Zack Snyder Hints at ‘Man of Steel’ Connection to ‘Justice League’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

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Ever since fans got wind of the possibility that Man of Steel could serve as a launchpad to DC/Warner Bros.’ shared movie universe, they’ve been speculating about where, exactly, the Superman reboot would tie into the upcoming Justice League movie. Today, thanks to a few (somewhat coy) words from Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, we’re starting to get a little more clarity on the matter.

Early on,  Zack Snyder was quoted as saying that his Superman reboot was its “own thing” (a la the Chris Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy) and fans were understandably confused. Would the new Superman movie truly be a DC Movie Universe launchpad - offering Easter eggs like a Wonder Woman cameo –  or would its connection to Justice League depend on box office results? It was not outside the realm of possibility that Man of Steel would be offered as a standalone movie in order to test the public’s reception of star Henry Cavill and the general approach that Snyder (and producer Chris Nolan) took with the character: If it worked, we’d see Cavill back to lead the Justice League movie – if it didn’t work, Justice League could take a fresh approach, ignoring the films that came before it (The Dark Knight films, Green LanternMan of Steel).

Now, however, it would seem that DC/Warner Bros. is in fact pushing ahead with their plans to springboard Justice League off the back of Man of Steel – if the latest comments from Snyder are any indication. When asked directly about Man of Steel‘s connection to Justice League during a NY Post interview, Snyder offered the following response:

“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.”

When pressed for more specific information about the studio’s larger plan for a shared universe, Snyder added:

“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.”

After watching the (admittedly brief) Man of Steel teaser trailers, one can deduce that a major narrative/thematic arc of the film will be identity – specifically Kal-El/Clark Kent’s struggle to choose what kind of man he is going to be in this world. Saddled with both godlike power and a grounded, humble, and very human upbringing (thanks to his adoptive parents Ma and Pa Kent), Kal-Clark has to decide if his power should be put to use at all – and if so, how. When a fellow resident of his doomed planet Krypton shows up (General Zod, played by Michael Shannon), it gives Kal-Clark a vision of what his power would look like in the wrong hands  - and the motivation to become the antithesis of what Zod stands for.

Naturally, the end point of this re-imagined origin story – Kal-Clark deciding to take on the mantle of Superman, in order to protect a world he loves – is also a good doorway into the Justice League story. After deciding to defend a world that needs his protection, Superman could naturally identify and approach other people who hold similar power – Wonder Woman, The Flash – heroes that could even be introduced through brief mention or (less likely) cameo appearances during Man of Steel.

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Taking Snyder’s actual words into account: one could infer that “acknowledging” Man of Steel‘s existence in the Justice League movie would mean that Superman’s world debut would be the milestone that ushers in the ‘Age of Heroes’ – while ‘keeping things on course’ would mean ultimately steering the origin story of Man of Steel to the sort of place described above, where Superman becomes the Earth’s protector and a beacon of heroism (or in Batman’s cynical view, a new threat level) that draws other heroes to his cause.

As for questions like what to do about characters like Batman and Green Lantern (reboot them entirely? Try to lasso in the actors who recently played them on screen?) well, that’s a different discussion. In the meantime, how do you feel about what Snyder said?

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Man of Steel will be in theaters on June 14, 2013.

Source NY Post

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  1. I would like to see Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman teaming up with Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Cyborg taken down the forces of evil.

    I hope Lex Luther, Brainiac, Joker, Cheetah, Sinestro team up as “The Legion of Doom”.

  2. As stoked as I will be for a shared universe movie from DC about their ensemble cast for their iconic superheroes in 2015, I am, however, quiet cautious about the Warner leadership unconventionally introducing these gestating figures through one explosive plot. Trying to introduce each of the separate characters through one movie is a dauntingly risky move, not only from a fiscal point of view but from a thematic one. What concerns us more is the latter one. Clearly, trying to write a story that will properly be able to encompass all the different background story arch of Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Flash and reboot Batman will convolute the overall story, thereby making it difficult for audiences to encapsulate the overall picture. Generally speaking, good movies are attuned to niche storylines. It would make sense to follow the marvel path by giving a fair amount of attention to all of our superheroes separately and then bringing them together into one JLA movie, even if it will mean postponing the date for a JLA movie for another three years. Remember, stalling the movie would be an infinitely better option than doing a horrible job of it and single handedly making it a colossal embarrassment as well as ruining potential sequels. However, if done well, this unconventional method could perhaps turn out to be a novelty strategy. Such would only be possible if the Warner Bros. entourage could somehow focus on as little characters as possible, thereby developing more effectively on a more restricted story arch, while leaving the climactic buildup as being open to the calling out for the need for other superheroes for protection from even greater threats in future movies. This, then, could be a more subtle approach to introducing Flash and other heroes alike. This would be akin to Michael Bay’s first Transformers movie, where Optimus Prime, at the end of the movie, steps up on top of a hill calling out to other surviving protagonists, asking them to unite for even greater evils to come. As a huge DC fan, I will want Warner Bros. to get their eggs in one basket (or separate ones!) and consider approaching this sensitive situation cautiously regardless of how they approach the JLA team. After all, this movie in 2015, or the lack thereof, will determine the future of the other JLA cast members and whether they will be able to compete with their Marvel counterparts.

  3. i think that man of steel will introduce some new technologies from
    krypton planet which will make possible to introduce Flash or cyborg.

  4. I do not think a Justice League movie is needed. It could be interesting, just as The Avengers was, but in my opinion, the individual movies for Batman and Superman were better done than The Avengers, let alone each of the Marvel heroes’ solo adventures.

    If I want to see Batman, there are three amazing movies by Christopher Nolan to watch. Now, if I want to see Superman, there is already an amazing movie to watch. No need to bring these together. Just my opinion though, everyone deserves their own of course!

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