Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is released in cinemas today, and the expectation is that the film will have one of the biggest opening weekends of the year. Warner Brothers have happily accepted big business from Man of Steel, and naturally have already fast tracked a sequel.
However, where does all this connect with all this talk of Warners, Snyder, Christopher Nolan and Goyer getting together and doing a Marvel by bringing the DC universe together? A report earlier this week said that Warners are “kicking the tires” on stand alone films for both Wonder Woman and Aquaman, and that these films will probably get released after Justice League, so where does Justice League fit in, and will Man of Steel set up the rest of the DC characters?
Goyer spoke with Bleeding Cool to explain:
“It is our intention that, in success, [Man of Steel] would be the zero issue and from this point onward, possible films could expand into a shared universe. In our world, the Man of Steel world, Zack has gone on record saying that we’re implying there are other superheroes in this world. But I don’t know that they’ve come forward yet. The idea is that Superman is the first one. There might be people helping people, but not in costumes, and that Superman comes forward and announces himself to the world. In him announcing himself, he’s the one that changes things.”
So basically, yes, Man of Steel, in a round a bout way, will be setting up the DC universe, sort of, and it will begin to bring the characters together for the eventual Justice League movie, just not as plainly obvious as Marvel did it. However, when asked about whether these plans involved Batman revealing himself too, Goyer got a little sheepish:
“Well, yes… there’s definitely… I don’t want to get too in depth. Obviously, Zack and I have had conversations… but there would be a cause and effect. And that would extend to the collateral damage that happened, and to what other countries feel about the fact Superman calls America his home. Man of Steel doesn’t exist in a vaccum.”
Judging by these comments, it would seem that we won’t be seeing many signs for the rest of the DC universe in Man of Steel, but instead this will simply be the introduction film to the larger DC world, and that more noticeable signs will be seen in Man of Steel 2.