Last year, when Christopher Nolan agreed to shepherd a new "Superman" film in addition to directing his upcoming third "Batman" film, "The Dark Knight Rises," many observers speculated that it could be the beginning of a shared movie universe similar to Marvel Studios’ "Iron Man," "Captain America" and "Thor" films, which are building towards "The Avengers."
However, producer Charles Roven dispelled those notions during a recent interview with our affiliate, Shock Till You Drop.
When asked specifically if the films would have a shared universe down the line, Roven replied "No. That may be in somebody’s mind but right now the Batman lives in his world and the Superman lives in his world. Those stories are those stories and we haven’t thought beyond each individual picture."
"We’re really excited to be doing another film with Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas," continued Roven. "We’ve had great experiences working together. I just really enjoy making those films and being there to help Chris try and realize this amazing vision that he’s had for his ‘Batman’ series. I’m also really thrilled that I was invited into the ‘Superman’ process as well. It’s going to be interesting. Those are two really big films and they both have an exciting and eager fanbase that’s waiting. I’ve been a huge fan of Zack Snyder’s since, really, ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and had a great meeting with him that resulted in us working together. Chris and Emma are also producing that film with me as is Deborah Snyder. So we’re having a really great time working on both this films right now."
Roven also elaborated on the large task ahead and when both films are expected to be released.
"It’s a huge workload," said Roven. "But there’s a way we’ve been talking about how to make it work. Hopefully, there will be a little bit of time in-between the start of production on both of them. Right now ‘Dark Knight Rises’ is coming out in the summer of 2012 and ‘Superman’ is coming out in the winter of 2012. So hopefully — and we’re just at the beginning phases of both of them. We haven’t even entered official pre-production on either one of them — there will be a little bit of room. They’re both going to be long shoots. I’m sure there’s going to be some overlap, but hopefully there’ll be as little overlap as possible."
Regarding the recent rumors of a completely CGI Superman, Roven didn’t exactly deny it. But he did seem to dismiss it as hearsay.
"You know, one of the things that you probably know about me and us working on this movie is that the rumors are the rumors and when we have something to say, we’ll say it. Until we do, there’s nothing to say."