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 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.