According to a source close to Warner Bros. Pictures, the major film studio has put the Man of Steel sequel into active development. Henry Cavill‘s Superman reboot of the beloved superhero franchise back in 2013 earned $668 million in the box-office.
Warner Bros. declined to comment on the matter but the financial success of Suicide Squad, DC’s latest entry in its Extended Universe, during its opening weekend has apparently accelerated plans for another Clark Kent solo movie.
Fans in the waiting room since 2013
In June 2013, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer were to return for the Man of Steel sequel, but the film finally became Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with the two men at the helm. The stand-off movie, released in 2016, was both the follow-up to Man of Steel and a reboot of the Batman film series.
In October 2014, the second Superman feature was reported to be in development, but it ended up being just rumors. Russell Crowe, who played Superman’s biological father, Jor-El, in the first movie, confirmed in June 2016 that a Superman trilogy got scrapped for Batman v Superman.
But now, always per the source familiar with the project, it appears that Warner Bros. has finally given the green light to the development of the Man of Steel sequel. The anonymous person even said that Warner considered the film as a top priority. Both DC and the studio have very silent with the fan-awaited movie leading to gossips that it could never reach theaters.
Superman will appear in Justice League
Although Warner Bros’ CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced nine solo films of Justice League members, Superman wasn’t one of them. The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) currently has slated Wonder Woman and Justice League in 2017, Aquaman in 2018, Shazam and the Justice League sequel in 2019, with Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps coming last in 2020.
However, it also boosts Flash and Batman movies still without a release date and two untitled films for 2018 and 2019. One of this latter duo could potentially be Man of Steel 2. As of right now, the studio hasn’t hired a director or writer, with fans also wondering what could be the sequel’s story arc.
Warner Bros. has begun work on a Man of Steel sequel https://t.co/VqC0RycgqV pic.twitter.com/v1Rc59qDZ7
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) August 8, 2016
Last seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman supposedly died at the hands of Doomsday although a post-credit scene indicated otherwise.
Actor Henry Cavill, who played Superman in that film as well as in Man of Steel, will reprise his role in Justice League as confirmed by director Zack Snyder last month at Comic-Con. He will fight villain Steppenwolf alongside Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Flash.
Source: The Wrap