Warner Bros. is determined to keep the wheels rolling on its evolving roster of DC superhero movies, even in the face of adversity and setbacks. According to a new report from The Wrap, Man of Steel 2 is now in active development at the studio and is considered a "top priority," all while fandom has nearly been resigned to the fact that the Last Son of Krypton might get lost in the mass of DCEU movies unspooling over the next several years.
This is potentially very exciting news for Superman fans and a clever way to deflect some of the more wrathful comments lobbed at David Ayer's Suicide Squad and bolster weakened confidence in Warners' ability to produce profitable, crowd-pleasing pictures based on their massive roster of superhero stars. Sources in close proximity to the Man of Steel 2 announcement have also revealed that "getting the character right for audiences is of tantamount importance."
Zack Snyder's Man of Steel earned a respectable $668 million when it was released in 2013 and ignited the DC Extended Universe. I am actually not a hater of Snyder's Man of Steel and, aside from a couple moronic plot choices, applaud it for its visceral Krypton sequences, Henry Cavill's measured performance in the iconic caped suit, Zimmer's rousing score, a darkly operatic tone, and excellent use of a cool Soundgarden tune in the soundtrack. Hey, ya gotta remain positive sometimes!
What this will mean for the current slate of DCEU movies is yet unknown, and so far no further info is available on director choices, casting or a release date. Warner Bros. does have two more mystery release dates secured for a pair of untitled DC films on Oct. 5, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2019, and while it seems likely one of these might be Ben Affleck's solo Batman flick, the new Man of Steel 2 could easily fly into that later slot in 2019.
Superman is set to co-star in Zack Snyder's upcoming Justice League, in theaters on Nov. 17, 2017.
How do you feel about a new Superman movie being shoved into the development meat grinder, and would you welcome Cavill back in the legendary tights or rather have him skip Man of Steel 2 and stick with his Justice League buddies instead?