“Reboot” is a term that gets thrown around plenty these days, but Man of Steel embodies the idea completely. Not only is Zack Snyder starting fresh with a brand new Superman (Henry Cavill), but using the film to launch a modern, updated take on the character for potential sequels as well. Yet it’s not just the man in blue tights who will benefit from the new lease on life, as it’s no secret that Warner Bros. wants to provide Superman with some big screen partners sooner rather than later.
Now Cavill and Snyder have provided further comments on some controversial aspects of Man of Steel; not the least of which may be a serious sign of Justice League on the horizon.
For starters, Cavill addresses the recent comments made about Man of Steel‘s “very different take” on Clark Kent. Anyone paying attention has noticed that the many marketing materials – including the extensive preview featurette – don’t provide a single look at Clark incognito, bespectacled and slouching in his Metropolis disguise. We’re expecting Man of Steel to tell of the events before Clark’s ‘disguise’ was ever conceived or needed – meaning no ‘mild-mannered’ caricature needed – and Cavill’s comments seem to back that assumption up.
In an interview with Jake Hamilton, the idea of ‘Clark Kent’ functioning as Superman‘s secret identity, not the other way around, was addressed with direct reference to the Superman monologue in Kill Bill: Vol. 2. Cavill believes that Clark Kent will still communicate plenty to audiences this time around, but won’t be divorced from the alien in the blue and red suit as he has been in the past:
“He says so much. but it’s not like it’s a deliberate thing. Clark is just being who he is, he’s not trying to be something else, he’s not being a parody of anything. Clark exists as he exists, he doesn’t know why or what or who he is, and it’s only when he starts to discover more and more and more, and he’s stretched himself beyond, and he becomes…what we know as Superman. He’s still Clark; he’s still Kal; and he’s still Superman when he’s got the blue suit on and he’s running around and doing his stuff – but none of them are a different person. It’s just one of them doesn’t want to be be seen or noticed, and the other one doesn’t mind.”
Of course, the building anticipation and positive buzz surrounding Man of Steel is sure to add fuel to the claims that Justice League is just a year or two away, and Warner Bros. will be using the film to kick-start their DC movie universe. That’s putting an awful lot of pressure onto Superman’s (granted, sizable) shoulders, and potentially squandering the opportunities of a box office-dominating, rebooted Superman.
Unsurprisingly, Cavill thinks that there is still a good chunk of Superman’s story left to tell before bringing in other players. And with optimism that can only be gained by working with as enthusiastic a comic book fan as Zack Snyder, he’s putting his weight behind a ‘slow and steady’ approach:
“If Warner Bros. were to come to me and say: ‘okay cool we’re planning this, how would you want to do it,’ you’d have to introduce various characters, so it’s not like ‘Bam!’ the world’s full of god-like superheroes. You’d have to find them and introduce them through various movies, and then bring them all together with a major threat that happens.
Whether that threat would be Doomsday, or Brainiac, or whatever we don’t know, but there would have to be a lot more storyline to have the audience be okay with an introduction to, say, Brainiac or Doomsday.”
Cavill has already claimed that he would be attracted to the idea of Batman and Superman sharing the screen – a no-brainer since some of DC’s greatest stories have centered on the seemingly opposite heroes – so perhaps the Man of Steel trilogy proposed by some would be able to introduce characters seen as too risky for standalone films. For conspiracy fans, there may be signs that Snyder is already doing just that with his reboot of Superman.
NEXT PAGE: Zack Snyder Talks Man of Steel Easter egg [Mild Spoilers]
The latest bit of gossip to stir up the Internet fanbase recently was the report of a fairly clear Easter egg and reference to another hero placed in Man of Steel. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, we’ll choose not to address the exact nature here (especially since how much of a spoiler you believe the Easter egg to be will vary greatly), and simply offer Snyder’s confirmation that the allusion is in the finished film, and it’s not alone:
“It’s a nod of the hat and tribute, absolutely. I wanted to do something for me that just acknowledges the amazing partnership and friendship that I have with Chris, and I just wanted that in the movie somehow… There’s a couple other little things in the movie too that point to the potential for…’DC expansion,’ though I’d say that our main focus and our main goal was to get Superman to work 100%.
I don’t even know what it means to be honest [Laughs], having those things in there, other than to say…’yeah, those things are in there.'”
While Snyder isn’t afraid of confirming what he clearly believes are personal touches and simple easter eggs for fans, not concrete signs that Warner Bros. – or he personally – has plans for tying in other films. But there are far too many rumors circling Man of Steel for them all to be accurate. And the most outrageous seem to center not on Superman, but his colleagues waiting for their cue to enter.
When asked if one particular rumor had him in stitches or completely confused, Snyder gave an update that those hungry for a Justice League film won’t like, but the level-headed won’t be too surprised to hear:
“People are *convinced* that the Justice League movie is… we’re just doing it tomorrow. So there’s that. Which is not ridiculous in the sort of global concept, it’s naive to say that ‘we have no… we don’t want to…’ But on the other hand, just to be that adamant. It’s pretty funny.”
So much for the previous rumors that Warner Bros. had locked in Nolan, Goyer and Snyder for all of their DC superhero films. This won’t be the last time that Snyder will have to refute claims that Justice League is being developed, especially since he seems the most likely director to land the job, or at least be approached when production begins. But he’s been quoted as saying that another Superman movie will be needed before bringing in the League, so it seems he and Cavill are in agreement on the best recipe.
What do you think of Cavill and Snyder’s comments? Has the promise of Man of Steel‘s direction and quality gotten you more excited for seeing individual films, or do you still think Justice League should be the film that launches DC’s universe? Sound off in the comments.
Man of Steel will be in theaters on June 14th, 2013.
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