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If Man of Steel Soars at Box Office, Will Snyder Helm Justice League?

Man of Steel

Most people would think that directing a movie about Superman — not just that, but the movie about Superman that will reintroduce the character to a mainstream audience after years of being away — would be a pretty big deal. But as as Screen Rant reports, Warner Bros. is looking at Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel as something of a test to see whether he can handle a bigger project: the long-gestating Justice League movie.

Ever since Marvel proved a shared superhero universe could work, people have been wondering when, and if, Warner Bros. would follow suit. Many think Snyder’s Man of Steel will be the launchpad for just that. All this was bolstered by a recent article in Empire, which featured the following bit of editorializing:

Both filmmakers [Zack and Deborah Snyder] know the proof will finally be in the watching, but there are rumblings about the breakfast counters of rival studios that Man of Steel is turning out very well indeed. Plans are being hatched, they say. Warner Bros.’ long-term view has been revised to embrace this new vision, just as the Dark Knight films resisted the commodification of Marvel. Whether we get a Justice League, they say, depends on Man of Steel. If we do, they say, Zack Snyder will be asked to direct.

Needless to say, this is speculation, but it’s the kind that makes sense.

Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe and Laurence Fishburne. The film is set for release on June 14 unless you buy tickets at Walmart for a special, advanced showing on June 13 where available.


  • Rollo Tomassi

    Who is “they”? I love how your “source” is an Op-Ed piece from another magazine, which also has no sources.

    And whats WBs definition of “soaring” Box Office? The last Superman film was the 6th highest grossing film the year it came out. And the other top nine films that year all got sequels. But Superman was considered “a flop”.

    Unless MoS does Avengers/Avatar numbers, I suspect WB will get cold feet and declare the entire DC IP well a complete bust and run screaming into the hills like cavemen exposed to fire for the first time.

  • Erik Galston

    Superman Returns was a flop because they had spent a lot of money developing the movie before they brought in Singer. So they really didn’t make a profit since they had already paid like 2 other directors before Singer was attached to the movie.

  • Boiling Man

    It cost them 270 million to make and only made 200 million domestically. Personally I don’t know why it cost them so much, since the movie itself was just garbage.

  • Erik Galston

    it cost them that much because they had already paid Tim Burton and Nic Cage previously (they had pay or play contracts for Superman Lives), and two other superman films (Batman Vs. Superman and Superman: Flyby both had money spent on them). Superman Returns had to recoup all of those costs, and its own costs to even break even…

  • Boiling Man

    That’s interesting. Erik, what do you think about the Justice League, would you like to see them make it?

  • Erik Galston

    of course i would…

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  • nu

    i dont think flopping at the box office would matter if critics and people love the movie.batman begins didnt make much but people loved it and so did critics