Zack Snyder on ‘Justice League’: ‘The door is definitely open’

June 07, 2013 | 4:57 p.m.

Cooper Timberline plays 9-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Kevin Costner, left, as Jonathan Kent and Diane Lane as Martha Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Dylan Sprayberry plays 13-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Dylan Sprayberry plays 13-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, left, and Dylan Sprayberry as 13-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, left, and Dylan Sprayberry as 13-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, left, and Dylan Sprayberry as 13-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Russell Crowe, left, as Jor-El and Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Warner Bros.)

Amy Adams as Lois Lane, left, and Henry Cavill as Superman in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, left, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, left, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Antje Traue as Faora-Ul, center, and Michael Shannon as General Zod in "Man of Steel." (Warner Bros.)

Amy Adams as Lois Lane, left, Henry Cavill as Superman and Antje Traue as Faora-Ul in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Harry Lennix as Gen. Swanick, left, Christina Wren as Maj. Carrie Farris and Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, left, and Rebecca Buller as Jenny in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Amy Adams as Lois Lane, left, and Christopher Meloni as Col. Nathan Hardy in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

With director Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” still a week away from the multiplex — and expectation for the Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot sky-high — the question has been hanging heavy on fans’ minds: Will a Nolan-style Batman join Snyder’s version of the Last Son of Krypton onscreen for the long-rumored “Justice League” movie?

Hero Complex posed this query to both filmmakers earlier this week in search of answers during interviews for a profile of Snyder that will appear in the Los Angeles Times Sunday, June 16.

In his tchotchke-filled office on the Warner Bros. lot, Snyder confirmed that the seed for “Justice League” — a DC Comics equivalent of Marvel’s “The Avengers” that features a superhero A-list including Aquaman, Batman and Wonder Woman — has indeed been planted within “Man of Steel.”

“Do the DC characters exist in the universe I created? The answer is yes,” Snyder said. “In my mind, we have this fantastic character of Superman. It’s not madness that there would be others.”

“Now, that being said, does a ‘Justice League’ movie exist now? No,” he continued. “Whether or not I ever get to make that movie, I don’t know.”

For his part, Nolan declined to address any involvement in “Justice League” or even look down the turnpike toward future Superman installments beyond his role as “Man of Steel’s” producer and credited “story by” screenwriter.

“What I’ve been hoping for is to be able to take my kids to see a version of this story that is going to fry their imaginations the way the 1978 [‘Superman’] that Dick Donner did for me when I was an 8-year old boy,” Nolan said. “That’s what I’ve been focused on and that’s my role in things. So anything beyond that, I can’t comment.”

Neither filmmaker seems to want to overplay his blockbuster franchise-offshoot cards. Reminded that “Man of Steel” is predicted to haul in around $100 million domestically in its opening next weekend, Snyder began knocking on every wooden surface within arm’s reach for good luck.

He cautioned that “Justice League” was far from a done deal while striking an optimistic note.

“What is real is that there’s a crack — a foot — in the door. That’s promising,” Snyder said. “The door is definitely open.”

– Chris Lee

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3 Responses to Zack Snyder on ‘Justice League’: ‘The door is definitely open’

  1. nalindra says:

    If they want any chance for the JL to work nolan should be a part of it the whole creative universe with goyer and hopefully jonathan nolan. that would be a great team.

  2. David Olawale Ayinde says:

    All Chris Nolan needs to focus on is the forthcoming SuperMan Man of Steel Film. We are all looking forward to it and hope that Henry Cavill will be liked as Superman just as the late Christopher Reeve was when he played the role.

    From the clips I have seen, I think Nolan has done a good job just like he did with the Bat Man reboot films. Superman the Man of Steel will do well! When it does remember me, I would love to get a part in the sequel.

  3. Tanin says:

    Not sure where all this Nolan stuff is coming from. He produced Man of Steel, he didn't direct it. He did have some involvement with the script, but Goyer did the majority of the leg work on that. Nolan has already stated that he spent no time on the set of Man of Steel. Nolan is busy with his new film, Interstellar. This is Zack Snyders and David Goyers film. Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven were more involved than Nolan was.

    Man of steel looks great. Snyder is the right director for the DC universe in my opinion. David Goyer and Bruce Timm should be in charge of the scripts. Will Beall drafted a script for a JL movie, but it was scrapped.

    Here is hoping that Man of Steel will start the continuity for a shared DC universe.

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