Time for more from David Goyer, the screenwriter of Man of Steel.
I've been off chatting to him this afternoon, and our discussion approached the movie from many different angles. I already shared his comments on some scenes that were deleted from Man of Steel, and I'll be passing on more bits and pieces as the day goes on.
Right now, though, we come to Goyer's comments on how Man of Steel might set up the proposed Justice League movie.
I say "might" as – quite clearly not wanting to curse himself or Man of Steel's prospects – Goyer framed Justice League only as a possibility. This weekend's box office should firm things up, though.
I honestly believe a Justice League movie that shares the Man of Steel universe is pretty much a certainty at this point.
So, here's the Justice League-relevant portion of our chat. It should also give you some more insight into Man of Steel.
David Goyer: It is our intention that, in success, this would be the zero issue and from this point onward, possible films could expand into a shared universe. In our world, the Man of Steel world, Zack has gone on record saying that we're implying there are other superheroes in this world. But I don't know that they've come forward yet. The idea is that Superman is the first one. There might be people helping people, but not in costumes, and that Superman comes forward and announces himself to the world. In him announcing himself, he's the one that changes things.
Bleeding Cool: You're positing a cause and effect?
David Goyer: Yes, yes absolutely, in our mind.
Bleeding Cool: And so now, Bruce Wayne will feel alright in his ears, where he might not have dressed up like that before. Is that the kind of thinking?
David Goyer: Well, yes… there's definitely… I don't want to get too in depth. Obviously, Zack and I have had conversations… but there would be a cause and effect. And that would extend to the collateral damage that happened, and to what other countries feel about the fact Superman calls America his home. Man of Steel doesn't exist in a vaccum.
It's not yet clear if a second Superman film will beat Justice League into cinemas, but it is clear that Goyer is thinking about both at once. His comments on the next Superman film will follow later, as well as a lot more on Man of Steel.
Just in case you missed the news, Man of Steel will open across the UK and US tomorrow, June 14th. And it's going to be huge.