Warner Brothers will only make ‘Justice League’ if ‘Man of Steel’ performs well, and Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer talks “realism”



We all know that Warners are planning on teaming up once again with DC comics for the Justice League movie, however the film may not be as secure as we initially thought. Screenwriter Will Beale (Gangster Squad) is already writing the script for Justice League, which has been reported to include Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash, but it would appear that Warners are not ready to jump in and make the film just yet.

Variety reports that Warners are waiting to see how well Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel performs before making any commitment to Justice League, a bizarre decision. The success of Nolan’s Batman trilogy should be proof enough that Justice League is a smart move, and even though Green Lantern failed miserably, there is still huge interest in the character. However, here is what Variety reported:

Stakes are high for “Man of Steel.” Other than Nolan’s Batpics, Warners has not been able to effectively exploit the DC library. Its 2011 “Green Lantern” underperformed, and a “Justice League” film wouldn’t likely be in theaters before 2015, as Warner’s top brass has indicated that they are awaiting the results of “Man of Steel,” which opens June 14, before moving further ahead.

I wouldn’t panic, Man of Steel is going to do huge business. The fact that Snyder is directing,  Nolan is producing and David S. Goyer is writing, not to mention the terrific cast and the fact it is actually a Superman film, there is no way this film will fail. However, it is up to you, the ticket buyer to ensure you go out there and buy a ticket. The better this film performs, the better chance we have of seeing The Justice League movie.

In further Man of Steel news, screenwriter David S. Goyer also recently spoke with Empire about his “realistic” approach to the story. Here is some of what he had to say:

“We’re approaching Superman as if it weren’t a comic book movie, as if it were real.”

That statement will clearly upset some, and encourage others, but Goyer was quick to point out he is a huge fan of Richard Donner’s films:

“I adore the Donner films. Absolutely adore them.  It just struck me that there was an idealist quality to them that may or may not work with today’s audience.  It just struck me that if Superman really existed in the world, first of all this story would be a story about first contact.”

He then went on to explain just how they planned to tell the story as if in the real world:

“It is obviously a much longer process with a character like Superman.  It is much easier to do a realistic take on Batman.  You know nothing can hurt Superman, presumably other than Kryptonite.  The challenge was simply: can we figure out a way to make those elements work, quote unquote, in the real world?  It’s very much a story of a man with two fathers.”

And finally…

“He’s an alien.  You can easily imagine a scenario in which we’d be doing a film like E.T., as opposed to him running around in tights.  If the world found out he existed, it would be the biggest thing that ever happened in human history.  It falls into that idea of trying to humanize the inhuman.  He’s made out of steel, he’s not made out of flesh, metaphorically speaking.  We are portraying him as a man, yet he’s not a man.”


Directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Noaln and written by David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, the film stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Russell Crowe as Jor-El. Also amongst the highly impressive cast are Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Ayelet Zurer and Antje Traue.


In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question ‘Why am I here?’ Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman.

(Sources: Variety, Empire)

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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