It’s been a big “Will they or won’t they” dance as to whether Warner Brothers’ Superman franchise reboot, Man Of Steel, will ultimately lead to a series of interconnected comic book movies that lead into their announced Justice League movie in a way similar to how Marvel Studios has managed their franchises.
Two years ago at the New York Comic Con DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns stated –
I think our characters are bigger than Marvel characters. I like the Marvel characters a lot, but our characters are bigger because they’re icons that stand for morality and inspiration. I think it is very important that we introduce these characters and rather than trying to smash everyone together, I think these characters deserve to be spotlighted and treated equally.
However, the box office receipts for Marvel’s The Avengers may have very likely caused a rethink of that attitude at Warner Brothers. But beyond the studio wanting to have a Justice League film in theaters by 2015, things have been quiet as to what their overall franchise plans are after next summer’s Man Of Steel.
This weekend, Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder may have let slip a hint as to what Warners may have up their sleeve. When asked in an interview with the New York Post about whether the studio has asked him to make any adjustments to help set the stage for the announced Justice League film, Snyder stated –
Um, how can I answer that? I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.
Well, you can say you’re not giving us an answer all you want Snyder, it certainly sounds like you just admitted that the studio is looking to your film to be the one that starts off a connected universe in which Justice League will play an important part. We’ll see how this unfolds.