Man of Steel was the start of Warner Bros. and DC Comics trying to build a Marvel-like movie empire, and a movie of the Justice League has always seemed to be one of the goals. But Henry Cavill, the British hunk and apparent World of Warcraft fan who plays Superman, wants his overlords to take it slow.
In an interview with ABC News, picked up by Entertainment Weekly, Cavill explained his concerns with the Justice League. "It’s a very tough one to do because the DC comic heroes are all god-like in their power," he said. "So in this real world universe, real-world setting we’re telling our story in, it’s going to be tough to achieve that. It has to be done very delicately with a lot of thought." He continued: "So, it won’t be right away. I hope it’s not, anyway. It may take some time of building up other movies and other characters and introducing them together in one way or another."
But his hopes may be for naught. Even before Man of Steel was officially released the studio fast-tracked plans for a sequel, and The Wall Street Journal cited "knowledgable people" who said that could be released "as soon as" 2014, setting up a Justice League movie for 2015. (Though that report was met with much scrutiny.) And while Cavill seems to have the right idea, writer David S. Goyer said he thinks DC and Warner Bros. are interested in reversing Marvel's formula. Before embarking on The Avengers, which became the third-highest grossing movie of all time, Marvel introduced the various members of that superhero coalition in standalone films. "I think in some ways they’re interested in going perhaps the opposite direction that Marvel has done which may be to do a group film and then spin off," Goyer told Empire via The Playlist. Man of Steel was set up so that various DC characters could exist in the world. Various Easter Eggs in the film revealed connections to other heroes. (Note: Wayne Enterprises.)
And while Cavill may be the least knowledgable about the subject, he told ABC, "I don't think it's around the corner." Just make sure your bosses know that, Superman.