While current US box office juggernaut “Man of Steel” does ostensibly play effectively as a stand-alone comic book movie piece, Warner Bros did have writer David Goyer inject into the screenplay some subtle suggestions that ‘Superman’ mightn’t be alone in this world in regards to other superheroes.
Talking to Bleeding Cool about sequel plans for the ‘Superman’ reboot, Goyer suggests Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash, among others, most definitely exist in the same world as this incarnation of Superman. And yes, we’ll likely see them all gather in the future.
Chris [Nolan] was very clear that the Dark Knight trilogy exists in its own finite universe. But everybody is aware that it was Warner’s intention there would be some kind of shared universe.
I believe I wrote a Lexcorp easter egg into the script and we mentioned STAR Labs at one point, which some comic book readers will be aware of. Zack slipped in the Wayne Industries satellite and I first saw that in the rough cut.
The challenge for us moving forward is how to depict Superman in a world like this, in a world where Twitter exists, in a world with social media. To me, the interesting challenge is “Could he solve hunger in the horn of Africa? What would he do with the Arab Spring? What would he do in Syria?”
Partly you could argue “How could he not intervene in something like the situation in Syria?” but the other argument is “Is it a hornet’s nest if her intervenes? Does he have the wherewithal or the knowledge to intervene in something like this?”
To me, that’s the interesting challenge. It’s easier for Batman because he just exists in this little pocket of the world, he’s not violating sovereign airspace every day.
There is musing about Lex Luthor, conversations that Zack and I have had on set, but it all depends on what happens over the next month. There are obviously those Lexcorp easter eggs in the film and clearly you can see from that, to the extent to which we can intuit things about Lex, it’s not the Gene Hackman version. This is a Bill Gates-like Lex that is probably worth 50, 60, 70 billion dollars. It’s a very different Lex.
“Man of Steel”, now showing in the U.S and other territories (Australia is still a couple of weeks away from its release), is on its way to earning $200 million on opening week. Nice.