Friday, April 12, 2013

Man of Steel Leads the Way to JLA

With Man of Steel counting down to its mid-June bow (just two short months away!) we're now getting more info on the much-anticipated Superman reboot, with WB prexy Jeff Robinov talking up its place as the lynchpin for a shared movie universe for the DC heroes to inhabit a la Disney's Avengers movie-verse across town. Say Robinov to EW (for the cover story in this week's big "Summer Movie Preview" ish):
“I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world...[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 [Snyder] and Chris [Nolan] have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”
While the exec poo-poo'd the rumor of a few weeks ago that Christopher Nolan was going to direct the eventual Justice League flick, with his Batman-of-record, Christian Bale, in tow, he did offer up this nugget about what the future might offer vis-a-vis seeing the JLA teaming-up on the big screen:
“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.”
My take, and this is just me, is that the WB folks are in full-on panic mode at the inability to commodify their iconic superheroes the way Disney/Marvel has managed. Right now Marvel is set to give the movie treatment to a gun-toting raccoon and a talking tree, but Warners can't even get the Flash and Wonder Woman done. Right now they're betting big on Man of Steel following a box office trajectory more like The Dark Knight than Green Lantern. All signs point to that being a good bet, but then I thought GL looked pretty decent from the trailers, and...well...

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)

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