- MAN OF STEEL
|No Justice League Until Man of Steel proves his worth|
Last week, it was reported that Justice League‘s team would be comprised of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash. However it would seem that the Man of Steel would need to prove that he is also the Man of Gold, Box office gold that is, as a Justice League film hinges on his success.
Buried in an article about Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov, Variety makes the somewhat unsurprising report that a greenlight on Justice League is dependent on how well Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel does at the box office.
Stakes are high for “Man of Steel.” Other than Nolan’s Batpics, Warners has not been able to effectively exploit the DC library. Its 2011 “Green Lantern” underperformed, and a “Justice League” film wouldn’t likely be in theaters before 2015, as Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of “Man of Steel,” which opens June 14, before moving further ahead.
It’s difficult to say how far along Warner Bros. is willing to go before officially pulling the trigger on Justice League. Will Beale (Gangster Squad) is already writing the script, and it will be interesting to see if Warner Bros. attaches a director before Man of Steel opens so they can hit the ground running if Snyder’s film connects with audiences.
In other Superman news, David S. Goyer conceived the story for Man of Steel with Christopher Nolan and wrote the screenplay. This is what he had to say about the film:
“We’re approaching Superman as if it weren’t a comic book movie, as if it were real.”
In the latest issue of Empire [via CBM], Goyer compared his take to the two Richard Donner Superman movies:
“I adore the Donner films. Absolutely adore them. It just struck me that there was an idealist quality to them that may or may not work with today’s audience. It just struck me that if Superman really existed in the world, first of all this story would be a story about first contact.”
He’s an alien. You can easily imagine a scenario in which we’d be doing a film like E.T., as opposed to him running around in tights. If the world found out he existed, it would be the biggest thing that ever happened in human history. It falls into that idea of trying to humanize the inhuman. He’s made out of steel, he’s not made out of flesh, metaphorically speaking. We are portraying him as a man, yet he’s not a man.
It is obviously a much longer process with a character like Superman. It is much easier to do a realistic take on Batman. You know nothing can hurt Superman, presumably other than Kryptonite. The challenge was simply: can we figure out a way to make those elements work, quote unquote, in the real world? It’s very much a story of a man with two fathers.”
Here’s hoping director Zack Snyder harnesses more of the good than the bad by the time Man of Steel hits theaters on June 14, 2013.
And what do you think about Goyer’s comments? Is his idea about Superman on point or is it askew. Let us know.