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Man of Steel and the Future of the DC Cinematic Universe

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The second The Avengers’ box office numbers surpassed all expectations, DC and Warner Bros. have been looking to cash in on a superhero team movie with The Justice League. Announced for release in 2015, this quickly started to unravel when the writer of the movie’s script, Will Beall’s most recent film, Gangster Squad, failed to impress at the box office. Supposedly chucking the script entirely, the film company is pretty much setting all of its hopes and dreams on Man of Steel spearheading the DC Cinematic Universe. That’s not to say that a Justice League movie wouldn’t eventually happen, but if Man of Steel doesn’t, at the very least, make decent money in the first month of its release, then Warner Bros. will definitely be rethinking their next move. No pressure, right?

Undeterred, however, by whether or not Justice League will happen, director Zack Snyder is at least going to lay the groundwork for the DC Cinematic Universe in Man of Steel. In an interview with Empire Magazine, Snyder said:

“I have been making references to the DC Universe, just to let you know that world is out there…”
Well I find that encouraging! It shows that Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer, are setting the stage. And, really, what more do we need other than a reference or two within the film and maybe, maybe, an end credit scene? All they have to do is drop hints, not hit us over the head with a two-by-four. We already got the barest glimpse of LexCorp in the Man of Steel trailer, so we know that Supes’ arch nemesis is out there. Can’t ask for more than that in the first film. Even if we don’t get Justice League immediately, there’s still the possibility of a sequel for Superman.
Zack SnyderShould the box office gods shine upon Man of Steel and Justice League is given the green light, rumor has it that Snyder will be the one to helm the film. Actually, it’s been confirmed that Snyder will be offered Justice League should Man of Steel meet the magical number by which Warner Bros. determines a movie’s success. Beginning with Rueben Fleischer’s (director of Gangster Squad) remarks regarding whether or not he was still interested in the project. He answered:

“Well that’s something that Zack Snyder is going to wind up doing.” (Source: Screen Crush)

Now we know that Justice League’s future is dependent on Man of Steel and that the film will be offered to Snyder. That’s the important bit there because he doesn’t necessarily have to take it, but by all accounts he probably will. The best way to ensure a Justice League film? Go see Man of Steel.

Worst case scenario: Man of Steel doesn’t perform exactly as desired. That doesn’t mean the end of the DC Cinematic Universe. If anything it just delays Justice League while Warner Bros. either tries out the Wonder Woman and The Flash scripts still out in the Hollywood ether, concentrates on a sequel to Man of Steel or, let’s be honest, reboots Batman. Let’s not forget that Guillermo del Toro was given the greenlight on a Justice League Dark script that’s nearing completion, so if Snyder’s laying down the foundation, there should be just enough material for other creative teams to pick up and run with.

About the author

Samantha Cross

Sam is a self-described "sponge for information" soaking up little tidbits here and there that make her the perfect partner on pub trivia night! Hailing from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, she indulges her nerdy and geeky qualities by hanging out at the local comic book shop, reading anything she can find, and voicing her opinion whether you welcome it or not. An archivist and historian, she will research any and all things and will throw down if you want to quote Monty Python, Mel Brooks, or The Simpsons!

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