David Goyer Talks Hypothetically About Justice League, Starting With “Blank Slate”, Confirms New Batman
All we and anyone else can talk about is the future of DC‘s superheroes as a viable franchise for Warner Bros. Since the conclusion of The Dark Knight trilogy, WB has been fishing for something, anything to fill the void left by the loss of box office behemoths Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. Everyone’s hopes, Warner Bros.’ and ours, rest on Man of Steel.
With its projected $100+ million opening weekend haul things are looking good, financially, and the reviews are mostly positive, but still a mixed bag. (Read ours here!) WB is confident, though, already choosing to green light a sequel with director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer attached. It’s also been reported Goyer would be responsible for writing the long-awaited Justice League movie, though Goyer denies any such thing when talking with Hey U Guys, “It was not reported…! I did not definitely say that.”
They and Den of Geek recently had the chance to interview David Goyer, Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder about the new, big screen version of Supes and they’ll be posting their full interview very soon. In the mean time, Hey U Guys has shared what Goyer had to say when they pushed him to elaborate further about Justice League following Man of Steel,
It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that this would be the starting point for a shared universe. And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris’ [Nolan] Dark Knight trilogy, and it would be disingenuous to say that Zack and I haven’t had various conversations on set, around ‘what if’ and ‘moving forward’.
That having been said, it’s all going to depend on the next few weeks. Warner Bros has hopes that there will be more Man Of Steel films, and that this will be the beginning of a shared universe. We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies. But they all hinge on box office reception.
If that happens, I would be happy, and nervous, to dive in.
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Goyer also confirms were they to move forward in establishing this shared universe they would not be using the Justice League script from Will Beall that’s been floating around for years, saying they’d start from a, “blank slate.” But again, he stresses the importance of Man of Steel’s box office earnings on the possibility of such a future at WB,
They’re hoping that the film does well, but god forbid it doesn’t, things will change. I don’t know how many different iterations of Justice League they’ve tried to mount over the last decade or so. But for one reason or another they haven’t happened. I think Warner Bros has seen – and Chris deserves the biggest credit for this – that we were able to revitalise Batman and put it into the first billion dollar superhero film. And they’re hoping that Superman will be revistalised as well. And if we can do Batman and Superman, then maybe we can move on to Wonder Woman, and The Flash, and characters like that.
It’s like they really, really want us all to go see Man of Steel, or something, right? Jeez, guys, we get it, we’ll go see your superhero movie. Don’t have to be so pushy.
This isn’t such a new development. We’ve been hearing almost since Man of Steel’s inception that the future of Warner Bros.’ DC franchises depends on this movie’s success. Does this alter whether or not you’ll see it? Are you compelled to see Man of Steel in the hopes your ticket could, one day, finance a Wonder Woman, Flash, or Aquaman movie? Since Beall’s script is basically dead, what line-up would you like to see in a Justice League movie?