Source says Man of Steel 2 is on 'permanent hold'

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Aug 27, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Although Warner Bros. Pictures is rolling out an ambitious slate of DC Comics-based movies over the next five years, the fate of one film remains uncertain.

That movie is Man of Steel 2, which cannot be found anywhere on the list of films that the studio has mapped out between now and 2020 -- a list that includes Suicide Squad, two Justice League pictures, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps and Shazam.

Nevertheless, a rumor broke last week that Man of Steel 2 was in fact in the works and that Mad Max: Fury Road genius George Miller was being wooed to direct it. Now, however, a source has told Den Of Geek that Miller is indeed in talks to direct a movie for Warner Bros. -- and that it is not Man of Steel 2, which is apparently on "permanent hold."

On the surface that makes sense. As played by Henry Cavill, Kal-El's next screen appearance will be in March's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with Justice League Parts 1 and 2 scheduled to start filming fairly soon after that for release in 2017 and 2019. With all those and the other DC movies in production, there might not even be room to make Man of Steel 2 for a good long while.

Then again, Warner Bros. is allegedly planning to make three more solo Batman movies with Ben Affleck, so could it be that the studio simply doesn't feel like another standalone Superman movie is warranted? Man of Steel was a hit ($668 million worldwide), but not the billion-dollar blockbuster Warner was hoping for.

That responsibility now falls upon Batman v Superman, and its success or lack thereof will have a major impact on the rest of the DC Cinematic Universe -- including the future of Superman. If Batman v Superman and the Justice League two-parter are huge enough, then perhaps the studio will feel more comfortable with doing Man of Steel 2.

Do you want to see Man of Steel 2 happen either way? As for Miller, which DC movie do you think he should direct, if he does any at all?

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