'Man of Steel' finds success is 'Justice League' next?
05:00 AM, Jun 19, 2013
Superman is again flying high on the big screen. But what about his superpowered BFFs?
Man of Steel set a June box office record with an opening of $116.6 million it’s already passed $150 since midnight screenings Thursday so now talk turns to sequels and a possible Justice League movie that would team Supes with the likes of fellow DC Comics superheroes Batman, Wonder Woman and others in a manner akin to Marvel Studios’ The Avengers.
The Internet is currently debating if Zack Snyder will return to direct a second Man of Steel and if writer David Goyer will write another installment of that plus a Justice League. Comic-Con begins July 18, and that would be the place where Warner Bros. could make a big, splashy announcement.
Christopher Nolan, the director of the recent Batman trilogy, acted as a producer on Man of Steel, but among those involved and possibly folks not named yet Warner Bros. needs a “stronger, more singular vision who can focus their next 10 years on the DC movie universe,” says Peter Sciretta of Slashfilm.com.
A guy like executive producer Kevin Feige is for Marvel would be most helpful, says Devin Faraci of Badass Digest, “somebody who inherently understands what the value of the characters are while also understanding how to make movies out of them.”
Josh Wigler, entertainment editor for Comic Book Resources, agrees that the studio needs to find their own Feige and/or a film general like Joss Whedon, who directed The Avengers and is also helming its 2015 sequel.
While Snyder could be the man for the Justice League gig with Man of Steel’s strong debut, Wigler says, “fans don’t trust in WB/DC’s vision for these films all on their own. They need a name to believe in.
“Nolan would have been an obvious choice, but it sounds like he’s not going to take the job.”
That might be better in the long run, though.
“Christopher Nolan has been very successful in this world but his vision is darker and grounded, a tone that isn’t able to hold the entire fantastical DC universe,” Sciretta says.
“They need to keep Nolan away from the Justice League,” Faraci adds. “While his sensibilities worked for Batman, and while I understand he has been a strong producer on Man of Steel, a Justice League movie needs to be huge, bright and fun. It needs to be very broad and powerful, with realism being a minor consideration. I don’t want to know the details of how the Flash’s suit fits in his ring, I just want to see it popping out.
“What The Avengers has taught us is that big, pop-oriented action is what’s right for superhero team-ups,” he says.
So who’d be best to direct Justice League if not Nolan? Faraci says Justin Lin, the director of the past four Fast & Furious movies, would be effective calling the shots. “Maybe he could bring the sense of craziness, levity and character he cultivated in those films along with his penchant for over-the-top action.”
Mike Sampson of Screencrush.com is surprised Looper director Rian Johnson’s name hasn’t been brought up more in discussions about Justice League.
“The Whedon comparisons are there both are young, smart, creative types who write and direct their projects and J.J. Abrams recently had very complimentary things to say about Johnson,” Sampson says.
“I think he’s the kind of guy who could be WB’s answer to Marvel and Joss Whedon. Fans would trust that hire.”