By Matthew McKibben | May 28, 2014
Kevin Smith is turning out to be the man to follow if you’re interested in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice news. For months, he was the best source of information regarding the Batsuit, giving us a tease of what was in store with the suit and then adding context (about color mostly) once the now famous black and white picture was released. Now Kevin Smith has more information about what they’re up to over at Warner Bros. and DC and its seems as if they studios are firmly in the Justice League business. Talking with ComicBook.com, Smith says:
“They’re obviously beginning something, and there’s a stretch of these flicks. This is the beginning of the Justice League, as we all suspected as they were announcing that cast. We were like, ‘This is the beginning of a Justice League movie.’ From what I understand now, it’s no longer like, ‘This is Superman 2.’ They’re not doing these things. They’re doing like, ‘Here’s Man of Steel. Here’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ The next one is not like a sequel to one of the characters. They’re just going to keep building their universe for about five or six movies. But all of them… it’s supposed to tell one massive story, which is all Justice League oriented.”
My two cents: After months of ongoing fan griping that “DC doesn’t know what they’re doing” and “they need to Universe build like Marvel does,” it seems that DC has a few tricks up their sleeve and is instead taking a different approach. The Marvel approach is very much a character movie followed by a character movie plus extra Marvel characters thrown in followed by another character movie with another character thrown in, all building towards the climactic massive team-up movie ala The Avengers.
This approach seems to be more like a massive season-long tv arc in which characters are basically introduced from the get-go and that each following story builds upon the massiveness of the previous movie. Ben Affleck has stated from his initial casting that he was reluctant to sign on to play Batman until DC gave him a pitch as to what they were attempting to do. I was curious as to what that could possibly mean, but this seems to be what he’s referencing. This plan is a massive one and one that, I’m guessing will tie in numerous origin stories into a larger overall story arc.
It would not surprise me to see this story traverse space and time, covering everything from the Green Lantern Corps to Wonder Woman’s origins. I would be shocked if we didn’t also get individual standalone movies, however all indications are that Warner Bros. is firmly in the Justice League business.