Can multiple movie versions of Superman exist at the same time? Hell, can the audience handle any superhero with two or more different versions on screen? That’s the question that’s always rumbling in DC fandom, and with the news that multiple movie versions of Batman are in the works, and possibly two different incarnations of Superman at the same time as the upcoming reboot of JJ Abrams and Ta-Nehisi Coates, it’s it seems like a possibility that fans will have to deal with.
In a recent conversation with ComicBook.com, DC producer Charles Roven expressed his feelings on the subject of multiple versions of one character getting movies at the same time, explaining how he believes it could work.
“If they want to follow a filmmaker’s vision, you have to consider multiple visions,” says Roven. ‘You can’t help it. Not everyone will think the same. So I think if someone brings them a coherent vision I get it, and I could be wrong because I haven’t read the script or anything, but even in The flash thing that supposedly has multiple Batmans, it has a somewhat cohesive vision of the universe created since Ezra Miller played The Flash. And so they don’t say ‘never’ to anything, and I like that. It must work. You know what I mean? It must work. You really have to be able to say, ‘This is what I’m really going to deliver, and then it has to work.’”
“Frankly, the comic books this is all based on, the canon this is all based on, have never… [said ‘Never’]’ Raven continued. “They’ve been able to do great off-shoots and listen, look at what Geoff Johns has done by helping make the New 52 when the canon got a little old. And look what… He did it again when he made all the different Lanterns, not just a Green Lantern. I mean, why couldn’t you do that in the movie medium, in the movie medium?”
Robben, known for producing films like The Dark Knight and Zack Snyder’s Justice League, opened up about producing more Superman movies. While he’s excited about what JJ Abrams is doing, Roven says he only works with one Superman.
“I am only attached to everything that is derived from” Man of Steel. So once Henry Cavill is no longer part of… Superman, then I’m not attached to Superman. Right now, I think I’m attached to now Justice League. I am attached to Wonder Woman, and I’m attached to The Suicide Squad.”
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