Screenwriter is about to become the King of Hollywood, with reports surfacing via Deadline that he inked a contract to pen the script for a 3-picture deal with Warner Bros, including Man of Steel and its inevitable follow-up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. And the third movie?
That's right, folks. That JLA movie we all thought would never happen has not only landed its writer, he's also reportedly ready to start working on the script ASAP, assuming MoS does well at the box office. And provided a meteorite doesn't completely destroy the planet in the next few weeks, Superman is going to laser-beam-eyes everything at the box office. So I think it's safe to assume Goyer will be hard at work on the Justice League script in the immediate future.
And with this monster deal inked, Goyer's confidence - and cockiness - is up. At the Man of Steel premiere in New York, the writer had this first shot fired at the Avengers franchise:
They've got a little kryptonite pellet embedded in my heart and if I say anything it will explode, but I would be a very rich man for all the times I was asked that question. It all depends on how the [Man of Steel] does. I would love to see a Justice League film, absolutely. Put the Avengers on notice.
I really want to see Goyer and have the nerdiest steel cage battle in history now. Whedon gets any of Iron Man's suits and tech at his disposal, while Goyer gets to call in Batman for his gadgets. YES. Forget JLA and Avengers, I want to see this movie. Dance for me, puppets, DANCE.
In all seriousness, this could be a stroke of brilliance on the part of Warner to ink Goyer as the writer for all three scripts, or it could blow up in their collective faces, depending on the strength of Goyer's scripts. I like the idea that one guy will be handling all three movies, as the continuity between the three should be iron-clad and not leave fans with any room to complain about inconsistencies from one movie to another. And with providing another link of continuity between the rebooted Batman and Superman franchises, this assures fans that DC's answer to Marvel's new Cinematic Universe will be built upon a solid, consistent foundation.
On the other hand, if fans decide that they don't smell what Goyer is cooking, DC could be in for a world of trouble in having rested all their proverbial eggs in Goyer's basket.
In either case I would expect any Justice League movie to be huge, going head-to-head with The Avengers-type huge, and supplant the XBox vs. Playstation argument as the one true geek battle on these here internets for the next few years.