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.