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Warner Bros. Puts ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel Into Active Development

Henry Cavill‘s Superman will fly solo again in a sequel to “Man of Steel” going into active development at Warner Bros., a person familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Released in 2013, produced by Christopher Nolan and directed by Zack Snyder, “Man Of Steel” earned $668 million at the global box office and launched the ambitious DC Cinematic Universe. This summer’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which picked up where that film left off, has pulled in $872 million.

Despite Superman’s battle with Batman, DC has been silent on a sequel to “Man of Steel” featuring Superman solo, leading many frustrated fanboys to believe that another film wasn’t going to happen. But a person close to the project told TheWrap that Superman is a top priority for the studio and getting the character right for audiences is of tantamount importance.

Warner Bros. did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

Back in October 2014, while speaking at Time Warner Investor Day, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced a slate of nine films with members of DC Comics the “Justice League” including The Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Cyborg. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” set the stage for the new films.

“Suicide Squad,” which opened over the weekend and features a cavalcade of DC villains — and brief appearances by Ben Affleck‘s Batman — pulled in a record $135 million.

Cavill, who played Superman in “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” will next be seen in 2017’s “Justice League.”

The “Man of Steel” sequel is a long way from getting a release date. ‘”Wonder Woman” is slated for June 2, 2017, followed by “Justice League” on Nov. 17, 2017. “Aquaman” is currently slated for July 27, 2018. A standalone “Batman” film does not yet have a date, but will likely come before the Superman sequel, the person familiar with the project said.

Warner Bros. has two untitled DC films to be released on Oct. 5, 2018 and Nov. 1, 2019, but hasn’t said what they will be.




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I’m glad about the MoS sequel, but… I dunno… I really wish they’d done that BEFORE BvS :smile:

Also, at this point I don’t think Snyder will do it which is a shame (although I hope he’ll stay at least as a consultant in some capacity)… But hey, I like Cavill as Supes, so there’s that =P

So I guess I’ll wait for more details to get properly excited about it.


It really feels like everyone wants more DC movies - the bad reviews and sour taste for some folks aren’t enough to drive people away just yet. Can you imagine if Warners does a movie that pleases all fans???


Yeah, I think fans know what potential these characters hold, so remain hopeful that it will be fully realised on-screen eventually.

It’s easy to write off critical comics fans as complaining or moany, but I actually think they’re more positive and hopeful than that - they just want to see movies that capture the best of the comics. I think that’s why they’ll keep coming back for more even after disappointments.




Boy this writer has his finger on the pulse!


His recent review for SID AND NANCY was also pretty interesting.


Though Wonder Woman may defy expectations, I think this could be that movie:


No way will they do Captain Marvel right. That’s the last property I’d be betting on.


It’s really the only one we haven’t seen in any significant way, yet. Not even in the cartoons.

He’s their last hope! :stuck_out_tongue:


It’s hard to imagine any superhero film pleasing everyone. The closest ones to universal admiration are Guardians and the first Avengers and even those have detractors.


THE INCREDIBLES, too. Probably the most admired and in large part because it’s original.

And KICK-ASS had that going for it as well. Not the sequel so much.


Man of Steel 2: Snap Harder


Yeah I think the Incredible is “only” pretty good, and I know I’m not alone in that, but I don’t think anyone actually hates it.

Although at this point a superhero movie that is original and self-contained and not desperately trying to start a franchise or be part 17 in some sprawling cinematic universe sounds pretty goddamn refreshing. I guess they need to hurry up on the Millarworld films.


Well, ironically enough, I’m only interested in a Superman movie because of what Snyder (& co.) did with MoS (and BvS to a lesser degree)… I most definetly don’t want another Superman Returns or Nolan Batman :smile:


No! This is what we need. A movie that just makes you want to stop seeing superhero movies:


If Superior gets made Shazam is pretty screwed. It’s a bit of an arms race. Either can be a billion dollar franchise, but there’s not enough room for both.

The fact there’s no universally loved comic movie says a lot about comic fans.