Man of Steel star Henry Cavill has said he does not expect to see a Justice League film – which would have Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman uniting on the big screen – arriving in cinemas any time soon.

The ensemble superhero tale, based on a long-running DC Comics series, is being considered by Warner Bros in the wake of Man of Steel's impressive opening at the global box office earlier this month. The studio would hope to mirror the success of Marvel's The Avengers, which took $1.5bn last year and currently stands as the third-highest-grossing film of all time.

However, Cavill told ABC News he did not believe conditions were yet right for Justice League to go into production.

"Justice League could be great if done correctly," said Cavill. "It's a very tough one to do because the DC Comic heroes are all god-like in their power. So in this real-world universe, real-world setting we're telling our story in, it's going to be tough to achieve that. It has to be done very delicately, with a lot of thought. So, it won't be right away. I hope it's not, anyway. It may take some time of building up other movies and other characters and introducing them together in one way or another."

Warner has been planning a Justice League film for the best part of a decade. A version from Mad Max's George Miller, which would have starred The Social Network's Armie Hammer as the caped crusader, was canned in 2010. Warner's DC universe currently features only Superman, a Batman who has reached the end of his cycle (thanks to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy) and a Green Lantern whose film was hated by critics.

Man of Steel, written by The Dark Knight's David S Goyer, and with Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300) in the director's chair, has so far made just over $400m worldwide and looks on course to be one of the year's highest-grossing films. A second Man of Steel film is being fast-tracked into production.

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