Zack Snyder Explains How His Superman Will Fit Into Justice League
Posted 04.01.11 by Ryan
Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov's recent announcement that a Justice League movie was in the works and would open a year after Christopher Nolan's third Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, opens in 2012. However, since Nolan has admitted that The Dark Knight Rises will be his final installment in the franchise, Robinov stated that the studio will have to "reinvent Batman" under Nolan's producing supervision.
But where does that leave Superman: The Man of Steel, the rebooted movie that Zack Snyder is directing and Nolan is producing? HeyUGuys asked Snyder how his Superman would fit into Warner Bros.' plans for a Justice League movie, the director replied, "It doesn’t."
Like what Chris Nolan is doing and what I’m doing with Superman, what they’ll do with Justice League will be it’s own thing with it’s own Batman and own Superman. We’ll be over here with our movie and they’ll kinda get to do it twice which is kinda cool.
While Snyder finds it cool, it sounds confusing. Does this mean that the upcoming Green Lantern will also have nothing to do with the Justice League movie? Or is it limited to just the Batman and Superman movies?
Snyder comments also seem to indicate that his Superman actor Henry Cavill will not appear in Justice League, which means that two different actors will get to play the same role in two unrelated movies involving the same character.
What's curious about this plan is that Warner had almost made Justice League in 2007, until the Writer's Strike and a denial of tax rebates forced the studio to pull the plug. Director George Miller's cast didn't include Christian Bale as Batman or then-Superman Brandon Routh, and was reportedly as close as a "a couple days away" from production. So why is Robinov starting over with a brand-new Justice League script?
Seems like a lot of work to avoid mirroring Marvel Entertainment's plans to introduce its comic book heroes in individual movies and combine them together in 2012's The Avengers, but that's exactly what DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson said the company wouldn't do last September.
Instead, there will be two Batmans and two Supermans in two totally unconnected worlds.