Well, that's settled: apparently we'll be seeing Man of Steel 2 much sooner that we thought.
That's because director Zack Snyder says the movie he is readying for release next March -- otherwise known as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice -- is, to his way of thinking, the official follow-up to his 2013 Superman reboot.
There has been a lot of speculation about Man of Steel 2, with one recent report suggesting that Metallo could be/could have been the villain if the movie ever took/takes shape -- which could be as far off as 2018 or 2019. But speaking with Canoe (via Slashfilm), Snyder had a different take on the sequel:
"I think in a way Batman v Superman is Man of Steel 2. Justice League is kind of the transcendent, knights-of-the-round-table of the story. It’d be interesting to think about what a standalone Superman movie might be."
On one hand, he's correct: Batman v Superman picks up several plot threads left dangling in Man of Steel, with Batman directly acting upon the arrival of Superman on Earth and the destruction that Kal-El has inadvertently wrought in his battle with General Zod.
But at the same time, we've heard reports now that what was originally supposed to be a Superman-centric movie has added a lot more of the Dark Knight to the story -- perhaps due in some respect to the fact that Man of Steel, a standalone Supes outing, was not the billion-dollar blockbuster that the studio wanted.
Certainly, the addition of Wonder Woman and Aquaman (and perhaps the Flash), even in smaller roles, have changed the shape of the story as well. Even the man playing Superman, Henry Cavill, acknowledged this earlier in the summer, telling EW, "As far as the individual character is concerned, this is not a Superman sequel," adding that he thought there was "plenty of time for individual Superman sequels."
So, what do you think? Is Snyder keeping his options open? Does Batman v Superman come across to you, from what we've seen, as Man of Steel 2 or Justice League 0? Can it be both?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.