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Man of Steel Could Be Linked to Justice League, Zack Snyder Hints

Although Man of Steel director Zack Snyder said last year his Superman reboot wouldn’t tie into Warner Bros.’ long-promised Justice League film, his latest comments to the New York Post suggest the game plan may have changed.

The Post speculates Man of Steel will be used as a launching point for the DC Cinematic Universe, much in the same way Marvel’s Iron Man began the build-up to The Avengers.

“I don’t know how Justice League is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t,” Snyder told the newspaper. “But The Man of Steel exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that.”

When asked whether he’d had conversations about integrating Man of Steel into a larger cinematic tapestry, Snyder was cagy, but didn’t deny it outright.

“Um, how can I answer that? I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler,” he said. “I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.”

Snyder’s implication runs directly contrary to his definitive statement in 2011 that Man of Steel wouldn’t fit in with Justice League, much in the same way Christopher Nolan’s Batman is a self-contained story.

“Like what Chris Nolan is doing and what I’m doing with Superman, what they’ll do with Justice League will be its own thing with its own Batman and own Superman,” Snyder said at the time. “We’ll be over here with our movie and they’ll kinda get to do it twice, which is kinda cool.”

Written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick and Christopher Meloni as Col. Hardy. The film opens June 14, 2013.


  • Leandro Prieto

    Oh, I’m so not thrilled.

  • Skot860


  • HED

    That’s good. Not having these movies connected would be a mistake,

  • Superman

    Excellent! So there are some smart people in charge at the WB. The next smart move? Introducing a new film version of Batman in a “Superman/Batman” movie in 2015. Show the audience how these two different characters became allies and then show them assembling the Justice League. Release that film in 2017 and it will all work brilliantly. 

  • nailsin

     It was never up to Zack Snyder. If Warner wants Man Of Steel to be the foundation of
    a DC Universe franchise then it will be.
    It makes sense after all, since Superman is the one who started it all.

  • Joeymax8

     That is a a GREAT idea! I hope someone is listening or, rather, reading, what you’re suggesting!

  • Waddupjoshjohn

    …and that’s why Warner Bros. and DC will NEVER come out with a Justice League movie. And if they did, it’ll be the quality of the Wonder Woman TV pilot. Christopher Nolan said his Batman will have nothing to do with JLA. Snyder said his Superman will have nothing to do with it either. Man, that’s what I call TEAMWORK! What a bunch of selfish, egotistic, jerk offs…

  • JusticeBringer

     Warner wanted it for Batman as well. Nolan rightfully rejected it.

  • JusticeBringer

    Nolan and Snyder aren’t being jerks. Since 1997, Marvel Comics has given us well-received stuff such as Blade, X-Men, Spider-Man, Punisher, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and The Avengers. Warner Brothers has been unable to maintain two simultaneous popular film franchises pertaining to DC Comics for 30 years. Where’s Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (one that doesn’t suck), Flash, Nightwing, Shazam, and Aquaman? Warner’s been trying to make a Wonder Woman film since 2001 without ever getting a single actress to sign on. Aquaman’s been in the same position since 2004. Why blame them for not wanting to be beholden to WB’s indecisiveness and poor track record?

  • Leandro Prieto

    I don’t like Snyder very much.

  • Thiago Rosa

    He is probably a fan of a brazilian comics-related podcast that bashes Snyder every chance they get,

  • nailsin

     When did that happen? The only other JLA movie was George Millers which Warner Bros
    cancelled in 2008. This was while Nolan was in the middle of handling his Batman movies. The Miller JLA was to be separate with it’s own Batman.

    In any case Warner Bros. owns Batman if they want to say Nolan’s Batman is in Justice League there’s nothing Nolan can do about it. Wouldn’t be a good idea but there it is.

  • JusticeBringer

     It was Nolan who decided his Batman would have nothing to do with that. After Superman Returns failed, they gave him a lot of power regarding their superhero films.