‘The Dark Knight’ Was Almost Set In The DCEU, Says ‘Man Of Steel’ Writer

The DCEU started in 2013 with Man of Steel.

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Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer has revealed that Warner Bros. originally had plans to set The Dark Knight trilogy in the DCEU.

David S. Goyer has lent his creative talents to tons of DC properties, including Man of Steel, which he helped shape alongside The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan and Watchmen helmer Zack Snyder. Prior to writing the script for Man of Steel, Goyer wrote Batman Begins and the stories for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, solidifying him as Warner Bros.’s go-to DC writer. When Man of Steel was being launched in 2013 as the start of the DC Extended Universe, many were wondering if Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy would be retroactively considered as the actual start of the DCEU. Unfortunately, Nolan’s Batman trilogy remained stand-alone, and Ben Affleck was brought on to play Bruce Wayne for the DCEU.

However, early conversations between Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, and Warner Bros. indicated that the studio was insistent to see The Dark Knight trilogy be a part of the DCEU. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Goyer confirmed that early plans saw the Batman trilogy being set in the same universe as Man of Steel but Nolan was the one who struck the idea down.

 “Chris always wanted to keep the Dark Knight films as a separate entity and [the studio] kept wanting, understandably, to pull him into a whole DC expanded universe.”

“Chris obviously was a producer on Man of Steel, and it’s tempting to think they were linked, but they really weren’t. I mean, I’m sure one could retroactively do it.”

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Henry Cavill’s Superman, the first hero in the DCEU, was last seen in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Here is a plot synopsis for the film:

“In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”

The Snyder Cut stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, JK Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter