Kevin Smith has two very trademark attributes. He is friends with Ben Affleck and he is willing to speak on just about anything at any time. These combine give anything the director says a little bit more weight and believability, especially if it involves Warner’s DC Comic film slate.
Well, the director dropped some fairly big information on us in his latest Hollywood Babble-On podcast, where he spoke about Batman V. Superman. The train of thought traveled to Warners’ plans with their superhero film universe. This is what Smith had to say:
But look, they’re obviously beginning something, and there’s a stretch of these flicks. And so this is the beginning of the Justice League, as we all suspected as they were announcing that cast. We were like, ‘This is the beginning of a Justice League movie.’ From what I understand now, it’s no longer like, ‘This is Superman 2.’ They’re not doing these things. They’re doing like, ‘Here’s Man of Steel. Here’s Batman/Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ The next one is not like a sequel to one of the characters. They’re just going to keep building their universe for about five or six movies. But all of them…it’s supposed to tell one massive story, which is all Justice League oriented.
In part, as he mentions, this is just confirming what we already know. Like he said, there are too many actors being cast as DC heroes for this not to be the start of the Justice League. But, if I understand him correctly, the future doesn’t entail standalone films that lead up to a big blockbuster, like what Marvel did with The Avengers, but rather a sweeping arc where all the films are simply one piece of a larger story. That would mean that any hopes of the Flash or Wonder Woman getting a film of their own might be lost.
Of course, this is coming from the friend of one of the stars of the franchise. I’ll believe it when either the studio of someone attached to the films repeats it.