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Damon Lindelof Offers Thoughts On Justice League Movie & Takes Shots At Man of Steel PG-13 Rating

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Wed, 05/15/2013 - 13:43


Damon Lindelof, the man who wrote Star Trek and Prometheus, offers thoughts on the Justice League movie and the new Superman, Man of Steel.

THR asked Lindelof how he would solve the "Justice League problem" with the writer questioning that notion and responding as follows:

The Justice League problem? I think a lot of that depends on Man of Steel. The Justice League problem is not a problem of, who is the bad guy that Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, Superman, whoever you decide to pit them against. The problem is: What’s the tone of that movie? They’ve been struggling with launching their own tone. The tone of Green Lantern is very different from the tone of The Dark Knight. They clearly inhabit two entirely different worlds. You want to feel like someone is establishing a world where the Justice League can exist, maybe Man of Steel is that movie. If Man of Steel works, and it’s great, I think it starts to make sense where Paradise Island is in that world. Because that’s an entirely different world than the one Christopher Nolan introduced.

Lindelof continues with mention of the Man of Steel PG-13 Rating and seems to say they just made the movie darker (like Star Trek) for the sake of it?

It should be PG. In the spirit of not throwing stones from the glass house in which one resides, the same should be said of Star Trek. The limitation between PG and PG-13, particularly as it pertains to violence -- there’s no sex in Star Trek; there are a couple of “s-words,” but only because we already knew we were going to get PG-13. They are easily excisable. I always loved that moment in Temple of Doom when Indy says, "Shit." Because that’s exactly what he would say. You don’t use it to be gratuitous, but it’s what a character would say in that moment. Donner’s Superman is a very adult movie. It doesn’t feel like it’s being whitewashed or watered down in any way. It feels real, cool, fun, escapist and upbeat. The larger thing for Man of Steel, is like, "Yes, we all are consuming darker stories." Again, glass house. But it’s like, "Is there any way we can get the word dark in it?"

(Correction: Article has been updated to reflect that Damon Lindelof was the subject of the interview, not J.J. Abrams)