‘Man Of Steel’ Opens Portal For DC Comics Superhero Movies

Man of Steel has been planned as a door opener for other DC Comics superhero movies, Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov revealed in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

The full interview appears in this week’s issue of the print magazine, but the EW website shared some juicy tidbits on Thursday.

“I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world,” Robinov told the publication.

“[Nolan’s] Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes. What Zack [Snyder] and Chris [Nolan] have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”

Robinov added that the company would announce something “in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making,” presumably before the film’s June 14 release date.

Screenwriter David S. Goyer, in earlier comments to EW, warned fans of the master plan not to get their hopes up for any sequel baiting in the Man of Steel.

“One of the things we dealt with on the Batman films is, Chris dislikes it when you plan something, when you say, ‘I’m going to follow this up in the next film.’ … He’s always said put everything you have into this film and then worry about the next film later. That gives the film its own integrity as opposed to being part of an overall plan.”

Goyer continued: “So of course the comic book fans, it’s hard not to think about [crossovers] but I, having done three Batman films and worked in that way, it’s definitely the approach we took with Man of Steel.” Here’s more from Goyer and cast members:

In other words, Joker carrying card-style hints a la Batman Begins? Yes. An appearance by Wonder Woman? Not likely.

As interested as we would be in seeing, say, Charlie Hunnam turn up as The Flash / Wally West — thanks for the tip Cinematic Happenings Under Development — it’s probably not going to happen.

However, early buzz on the film has been largely positive, and fan interest has steamrolled in the last month thanks to speculation of a Lex Luthor appearance, so we can live without it at this time as long as the movie rocks.

Are you looking forward to Man of Steel? What Easter eggs do you think Warner, Nolan, and Snyder, have hiding up their sleeves?