened up about introducing characters:
“[Man of Steel's] setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, Man of Steel is definitely a first step. What Zack [Snyder] and Chris [Nolan] have done with [Man of Steel] is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”
The head of Warner Bros. Jeff Robinov agreed with this statement:
“It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it’s definitely a first step. I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world… [Nolan's] Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. “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.”
That next step should 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 said.
Man of Steel screenwriter David Goyer wants people to keep an eye out for connections:
“I would love to tell you yes or no [on Man of Steel leading to a shared universe], but I think it’s going to be more exciting for people to keep a beady eye out and find what they can find.”
These quotes make it sound like there will be Easter eggs and hints to future characters; however, don’t expect many actual superhero cameos because they need to build Superman’s story, much like what Marvel did with Iron Man.
MAN OF STEEL PLOT: A young journalist raised by his adoptive parents after he was transported to Earth in infancy from the dying planet of Krypton finds himself in the position to save humankind after Earth is attacked.
- US, Canada & UK – June 14, 2013
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