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2. Casting Around Henry Cavill and the New Batman - Whomever That Might Be
One of the biggest positives that can't be denied or argued about Man of Steel is that Henry Cavill makes a great Superman. It does take some time for him to grow on you, but once he's in that costume, he's truly convincing as Superman, and that ending introduction where we see him in the glasses at the Daily Planet makes us want to see more of him as the Clark Kent that's familiar to us. I can only imagine he's going to be as good or better as a Clark Kent in the next movie as well. So how do you cast around that?
Let's face it, at least 90% of moviegoers and comic fans, if not more, would love to see that Clark Kent/Superman in the same room as Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman. Who knows if that will happen, but getting Bale back would be one way to guarantee success for a Justice League movie. (And unfortunately it won't happen since Bale himself has already nixed the idea.) If you can't get him back, well it's just going to make it harder because suddenly you have to cast a bunch of DC superheroes from scratch that can appeal both to the fans of the comics that have collected over the past five to 70 years but also give moviegoers a reason to go to theaters.
One Solution: This is an easy one and it's something Hollywood knows how to do well, which is spending countless hours auditioning and screen testing and doing chemistry reads. Casting a relative unknown as Superman was smart, but you probably can't do that with Wonder Woman and some of the others and thinking outside the box (as Marvel Studios has done with the casting of Mark Ruffalo and others) will do wonders for a great Justice League movie. But first of all, get a good Batman that can stand up to Cavill and I think Warner Bros. may already have a good potential candidate in Armie Hammer who will be appearing with Cavill in Guy Ritchie's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
3. If You Do "Man of Steel 2" in 2015 or 2016, Won't That Make It Even Harder to Introduce Other Characters?
Nothing's been announced as of yet, but the success of Man of Steel and the fact there's already a screenplay for a sequel in the works would make one think that Warner Bros. would go forward with that sequel before trying to do Justice League. If that's the case and we can figure that it's going to take a good two years to make that movie, this means that it will be at least three to four years before we see another DC Universe character, whether it's a solo movie or in Justice League? It's pretty clear that there are no solo movies with a screenplay in shape to start shooting any time soon, but maybe now that Warner Bros. can see what works with the "Dark Knight" movies and Man of Steel, it will be easier to find a direction for the solo characters that can appeal to mass audiences.
One Solution: Warner Bros. is a big studio with a lot more resources than Marvel Studios. Let's try to move forward on at least one other solo movie before worrying about Justice League. I propose figuring out how to make a Wonder Woman work within the world of Man of Steel. I have some great ideas. Call me.
4. How Do You Introduce Flash, Wonder Woman, Etc. in Standalone Movies Without Ripping Off Dark Knight/Man of Steel?
The easy answer might be to say that "you can't" because there have been scripts and development on movies about The Flash and Wonder Woman (and Captain Marvel/Shazam!) for years that don't necessarily take into account what's happened in the "Dark Knight" movies or Man of Steel. Right now, that is the world that's been created for the DC Movie Universe and that's where moviegoers expect to be when these other characters are introduced. They already had some good ideas for a "Flash" movie that's derived from what's been done in the comics, but can that be done in a separate movie or will Barry Allen have to be introduced in a Justice League movie? That's the real question.
One Solution: You can't. Best way to introduce them would be in a Justice League movie and then see which characters/actors click with audiences. In other words, there's a reason why we won't see a standalone Hawkeye movie anytime soon and maybe ever.