David S. Goyer is the co-writer (alongside Christopher Nolan) of Man Of Steel. He's also the film's producer, and a director in his own right as well as a TV exec and, as they say, a whole lot more. He knows a huge number of secrets, and in our recent Man Of Steel spoiler podcast he shared a few of them. One such secret includes explaining how Man Of Steel sets up those Justice League movie plans you've all been worrying about.
Spoilers follow, so if you haven't seen Man Of Steel, go see Man Of Steel and come straight back.
Goyer's thoughts on what might come after Man Of Steel in terms of a Justice League movie are below. This followed a question about the Wayne Enterprises logo adorning the satellite seen towards the end of the Super-film.
"Actually I didn’t know about the Wayne Enterprises thing. The LexCorp [logos were] in the script but the Wayne one... I was like, 'Oh that’s cool.' But Zack [Snyder] and I are big fanboys in that regard in the way that Chris [Nolan] isn’t. I mean we can cite certain covers or artists or things like that, [but] Chris just isn’t into that.
"This is just, sort of, y’know, ground zero for (no pun intended) a greater DC universe. This is a shared universe so we’re saying yes, Lex Luthor exists in this world, Bruce Wayne exists in this world. We mentioned S.T.A.R. Labs and so the intention is, if the film is well received, that this would be the starting point for introducing other characters and ultimately, obviously Warner Brothers hopes there will be a Justice League film and perhaps you might start seeing other characters appearing in each other’s films. I think in some ways they’re interested in going perhaps the opposite direction that Marvel has done which may be to do a group film and then spin off."
Marvel's tactic has gone incredibly well for them - box office record-breakingly so - and it's a brave move for Warners to be considering another play, given that this would mean having to introduce several characters, both old and new, and deal with the fallout of what occurred during Man Of Steel. Will Metropolis still be a shell of its former self, or will someone (Lex Luthor?) have rebuilt it all by then...?
It's all very much up in the air, and it's all very exciting. As you already know, Man Of Steel is out now, and so is the Empire podcast spoiler special these quotes come from, which you can listen to in full here or below...