Damon Lindelof has a knack for dividing fandom, think Lost or Prometheus, but he’s also got a reputation for being a fixer, like he did with the climax issues around the upcoming World War Z. Well, if Lindelof is so smart, why doesn’t he tells us how he get Justice League in front of the cameras finally? Well, the Hollywood Reporter put that question to the writer/producer during a recent round of press for Star Trek Into Darkness.
“The Justice League problem? I think a lot of that depends on Man of Steel,” Lindelof explains. “The Justice League problem is not a problem of, who is the bad guy that Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, Superman, whoever you decide to pit them against. The problem is: What’s the tone of that movie? They’ve been struggling with launching their own tone.
Tell us more Lindelof, and cite specific examples.
“The tone of Green Lantern is very different from the tone of The Dark Knight,” Lindelof says. “They clearly inhabit two entirely different worlds. You want to feel like someone is establishing a world where the Justice League can exist, maybe Man of Steel is that movie. If Man of Steel works, and it’s great, I think it starts to make sense where Paradise Island is in that world. Because that’s an entirely different world than the one [Dark Knight director] Christopher Nolan introduced.”
He’s right, but I don’t think anyone was ever looking at Nolan’s Bat-films as part of a shared universe situation. It can be done, obviously, but the studio needs to ask itself: do they want to create good films whether or not they fit into a larger schism, or push hard for Justice League not caring whether they’re producing anything of quality or not. Lately, it’s seemed that Warners has been eying the latter and not the former.
Before signing off, Lindelof did talk about another matter concerning Man of Steel, its PG-13 rating. Let’s let the man himself explain:
“It should be PG,” says Lindelof. “In the spirit of not throwing stones from the glass house in which one resides, the same should be said of Star Trek. The limitation between PG and PG-13, particularly as it pertains to violence — there’s no sex in Star Trek. There are a couple of ‘s-words,’ but only because we already knew we were going to get PG-13. They are easily excisable. I always loved that moment in ‘Temple of Doom’ when Indy says, ‘s—.’ Because that’s exactly what he would say. You don’t use it to be gratuitous, but it’s what a character would say in that moment. Donner’s Superman is a very adult movie. It doesn’t feel like it’s being whitewashed or watered down in any way. It feels real, cool, fun, escapist and upbeat. The larger thing for Man of Steel is like, ‘Yes, we all are consuming darker stories.’ Again, glass house. But it’s like, ‘Is there any way we can get the word dark in it?'”
What do you Bastards think of Lindelof’s comments? Feel free to disagree, I know how much love there is out there for the man.