I guess the good guys don’t always win after all.
Man of Steel
Late last year, the rumor mill started spinning furiously with the reports that following his massive success with Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller was being courted by Warner Bros. to direct their eventual sequel to 2013′s Man of Steel. Miller came out not too long after the initial reports and proved them false, and ever since then, it’s seemed like the Superman sequel that fans of the character have been wanting, was put on hold for the time being.
Considering the character’s mistreatment in Batman v Superman earlier this year though, it’s seemed like a legitimately good Superman film has never seemed as necessary as it does right now. After being plunged ruthlessly into a darkness from a director who didn’t truly understand him, it’s seemed like Superman is the one who needs to be saved onscreen right now.
With Geoff Johns now the head of Warner Bros.’ DC Films Division, and a slew of movies showing legitimate promise once again, following two disappointments with both Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman, hope isn’t quite gone from the DCEU, and according to a new report from The Wrap as well, the studio has apparently moved into “active development” on a sequel to Man of Steel.
According to the report, a source close to the studio talked about the project with the following:
“Superman is a top priority for the studio and getting the character right for audiences is of tantamount importance.”
There’s obviously, no release date for the sequel set right now, though WB does have two untitled DC films set to be released in 2018. Could one of them be Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie, and the other the Superman sequel? The report states that the sequel will likely arrive after the solo Batman film, but if DC Films can actually get the ball rolling well on both of these projects, I could see them fitting the two movies into that year.
Several directors have already been thrown into the mix by fans for the project, with Tomorrowland and The Incredibles filmmaker Brad Bird emerging as the frontrunner it seems. Personally, I’d prefer someone a little less obvious with less history in the blockbuster world if I’m being completely honest, and I’d much prefer it end up being directed by someone like Pete’s Dragon‘s David Lowery or even Drew Goddard. As of right now though, I’m just happy the studio has finally come to their senses, and started work on this sequel. Finally.
Despite my disappointment in Batman v Superman, I still remain a massive fan of 2013′s Man of Steel, which I thought rebooted the Superman character and world in a unique and mostly, satisfying way. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have flaws, but when Dawn of Justice ended up being less of a Man of Steel sequel than I think anyone actually hoped it would be, I was let down, to say the least.
After rumors last year started going around that Mad Max: Fury Road director, George Miller, was being courted to direct a Man of Steel sequel though, it seemed like hope for a direct follow-up film might not have been so dim after all. Of course, those rumors were quickly proven false, but during a recent conversation with IGN, both Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill revealed what’s stopping the film from happening right now, and what it would take for the sequel to come into fruition.
“I think if we could get a good script it would be great to have a standalone Superman movie. I think that would be fun to do,” Snyder said. “Part of the reason we haven’t announced the standalone Superman movie was to support some of the events of (Batman v Superman).”
Cavill shared his eagerness to make the film as well, but echoed the same sentiment as Snyder:
“I do believe it depends upon the success of this movie. If this goes well then we can start to negotiate with Warner Bros. to develop a standalone Superman, but they’ve got their plan set out for other stuff and Justice Leagues and various other movies. It’s about finding the time really. It’s something I would be very keen to do.”
Honestly, more than anything else, I feel like Cavill’s Superman desperately needs his own sequel at this point. Batman v Superman did nothing good for his character, and right now, it seems like DC is at a crossroads with how they’re going to handle the Man of Steel onscreen moving forward. If they’ll keep him going down this dark, almost apathetic path, or if they’ll try and bring him back to the boy scout path that the character should be on.
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The son of Krypton and the caped crusader put their films head to head
This might upset some fans.
Spoiler: Nolan had to think about it first.
While we’re still months away from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hitting theaters, rumors about Superman’s future solo projects have begun to rear their pretty little heads. A few weeks ago, we heard the rumor that George Miller was possibly going to direct the sequel to Man of Steel, which naturally got everyone all kinds of excited. We may not have a definite answer on that one yet, but according to yesterday’s report on Heroic Hollywood, we now have a few ideas as to what that film will look like.
Of course, as the report points out, things are still in the maybe-perhaps-who-knows stage. So while we’re putting a SPOILER ALERT on this, plenty could change between now and the film’s eventual debut. Take all of this with a grain of salt, folks. Although I must say, as far as rumors go this one is pretty damn exciting.
Just going to put this here in case you need one:
According to HH’s report, the main villain for Man of Steel 2 will be none other than Brainiac (which has been rumored for a while). Apparently Brainiac will be after the same Kryptonian codex that Superman and General Zod fought over in the original film. That’s pretty cool in and of itself, but wait! There’s more! Things are getting awesomer! You see, Brainiac isn’t going after Superman. Nope. He’s going after another Kryptonian survivor. That survivor’s name?
Kara Zor-El, aka SUPERGIRL!!!
In the prequel comic before the release of Man Of Steel, David Goyer scripted that Kara Zor-El was the most promising daughter of the House of El. The prequel comic told Kara’s story as she nears completion of her training. She intended to become a member of Krypton’s ‘Explorers Guild’; citizens tasked with searching the cosmos for suitable planets, and triggering terraforming projects to make them inhabitable to Kryptonians.
The idea has always been the sequel will introduce Supergirl and will focus on her as much as on Superman himself. In fact, this is what supposedly got George Miller’s attention in the first place. He is attracted to strong female protagonists as shown in Mad Max: Fury Road by its co-star Charlize Theron as Furiosa.
See? Told ya it was cool.
Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “Wow, that’s awesome! It can’t possibly get any better than that!” Well guess what? Yes it can. After all, Brainiac has never really been one to get his own hands dirty. Therefore, to aid in his pursuit of Supergirl, he creates a living weapon of his own. A living weapon called BIZARRO.
So, again, this is all speculation and rumor and whatnot. But if things pan out the way this report says they will, the Man of Steel sequel will be directed by George Miller and feature Superman and Supergirl teaming up to face off against Brainiac and Bizarro. I got giddy just from typing that. Apparently this all comes from the original pitch Zach Snyder and David Goyer made to Warner Bros. following Man of Steel‘s success. This film may still be a few years away, but I’m already excited for it. I LOVE this idea.
We’ll get our next Superman fix when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016.
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