‘Man of Steel’ Is The Planned First Step Toward A Broader DC Movie Universe
Though the Christopher Nolan Batman movies were "deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone," DC's new Superman movie, Man of Steel, is meant to open up a wide DC movie universe similar to the one Marvel started with Iron Man, Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, told Entertainment Weekly.
"What [director] Zack [Snyder] and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world," Robinov said. Indeed, Plans are already on the way for more movies taking place in the same universe and featuring other DC heroes, according to Robinov: "We'll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we're going to be making."Even so, Man of Steel co-writer David S. Goyer told EW that Nolan, who also worked on the screenplay, isn't a big fan of "sequel bait."
"He's always said put everything you have into this film and then worry about the next film later," Goyer said of Nolan. "That gives the film its own integrity as opposed to being part of an overall plan."
Man of Steel may hint at more movies with more characters, but it won't be like Nick Fury showing up in Iron Man or the Avengers setup at the end of Thor. It'll be something more akin to the appearance of The Joker's calling card at the end of Batman Begins.
Nolan also confirmed to EW that he's not involved in an uncoming Justice League movie and Christian Bale won't appear in it as Batman. However, Robinov may have hinted that the Nolan version of Batman could be the one that appears in the movie DC Universe.
Or maybe Warners will just reboot Batman all over again. It's not clear just yet.
[Via Entertainment Weekly]