The Internet response to the most recent Man of Steel trailer has been pretty glowing, and that's on top of the fact that early reactions to the film itself were quite positive. If MoS turns out to be a huge success, it would only make sense for Warner Bros. to hire director Zack Snyder to make another DC superhero movie - be it Man of Steel 2 or the much ballyhooed Justice League movie.
Well, according to director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad), Warner Bros. is going to be doing just that.
Screen Crush recently asked Fleischer - who's promoting Gangster Squad's release on DVD and Blu-ray - if the rumors of him being on the shortlist to direct Justice League were true.
After indicating that he wasn't in the running, he explained why:
"[T]hat’s something that Zack Snyder is going to wind up doing."
Well, it's not much, but it's interesting nonetheless.
Now, there's a couple things to keep in mind here: First, Fleischer and Snyder are, according to Screen Crush, good friends. Second, Fleischer worked with Will Beall - who (in)famously wrote a "terrible" (according to sources) draft for JL - on Gangster Squad. So it stands to reason that Fleischer is in a position to know whether or not Zack Snyder will be directing the long-awaited superhero team-up.
On the other hand, Fleischer did not say that Zack Snyder is currently signed on to direct Justice League. In fact, he seems to have very deliberately said "Zack Snyder is going to wind up" directing the film instead.
What does this mean, then? Either:
- Fleischer knows that, if Man of Steel does well, Warner Bros. will ask Snyder to direct Justice League. Because Zack Snyder told him so.
- Fleischer presumes that, if Man of Steel does well, Warner Bros. will ask Snyder to direct Justice League. Because it just makes fiscal sense.
Let's face it, it doesn't exactly take Nostradamus - or an insider, for that matter - to come to the conclusion that Snyder probably has a future making superhero movies for Warner Bros. if he wants it ... unless Man of Steel turns into another Superman Returns or (gulp) Green Lantern. It certainly makes more sense that Snyder would direct Justice League than, say, David S. Goyer, whose directoral work (Blade Trinity in particular) has left a lot to be desired.
The question is - do we want Zack Snyder to direct Justice League? That's not a slight against his work, some of which I've liked (300) and some of which I haven't (Sucker Punch), it's just a question about diversity of ideas. Might it be beneficial for the DC movie universe to have different directors take on the various superhero properties at Warner Bros.' disposal?
Then again, it's pretty obvious at this point that Warner Bros. is more than a little bit confused about what to do with its (potentially) billion dollar superteam franchise. Perhaps if Man of Steel is as good as the company's hoping, Zack Snyder, David Goyer, and Christopher Nolan would be the safest bet for replicating that success with Justice League.
We'll probably have to wait until after Man of Steel's release date to find out where Warner Bros. is taking Justice League.
What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you interested in seeing Zack Snyder take the JLA reins if Man of Steel is successful? Drop us a line in the comments.
Zack Snyder's Man of Steel hits theaters June 14th, 2013. Justice League - last we heard, anyway - is expected to be released summer 2015.
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Source: Screen Crush