There has been talk of Man of Steel 2 since the first film was released, before it morphed into Batman v Superman. Officially, a solo Superman movie remains noticeably absent from the DC Films schedule, but then again, The Batman solo movie doesn’t have a release date either, and we know that’s happening. With Superman’s next big screen outing in Justice League arriving in November of 2017, and with that film’s sequel recently losing its release date, it makes sense that the studio would start looking for the next big screen adventure for one of their most recognizable heroes.
Over the last year there have been indications that Man of Steel 2 is still very much a possibility, not the least of which being some quotes from Henry Cavill’s agent, Danny Garcia, late last year. “[Cavill and I have] been in a five-month period of time where he’s re-strategizing, acquiring property [for his production company Promethean], he’s filming [Justice League] now, he’s in development for the Superman standalone… he’s beginning to expand that world,” Garcia told Newsweek in September.
It’s still pretty early in the process, though. As far as we know, no writer has been hired. George Miller’s name was once rumored as a potential director, but he later nixed that talk. The latest intriguing piece of news comes from Collider, who report that Warner Bros. wants Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, X-Men: First Class) to direct. However, they caution that these are only “preliminary conversations” so don’t get too excited yet.
But Vaughn would certainly fit with the studio’s ongoing quest to get distinctive directors to helm their top superhero properties. This June’s Wonder Woman has Patty Jenkins behind the camera, next year’s Aquaman has James Wan, and The Batman just hired Matt Reeves. He was considered all the way back in 2010 when what would become Man of Steel was starting to take shape, but unfortunately nothing came of those discussions.
DC Films would do well to reconsider Superman as a solo property, especially in light of the critical reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Both films came under fire for their dark, violent worldview, something that the first Man of Steel film also took some heat for. But with DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns also serving as the co-chair of DC Films, and DC Comics currently working to rehabilitate their superhero line (with Superman undergoing a particular return to form), a more hopeful Superman movie might help with the mission statement of making the newly minted DC Extended Universe a little more heroic. The trailers for Wonder Woman appear to be signalling a shift towards more traditional superheroics, so maybe Man of Steel 2 can follow suit.
Keep in mind that there are several unclaimed dates on Warner Bros’ DC schedule at the moment: July 27th, 2018 (which would make perfect sense for a Superman movie, but is far too close to be realistic), and June 14th and November 1, 2019 (both of which could work). Of course, many of the movies on this schedule could see their dates shift.
I’ll update this with more information as it becomes available. Maybe we’ll finally get our big screen version of Brainiac, though.