But this is exactly what i'm talking about. You can tell any story you want about Superman and in the JL he'll just be there to team up with the others. How would the JL movie affect the individual movies? Or how does Batman being in the same universe affect All-Star Superman, or Wonder Woman affect Knightfall or RIP?
I thought Iron Man 2 had a lot of interference in setting up Avengers. It's that kind of thing that would affect individual movies. This is also not directly to the point, but I don't want to see Superman's brain and brawn diminished because he's on the Justice League.
PS: I really dont think that the Avengers messed up IM2, but that's just my opinion. I mean, Shield was in IM1, and it was in IM2 just to help him with his poisoning. The Avengers were only mentioned at the end.
Yes it can affect the solo movies, and IM2 is proof that this can be done "badly". But surely the other movies show that it can be done without any real affect on the solo movies. There is no reason WB/DCE can't do completely stand alone solo films and limited the shared universe to just post-credit scenes and JL if they wanted to.
You like to use All-Star Superman as an example of completely stand alone. The story does, but it's universe doesn't. Whilst not seen in the story Batman and Robin are mentioned by name so they clearly exist in this universe. The story draws on DC One Million which is linked to JLA and the entire DCU. None of this affects the story being told, it does stand alone, but it does so in a shared universe. This is the best path for WB/DCE to take - not as interconnected as Marvel, it would allow them to have a shared universe without making the solo franchises slaves to it.
This summer will give us a better idea of who's got a possible advantage at the box office. The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises are, I think, going to be pretty good indicators of what people are willing to support. The good news, however, is I think both movies will be successful, and lead to continued translations of DC and Marvel properties to film.
"You see, but you do not observe."
a Justice League movie of truly epic proportions is within the realm of possibility imo... that could give The Avengers a run for it's money.