If there was any lingering question that Man of Steel might be set in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight continuity, writer David Goyer just cleared it all right up — while also setting up Justice League to feature a shiny new Batman.
When asked about the potentials for a crossover into the larger DC universe, Snyder elaborated on what does and doesn’t exist in the new continuity. We have “metahumans,” Lex Luthor and a version of Bruce Wayne that is definitely not in line with Nolan’s version.
Here’s how he explained it to MTV:
"The 'Dark Knight' films do not exist in the same universe. Zack [Snyder] has gone on record. The fact that we have Wayne Industries on the satellite, Bruce Wayne exists in this universe. Lex Luthor exists in this universe. Other metahumans do exist in this universe, so the hope is, depending on how the film does, that we'll be able to roll into some other films."
This goes along with a lot of the buzz surrounding DC’s master plan (or lack thereof), and it would generally create far too many inconsistencies to try and ret-con Nolan’s series into the universe. Both films may be dark and gritty, but only one can have a flying guy and aliens.
So let the speculation resume for how they’ll introduce a brand-new version of Batman.