Tell us what you think about Man of Steel 2 and the idea of Superman/Batman?
I loved that the studio announced a sequel pretty early on in the release of Man of Steel and while I would have preferred a straight sequel before we had a team-up with Batman, I have to admit I'm pretty thrilled at the notion of seeing those two characters together. I'm a bit nervous about it being inspired by The Dark Knight Returns, because in that story Batman kicks Superman's ass and it would serve Supes much better if the filmmakers remember that this is a sequel to Man of Steel and ensure that Superman doesn't become a guest star in his own movie. Let's hope that the battle between them is just a small part of the film.
Your picks for villains in the Man of Steel sequel?
I have to assume that Lex Luthor will be the villain, and that he'll be able to use events from the first film to propel the second. I can just imagine, "This alien destroyed Metropolis, but I, Lex Luthor, rebuilt it." He will no doubt start a propaganda campaign against Superman, highlighted by YouTube footage captured by someone of Superman breaking Zod's neck. This could draw in Batman who's not going to let something similar happen to Gotham City. Humorous bit could be if Superman and Batman discover each other's identities, and Batman tells Superman he owes him for that satellite that was destroyed in the first film.
Luthor could also salvage the remains of Superman's ship and inadvertently activate Brainiac, which could become a threat in the third film.
Very curious to see what they come up with, though I wish Nolan was still involved on the story level. I have to believe he played an important role in rooting things in Man of Steel.
What do you think of the fate of the Justice League movie?
I'm THRILLED that Warner Bros. has decided to slow things down and work their ways toward Justice League. They may not want to copy Marvel, but The Avengers NEVER would have worked as well as it did without the buildup from the individual Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk films. Besides, Superman/Batman represents something that WB has that Marvel does not: a natural team-up of their two most iconic characters.
Critics and fans seem to be completely split on the Man of Steel movie, either hating it or loving it. Why do you think that is?
I really do believe it's a generational split, which I'm not basing on any scientific evidence whatsoever. I think many people came in with the preconceived notion of what Superman would be and were disappointed that it wasn't. This is NOT the typical "truth, justice and the American way" Superman, and THAT is the thing that simultaneously appealed to other people who did not have the character's history in mind. But here's the thing: as vocal as many critics were, the fact that this movie has grossed $650 million worldwide says that A LOT of people actually did like it and saw it more than once.
We know it's not a comic book question, but we want to know what you think of Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo in the upcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie?
As a long-time fan of James Bond and that whole spy genre, and now a huge fan of Henry's, I think it could be a great combination. Hopefully he'll be able to play Napoleon Solo as a Brit — as charming as he was as Superman with his American accent, if you've watched any of his interviews (and I know you guys have) he is so damn ingratiating when he speaks as himself. He comes across as one of us, and that's incredibly exciting to sense in a performer.
* Read part one of this interview HERE.