With Warner Bros. Pictures announcing earlier this week that they plan to get a "Justice League" movie off the ground and in theaters as early as Summer 2013, one obvious question arose.
Namely, how in the world would Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern fit into this equation as all three are key characters within the 'League'. With Chris Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" wrapping up Christian Bale's take on the character the year beforehand, the idea of casting a new Batman isn't that shocking even if it seems rushed.
Ryan Reynolds turn as "Green Lantern" has yet to be seen and the production of 'League' is far enough off that it wouldn't be a big surprise if they could get him involved or re-cast with someone else should the audience not warm to the upcoming movie.
The real issue is "Superman". In December next year Warners will be asking audiences to take the journey with Henry Cavill as the new Clark Kent/Superman in director Zack Snyder's reboot. So will Cavill also be in the "Justice League" film ala "The Avengers"? It would seem not.
Speaking at the "Sucker Punch" premiere, director Zack Snyder tells HeyUGuys that his film "doesn't [connect]. Like what Chris Nolan is doing and what I'm doing with 'Superman', what they'll do with 'Justice League' will be it's own thing with its own Batman and own Superman. We'll be over here with our movie and they'll kinda get to do it twice, which is kind of cool."
The news effectively shoots down calls that DC/Warner is trying to copy Marvel and its shared character universe - instead, DC seems intent on pursuing stand-alones with only a few crossovers. The advantage of this is if the audience warms to one or two particular actors in 'League', the studio could spin them off into all new franchises. The potential downside is with numerous actors playing the same role at once, it could devalue the character brand.