David Goyer Talks New Batman in JUSTICE LEAGUE and MAN OF STEEL 2
It was recently revealed that Dark Knight and Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer will be writing scripts for the Man of Steel sequel and Justice League. As much as I enjoyed Man of Steel, I have to say one of it's major weak points was the script, so I'm not completely 100% confident in Goyer taking on these next two superhero films.
While Goyer has been doing press for Man of Steel, he's been answering questions about what his plans for these next two movies are. He revealed in an interview with Hey U Guys that the new Justice League movie would most definitely feature a new Batman and not Christian Bale, which is a rumor that was already debunked awhile back, but I guess it need more debunking. Here's what he said.
It would be disingenuous to say Warner Bros doesn’t hope that this would be the starting point for a shared universe. And Zack has said that Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. It would be a different Bruce Wayne from Chris’ [Nolan] Dark Knight trilogy, and it would be disingenuous to say that Zack and I haven’t had various conversations on set, around ‘what if’ and ‘moving forward’.
That having been said, it’s all going to depend on the next few weeks. Warner Bros has hopes that there will be more Man Of Steel films, and that this will be the beginning of a shared universe. We could meet Batman, or Wonder Woman, or the Justice League in these movies. But they all hinge on box office reception.
I'm pretty sure that a Superman sequel will be made, and I've been saying for awhile that if they do, it would be a great opportunity to introduce Batman. I want that Batman and Superman team up movie. Goyer goes on to say,
I think Warner Bros has seen – and Chris deserves the biggest credit for this – that we were able to revitalise Batman and put it into the first billion dollar superhero film. And they’re hoping that Superman will be revistalised as well. And if we can do Batman and Superman, then maybe we can move on to Wonder Woman, and The Flash, and characters like that.
Hopefully they can figure it all out and finally get some more good DC comics movies made. I think Man of Steel is a solid starting point: they don't need to reboot it again, but there's still a lot of room for improvement.
Goyer also talked with CraveOnline about Lex Luthor appearing in the Man of Steel universe, saying,
If Lex is going to exist in the world, we would presumably have to give him the same treatment that we gave Lois Lane in the first film, which is make him a credible character. [...] He’s gotta be a man of incredible intelligence, and presumably a man of incredible wealth and incredible resources.
I'm curious to see the direction they end up taking Superman, and how they set up their DC cinematic universe. I don't know when or if they'll ever reach the level of awesomeness that Marvel has attained, but we'll see.