Man of Steel has grossed close to $400 million worldwide. That’s good news for Warner Bros. The reboot wasn’t just designed to relaunch the Superman franchise; it was explicitly intended to establish a whole expanded DC universe, with the potential to craft a multi-spinoff franchise series leading up to a Justice League movie. It’s a simply Marvel-ous plan — get it? GET IT? Despite the film’s success, Warner has been mum about any plans for future movies, outside of fervent rumors that they’re fastracking Man of Steel 2: Steel Harder for a 2014 release.
But in a freewheeling new interview with ABC News, Superman himself has some thoughts on the possibility of a Justice League movie. And Henry Cavill makes some good high-level-geek points — appropriate, perhaps, since the guy claims he was playing World of Warcraft when he got offered the lead in Man of Steel. (NERD ALERT.) Says Cavill:
Justice League could be great if done correctly. It’s a very tough one to do because the DC comic heroes are all god-like in their power. So in this real world universe, real-world setting we’re telling our story in, it’s going to be tough to achieve that. It has to be done very delicately with a lot of thought. So, it won’t be right away. I hope it’s not, anyway. It may take some time of building up other movies and other characters and introducing them together in one way or another.
Cavill is voicing a common complaint about the DC characters; unlike the relatively more earthbound Avengers, the Justice League is classically composed of mega-powerful near-abstract icons like Flash, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman — who can control the freaking oceans, so show some respect. Man of Steel, by comparison, strove to bring more gritty reality to the Superman mythos. It will take some time to mix together different superpowered characters into that reality. Of course, a few years ago we all thought that nobody would every believe science-her0 Iron Man and actual-god Thor together onscreen. Clearly, we were wrong.
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