Is Man of Steel to lead into Justice League?
There's speculation galore about when the Justice League film is happening and people are keen as mustard that it's going to be just after Man of Steel, the next Superman film, the one from director Zack Snyder.
Well he's been talking about his upcoming film and the pressure seems to be on to deliver a Superman film that can give the studio the franchise they want, meanwhile he's backing away from questions about a Justice League tie in because he might just get in trouble.
I have to position this, as always the people conducting the interview are wanting a particular answer and looking for something on the topic and here the interviewer wants to find out a connection between the Man of Steel, the new Superman film from Zack Snyder, and the upcoming Justice League film, in fact after his answers the article suggests that his lack of answers might point to a closing scene bringing Superman to the Justice League or vice versa.
Well it's possible, that's how we've seen it done in the past, but would the Justice League copy The Avengers model so blatantly? Well I think perhaps so, after all The Avengers has been rather successful and people are keen as mustard to find out about it so they'd love a closing scene, I would too and the beauty of a closing scene is that it can play out without compromising the rest of the film.
So it's possible, the question is will it happen, well Zack Snyder backed off of admitting to anything but it was clear he was trying to avoid speaking about what was happening with Justice League but then he could just be being careful, after all it's not his project and he has no idea.
Here's what he said through the N.Y. Post:
"I don't know how 'Justice League' is going to be handled. Honestly, I don't...but The Man of Steel exists, and Superman is in it. I don't know how you'd move forward without acknowledging that."
The article then asks whether he had had any conversations with the studio about connecting Man of Steel with Justice League, or rather not even that, here's their quote:
When asked whether he had conversations with the studio about integrating Man of Steel into a larger superhero universe, Snyder treads carefully.
His reply was pretty clear in being vague:
"Um, how can I answer that?...I can't really say anything to that, because that's a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course."
What's the spoiler about, that Man of Steel is building up Superman again? That Snyder is involved in the Justice League film? That there's some connections between the Superman film and the Justice League one? I don't doubt that.
I can imagine there are going to be some connections made in the film, and there could even be a post-credits scene a-la Iron Man (Filmstalker review), what do you think? The question though is does it really matter? Would Justice League really work without the connection and are we in danger of belittling the importance of the Man of Steel by concentrating on what might happen for it to be the messenger for another film?
I think that's key here. Let's not forget what Man of Steel has to do and it isn't to deliver us to a new Justice League film, what Man of Steel has to do is make the studio believe that the audience want more from Superman, something they believed was not the case with Superman Returns (Filmstalker review), a film that they believed was just right up until they got the final accountants spreadsheet in.
Snyder has his focus clear, it's on Superman.
"I heard one time that the Superman glyph is the second or third most recognizable symbol on Earth after the Christian cross..."
That's important, damn important and Snyder is focussed on Superman, not the connection with Justice League which might, or might not, arrive after the end of the credits. Sure we want to see that but more important in this case is what is Man of Steel going to do for Superman.
Meanwhile rumours are rife about whether Joseph Gordon-Levitt is going to be playing the Batman role in Justice League, you can hear about that from Hitfix through JoBlo, but there's just another pesky source and that isn't detracting from the film in hand.