A Justice League movie may be more likely to happen later rather than sooner, according to Man of Steel star Henry Cavill in an interview with long-time movie critic Peter Travers, posted last week by ABC News.
When asked about the possibility of playing Superman again, Cavill said he had "no idea" at that point. Speaking more specifically about the prospect of a Justice League movie, Cavill said such a film "could be great," but he hopes that it doesn't happen right away, due to the challenge of introducing multiple high-powered characters that could fit into the tone established by Man of Steel. Here's the full quote:
"Justice League could be great — if done correctly. It's a very tough one to do, because the DC comic heroes are all godlike in their power. In this real world universe, or realer 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. And so it won't be right away, certainly not, or I hope it's not, anyway. It may take some time of building up other movies and other characters, and then introduce together, in one way or another."
Travers then brought up how big of a hit last year's Avengers was ($1.5 billion in worldwide gross, the third highest-earning film of all time), suggesting that a Justice League movie could be received similarly. "I think it'd be great to do, but I don't think it's around the corner," Cavill responded.
A Justice League movie was said last year to be in development for 2015, but very little concrete news has surfaced since. Before Man of Steel debuted in domestic theaters, a sequel was reported to already be in development. Following the movie's record-breaking debut earlier this month (highest June opening weekend in history at $113.1 million), Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., told The Wall Street Journal that the door had now been opened "to do combinations of the DC Comics characters."
Through this past weekend (its second in stateside release), Man of Steel had made $398 million, worldwide, now the highest-grossing Superman movie of all time. Here's the interview with Travers in full, which also includes more general thoughts from Cavill on his experiences making Man of Steel, and growing up a chubby child in the island of Jersey.