Hot on the heels of the Batman Rebooted story, and the news that DC honcho Jeff Robinov plans to have a Justice League movie up and running for a 2013 release, comes this intriguing nugget from new Superman director Zack Snyder.
Heyuguys scooped the scoop from the red carpet at the UK Sucker Punch premier. Asking Snyder how his and Henry Cavill's Clark Kent would fit in the JLA, the simple response was "He doesn't."
"What I'm doing with Superman is like what Chris Nolan did with Batman," quoth Snyder, "and what they'll do with Justice League will be its own thing, with its own Batman and its own Superman. We'll be over here with our movie, and they'll kinda get to do it twice, which is kinda cool..."
Curiouser and curiouser, and of course, that's not an official statement from DC or Warners, and Snyder may be speaking out of turn. But it does sound like a reasonable explanation of how on Krypton DC plans to get a Justice League released so quickly: mere months after The Man of Steel. Everyone has been looking to Marvel's Avengers strategy as a template, but perhaps that's never what DC has had in mind.
Interestingly, this was ever so. Cast your mind back to George Miller's proposed Justice League, which crashed a couple of years ago (due to the writers' strike and some odd Australian tax shenanigans), and the story was basically the same. That film would have seen Armie Hammer as a Batman running concurrently with Christian Bale's, with Adam Brody as The Flash, Common as Green Lantern, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman and DJ Cotrona (as opposed to Brandon Routh) as Supes.
Fan backlash had begun before the project shut down, but wasn't the reason for the its collapse. Is this that same film, belatedly resurrected? It's sounding as if DC still has confidence that the JLA can exist parallel to its main movie superhero canon. What say you?