‘Justice League’ Delays Highlight Difference Between Marvel And DC Films

by Brett White

With anticipation for “Man of Steel” riding high, longtime DC Comics fans can’t help but look past this year’s super-film and towards the future. The film everyone hopes to finally see, and the one that’s had a troubled time getting off the ground, is “Justice League.” The film would unite all of DC’s major heroes together on one team, much in the same way “Avengers” did for Marvel last year. Of course DC and Warner Bros would want this to happen, since people kinda liked that “Avengers” movie, but it’s easier said than done. The movie’s been put on hold and then scrapped, and has been subject to a lot of false rumors (Ben Affleck to direct?).

Collider reports that “Man of Steel” screenwriter (and another rumored candidate for the JL director’s chair) David Goyer had this to say about “Justice League” when asked if he’d like to make it:

“I don’t know, honestly. I go back and forth. I mean, I think that on Batman and Superman, Chris [Nolan] has taken a different approach. I love the Marvel films and they’re really fun, but he’s definitely taken a different approach so far, which is that each of these movies is its own cohesive universe and at least with Batman it seems to have worked out. So, I don’t know. I’m not sure. I think it would depend with who. This has been a dream experience, so it’s hard to imagine it getting better than this, maybe it could be.”

Goyer points out the difference between the Marvel and DC films, noting that the Marvel Studios clearly set out on a road to “Avengers” with “Iron Man” way back in 2008, hinting at a larger world thanks to one brief, post-credits cameo by Nick Fury. Christopher Nolan took a decidedly different approach with his Batman trilogy, creating such a dense and somewhat realistic environment that’s hard to imagine actual super-powered beings living in.

Fans are also looking forward to more Superman films, especially if “Man of Steel” is as awesome as the trailers make it look. But as per Nolan’s movie-making method, planning for sequels was strictly forbidden during the creation process.

“Chris hates approaching movies that way. It would be disingenuous to say that the studio isn’t hoping that this will spawn another two or three movies. But, Chris doesn’t like approaching things that way and he hates doing sequel bait or just deliberately planning things that would be used in other movies. There are a number of times where I came up with an idea and I said, ’Oh, I have an idea, but if we did that, we’d kind of shoot our wad. We might want to save that.’ Chris said, ’Don’t say that. Just shoot your wad.’ Only because he said, ’Let’s make the best movie we can possibly make and worry about the sequel later.'”

“Man of Steel” hits theaters on June 14th, and we’ll just have to wait and see about potential sequels and a “Justice League” movie.

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