For months now, rumours have been circling about Warner Bros. launching the DC Cinematic Universe, bringing to the big screen the publisher’s counterpart to Marvel’s The Avengers with the anticipated, and long in-development, Justice League movie.
Recent reports suggest that, if all goes well with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel in the coming weeks, then he’ll be asked to return to the fold to take the helm for Justice League. And that prospect is definitely something to get excited about.
Everything we’ve seen from Man of Steel suggests Snyder has done an incredible job of rebooting the Superman character, and smart money says the film will be one of the biggest and best of the year.
Whilst nothing has been officially announced, Snyder himself has teased that, in all likelihood, a DC Cinematic Universe would begin with Man of Steel and move on from there. And, again officially, it remains to be seen whether the studio would go directly into Justice League from Man of Steel or take the Marvel route, launching a handful of solo blockbusters (effectively, origin stories), before bringing the group together to face off against a Big Bad. (Though reports have begun to come in that Man of Steel 2 would start to set up Justice League, with Warner Bros. developing other solo movies beyond.)
Personally, depending on how Man of Steel 2 starts to introduce other superheroes, I think I’d like to see at least one or two more solo features before we go into Justice League. As much as I’d love to see Justice League hitting theatres sooner rather than later – the initial Summer 2015 release date that has been teased would be amazing – I think the studio would be in a stronger position if they rebooted, say, Batman, made a Wonder Woman movie and a Man of Steel sequel, and maybe even a World’s Finest, before bringing everyone together for Justice League. (Not to mention the fact that the superhero genre is in need of some solo female characters like Wonder Woman.)
Whatever happens, I’m very much optimistic that Man of Steel will be the launch point from which we move forward towards Justice League. So with that in mind, here is a wish list for those I think would be amazing in the line-up.
As mentioned above, I’m rooting for Man of Steel to be the starting point for this upcoming DC Cinematic Universe. With that in mind, Henry Cavill is really the only person I want playing Superman.
Cavill’s involvement would secure Man of Steel’s status as that desired beginning, just as Robert Downey, Jr. helped to launch the franchise for Marvel with Iron Man back in 2008.
So really my vote lies solely with Cavill. He’s brilliant in all we’ve seen from Snyder’s blockbuster. So much so that now, when I think of Superman, I think of Cavill. And that is exactly how everyone has felt about Tony Stark / Downey, Jr. for years. Nothing could dissuade me from wanting Cavill to don the blue costume, the red cape, and that awesome logo, hopefully for many more films to come.
With Superman now cast, we move on to five candidates worthy of bringing the Dark Knight back to the big screen.