'Man of Steel' Will Open the Door for Future DC Superhero Films

'Man of Steel' Will Open the Door for Future DC Superhero Films

Apr 11, 2013

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Man of Steel, Zack Snyder’s rebooting of the Superman film series, doesn’t fly into theaters until this June but there’s already lots of speculation about how the film will shoulder the burden for launching the next wave (which is, technically, maybe the first wave…) of DC Comics-based films. That’s a hefty load for anyone to carry, but maybe the Last Son of Krypton can shoulder the burden.

With Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy completed, and the long-in-development Justice League film once again apparently stalled, it’s up to Superman to not only keep the DC and Warner Bros. characters relevant, but to also theoretically lay the groundwork for everything to come. That’s leading many to speculate that we’ll see Man of Steel open the door for more superhero movies.

How will this work? The theory is that unlike Nolan’s Batman films (which were completely self-contained), Man of Steel will present a universe where other DC characters can coexist. Producer Chris Roven explains it in his recent chat with EW.

“[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." 

Warner Bros. boss Jeff Robinov echoed the sentiment, stating:

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.”

Screenwriter David Goyer wasn’t quite so blunt about the new Superman flick opening the floodgates to a cornucopia of DC crossovers, but he did at least drop some hints about what fans should expect.

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."

So, all of that is pretty interesting – and if we had to guess, it most likely means that we won’t be seeing a ton of superhero cameos in Man of Steel. What we suspect will happen is that there will be lots of little hints and Easter eggs for fans to discover that will point toward the future. We like that, and it’s an approach that worked really well for Marvel.

Finally, Robinov makes a very interesting comment about Batman in his EW chat.

When asked if the Dark Knight trilogy stands entirely on its own, separate from the rest of the DC universe, the studio boss says “They do. Or they did. Where we go in the future is a whole other conversation.”

While some have speculated this might mean Warners and DC had plans to retroactively link Nolan’s films to the upcoming DC projects, we’re guessing what this really means is that there are plans to reboot Batman yet again. If that’s the case, Nolan’s trilogy will stand alone for eternity as its own series while a newly relaunched Batman franchise will probably coexist in the same universe as all of DC’s other projects. It makes sense from a practical standpoint – Batman is one of its biggest characters, so it’s only natural to want to work him into all of these other films. A new series allows that to happen without tarnishing the legacy of Nolan's films. 

Whatever the case may be, we’re sure to know more in the near future. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on all this new news? Can DC catch up with Disney and Marvel or are they so far behind that the race is over before it’s begun? What would you want to see set up in Man of Steel? Share your opinions with us below.

[via Comic Book Movie and EW]  

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