BatmanSuperman ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy Closes One Door, ‘Man of Steel’ Opens a New One written by Sean Gerber April 11, 2013 More details have emerged from Entertainment Weekly‘s cover story on Man of Steel. While internet scuttlebutt over the past week couple weeks has said the previously alleged deal bringing back Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale for Justice League was in trouble, quotes from Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov and screenwriter David S. Goyer seem to confirm the deal is completely off the table. When asked if there was any truth to the rumor of Nolan producing Justice League, Robinov told EW, “No, no it’s not.” He later continued, “[Nolan’s] Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.” Goyer echoed the same sentiment, though his emphasis on the past tense is something fans will cling to for hope. When asked if the Dark Knight trilogy stands alone, Goyer said, “They do. Or they did. Where we go in the future is a whole other conversation.” While one JL plan is in doubt, Robinov provided a ray of hope, telling EW, “We’ll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making.” According to Robinov, Man of Steel is, “setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it’s definitely a first step.” Just don’t expect any blatant references to the future with Goyer explaining, “I would love to tell you yes or no, but I think it’s going to be more exciting for you to keep a beady eye out and find what they can find.” So there we have it, Man of Steel, if it is as successful as many believe it will be, could very well be the beginning of a DC cinematic universe. We’ve heard chatter like this from Robinov before, though, so let’s see what happens after Superman’s return to theaters completes what will hopefully be a BIG opening weekend. ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy Closes One Door, ‘Man of Steel’ Opens a New One was last modified: February 21st, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Man of Steel 10 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. 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What I find surprising is how all-of-a-sudden DC/WB seem to be saying the right things. First it was waiting to see how Man of Steel performed, then cancelling a script because they didn’t think it was good enough (I know that annoyed a lot of people, but it at least showed they were concerned about producing a quality product), now they are talking wider universe and Man of Steel as a step. For once I am actually excited rather than terrified of the idea of a Justice League movie as now, for whatever reason, it seems they are going in the right direction somewhat. Of course time will tell, and if I am honest I a massive Superman fan first JL second so at the moment I am just hoping I get my Superman film, which I have wanted for 20 years. Bobby Inman I completely agree with the point y’all have made on several podcasts that Marvel are way ahead of the curve when it comes to laying out a clear plan of where their films and characters are headed for their fans. The Cloak and Dagger routine WB/DC pull is wearing thin and I feel in the verge of backfiring. By letting the public in on what is happening with their cinematic future, Marvel is breeding fan support, especially with the non-comic book mainstream audience. I have heard more people looking forward to (or have heard of) Iron Man 3 than Man of Steel. Although I hope MoS is the beginning of a change in DC way of thinking. p.s. Wouldn’t Cloak and Dagger make a great comic movie??!? Adrian Edmondson Can wait for the superhero season to open . Im3 will be awesome , leading into the rebirth of the legend of Supes , throw in Wolvie , Thor ….man I’m going to be broke !!! Kaje Its amazing how scattered WB had been with the justice league idea. They were trying so hard to rush out the door as opposed to carefully planning a strategy. It makes sense Man of Steel would be the first ‘known superhero’ in this new DC cinematic universe. In relation to that, They could spin in the way that the alien invasion involving sparked other tech advances. Perhaps resulting in the flash, cyborg etc. It’ll be interesting to see where they go with this. Jean I still think MOS should be the start. They should re-boot Batman, do a second Superman movie and then do a Justice League. The JLA movie should use the Tower of Babel story line. Think it would be a perfect way to introduce Batman into the JL Stock Sounds like the old joke that begins with not in a million years and ends, “So what you’re saying is, there’s a chance.” Still not sure what to make of this. Is it saying that the whole deal lives or dies with MOS? Does it say that Nolan’s Bat films are stand alone stories not involved with any future movies? “…they do, or they did?” What? Does it depend on what the meaning of is, is? Nolan isssssss not involved. Nolan isssssss involved. Sort of. Kinda. Well, my best wishes goes out to MOS. After that, GOTG. After that, guess I’ll just have to rely on my beady eyes. Naes Of course there was no truth to the Bale/Nolan rumors. It was just fanboy wishcasting. “Well hmm… we’ll have Cavill as Superman, Bale as Batman, Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern, Stephen Amell as Green Arrow, and uh… Josh Brolin as Jonah Hex! It’ll be perfect!” I doubt it went any further than WB asking Nolan “Do you want to direct another superhero film?” And Nolan saying “No.” Same with Bale. Obviously Goyer will be tapped for writing some of these DC-related projects… whatever keeps him away from the director’s chair (The Unborn, Blade Trinity etc.) By the time they can actually make a JLA film (no earlier than 2017, likely even later), the novelty of the superhero team-up will have worn off; Avengers 2 will already be out and Marvel will be well into Phase 3. WB/DC should just admit that they missed the boat badly and make sure that their MOS trilogy are the best films they can possibly be while figuring out Batman’s next cinematic step. If there ends up being a script for Flash or Wonder Woman that is like Citizen Kane and MUST be made for the sake of humanity then take the chance and do it; otherwise don’t just shove more of these movies out just to do them. Neal It seemed obvious from the beginning that expanding the Nolan/Bale Dark Knight universe to accommodate Superman and other members of the JL was a pretty far fetched notion. From a plot perspective this wouldn’t have been ideal because of the way DKR ended with Bruce Wayne faking his death after saving Gotham from Bane. Also, from a look and feel perspective, it would be a hard sell to audiences to introduce Nolan’s relatively de-powered Batman to a universe where foes such as Zod and Darkseid exist. I hope a complete DC reboot, starting with Man of Steel, allows for a more fantastical vision of the DC universe that isn’t constrained by Nolan’s hyper realism (which worked for the DK trilogy), but instead offers opportunities to explore characters like Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman, and perhaps even see a new “Bat-God” version of Batman that doesn’t feel so out of place going toe to toe with powerful villains. SBfan What i think is that man of steel will introduce some new technologies from krypton planet which will make possible to introduce caracters like Flash and cyborg or even a new Batman. As for wonder woman and green lantern, i think that they need their own movies.