When Marvel Studios decided to put together next year's mega blockbuster "The Avengers," they made the bold choice to include all the actors and characters from their other superhero franchises, including "Iron Man"'s Robert Downey Jr., "Captain America"'s Chris Evans and "Thor"'s Chris Hemsworth. The ambitious shared world continuity is like nothing seen on film before and it has led comic book fans to pretty much go out of their skulls with rapture.
But there's at least one group of people who don't think it's a good idea: the executives at Warner Bros.
In an interview with the website Hey U Guys, "Superman" director Zack Snyder revealed that while Warner Bros. may be working on a Justice League film, it won't have anything to do with his movie or with Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" films, but instead will feature all-new, unrelated versions of both heroes. Crap.
Yesterday, of course, we told you that Warner Bros. was planning to launch a "Justice League" franchise in 2013, which would tie together "Superman," "The Dark Knight" and "green Lantern" just as "The Avengers" is tying together the Marvel films. Now, however, it turns out that Warner Bros. has decided to go with DC Comics' Earth-2 alternate universe approach instead and offer up completely different versions of the characters instead.
We know this because when Snyder was asked how "Justice League" will fit in with his plans for "Superman, he said "It doesn’t. 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 it’s own Batman and own Superman. We’ll be over here with our movie and they’ll kinda get to do it twice which is kinda cool."
Though the decision make sense from a logistical sense -- coordinating storylines and signing all the actors to multi-picture deals would be a massive undertaking -- from a fanboy sense, this is a pretty big disappointment. And we have to wonder if having two versions of Batman and Superman on the big screen simultaneously is really going to work for movie fans.
Here's the clip of Snyder dropping the geek bomb during an interview at the London premiere of "Sucker Punch;" his tear-inducing comments about "Justice League" begin about a minute into the interview: