In perhaps the first indication of level-headed thinking at the studio, Henry Cavill is claiming that Warners isn’t going to rush into Justice League. Until now, all public information (including rumors) indicated that the studio was testing the waters to see how much interest there would be in an attempt for them to have a delicious Avengers-style cake without following the slow cooker recipe. This was all before the litmus test of Man of Steel, but even though it’s been a big success, the star is indicating that the horses haven’t left the stable quite yet for a team-up flick.
In an interview with ABC News (via Variety), Cavill said, “Justice League could be great if done correctly. It’s a very tough one to do because the DC comic heroes are all god-like in their power. 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. 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.”
Imagine that. An actor who understands the nature of the narrative difficulty and the need to build things with purpose instead of throwing a mess of superheroes together and shouting, “Hey! We thought that’s what you people wanted!”.
The “I hope” portion of his comment is the caveat (since he won’t have control over how fast the movie moves ahead), but it’s telling that a little over a year ago there were reports of Warner Bros. taking meetings with directors (remember when Ben Affleck was on deck?) and striving for a 2013 shoot date, and now an emissary from the anchor for their omnibus is saying that the jets have cooled.
All of this is good news. A rush job is how fans get disappointed and money gets left on the table. Warners should absolutely focus on doing this the right way, and that means taking their time. The result will be a better experience for the audience and stronger insurance against a massive-budget flop. There’s no need to get ahead of the team-building portion. Besides, they haven’t even announced a Flash stand-alone picture yet.
Let’s see if they start to schedule solo movies for Justice League members over the next few years. That will be the real test of whether they’re genuinely following Marvel’s example or not.