Since Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” film was announced, speculation ran rampant about possible connectivity to Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” Trilogy and whether DC would go the same route as Marvel in attempting to build a cinematic universe with its massive library of characters. It seems the answers to many of these questions have finally come as Warner Bros. President Jack Robinov spoke with Entertainment Weekly about what the Superman reboot means for the future of DC Comics-inspired films.
“It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it’s definitely a first step. I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world,” Robinov told EW. “[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 and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”
“Man of Steel” determining the future of DC Comics films isn’t really much of a surprise — a rumor in February contended that the box office success of “Man of Steel” is a big determining factor in whether “Justice League” moves forward. While Robinov stated Warner Bros. planned to announce something in the next few weeks “that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making,” he also shot down the current rumor that Christopher Nolan is onboard to produce the “Justice League” film and would bring Christian Bale back with him. However, Robinov had an interesting answer for EW when asked whether Nolan’s “Dark Knight” Trilogy stands entirely on its own.
“They do. Or they did,” he said. “Where we go in the future is a whole other conversation.”
“Man of Steel” opens June 14