While the upcoming “Man of Steel” has so far been most notable for its attempt to reboot the Superman franchise after the failed “Superman Returns,” it’s now making headlines for its potential to open the door for other superhero movies from the DC Comics universe.
Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov recently revealed to Entertainment Weekly that much like ‘The Avengers” opened up the possibility of more Marvel characters getting their shot at the spotlight, “Man of Steel” could lay similar groundwork for beloved DC super heroes. The Batman films helmed by “Man of Steel” producer Christopher Nolan were meant to stand alone in their own separate world without any knowledge of other super heroes, Robinov said, but that would not be the case with “Man of Steel.”
“It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it’s definitely a first step,” Robinov said. “ … I think you’ll see that … anything can live in this world. … What [director] Zack [Snyder] and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”
Robinov added that an announcement about other DC characters and future movies would be made in the next several weeks.
Screenwriter David S. Goyer, who also co-wrote “The Dark Knight” trilogy, added that “Man of Steel” would not be what he called “sequel bait,” but rather would tell a specific story without worrying about how it would tie into DC mythology.
“That gives the film its own integrity as opposed to being part of an overall plan,” Goyer said. “So of course the comic book fans, it’s hard not to think about [crossovers] but I, having done three Batman films and worked in that way, it’s definitely the approach we took with ‘Man of Steel.’”
In addition to spin-off potential, one other interesting bit of “Man of Steel” news revealed by the filmmakers is a glaring — or rather, glowing — absence: Kryptonite. The green substance from Superman’s home planet Krypton, which in previous incarnations proved to be Superman’s one weakness, will not appear in the new film, perhaps as a way to anchor the young Clark Kent as a more relatable character.
“Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties,” said new Superman Henry Cavill. “It’s just a lonely existence.”
And for those keeping track at home, Robinov also quashed a juicy Justice League rumor: Nolan will not be producing a Justice League movie with Christian Bale as Batman. Nolan’s reps also confirmed to EW that he had nothing to do with any upcoming Justice League project, as he’s busy prepping his sci-fi epic “Interstellar.”
“Man of Steel” flies into theaters June 14.
[via EW b/w Yahoo Movies]