Jeez, I'm on vacation for three days and apparently I miss out on a huge chunk of fairly exciting news... anyway, better late than never, right? There's been so much unofficial banter about the DC films, so it's nice to see Jeff Robinov, the President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, finally chat about the subject.
For months, we've wondered if Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy would be a part of the DC's cinematic future. Well, boys and girls, it looks like it isn't. Speaking to EW, Robinov said, “I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world.” He then added, “[Nolan’s] Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”
To me, this is fantastic news. Sure, Nolan's films are great and all (okay, maybe I'm not the biggest fan of Rises), but to see that franchise's cast change to a more comic booky tone (super powers and all) would definitely be a bit jarring. Besides, I think this allows for a more "unrealistic" take on Batman and will (hopefully) provide a fresh take on the character. Now, just because they're rebooting him doesn't mean we need to see an origin story all over again. Hopefully they'll take a note from The Incredible Hulk or Punisher: War Zone and wrap up the origin story everyone already knows during the opening credits. This is of course assuming WB does indeed stand behind these franchises, and seeing how much money Batman generates, it's tough to believe they wouldn't.
Additionally, the WB exec says Man of Steel is just the beginning of what's to come from the DC movieverse. “It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, it’s definitely a first step." Now, does this mean there will be any kind of cameo or easter egg for the Justice League in the film? Only time will tell for that one, but it's good to see some reassurance instead of "we'll wait to see if Man of Steel does well before deciding to move forward!" There's also a big change to the new Superman story -- kryptonite isn't in it. Director Zack Snyder broke the news in an interview and it looks like Kal-El's powers are possibly something he had from birth -- making him unique even on his home planet.
Meanwhile in the world of casting news, it looks like the star of Sons of Anarchy may be able to outrace a motorcycle while on foot. This is still super early and absolutely not confirmation of any kind, but Chud is claiming actor Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) could possibly be the man WB wants as the Flash. According to them, their source says the actor is being used in concept art of the character. Naturally, this isn't flat out saying he is the person WB wants, but it looks like it's a possibility.
Viners, how are you feeling about DC's cinematic future? Do you have faith in WB and think they'll create something that can contend with The Avengers or do you have big concerns? Go ahead and give the comments section a piece of your mind.