Ah, the DC Extended Universe: a shared cinematic universe filled with coulda, shoulda beens. It had a bright start with 2013’s Man of Steel, a polarizing but by no means terrible film. From there, the DCEU has been a series of major misfires and occasional bright spots, leading to a team-up film that didn’t exactly do (ahem) justice to the comic book characters that inspired them.
But could things have turned out differently if Warner Bros. wasn’t so eager to kickstart its shared universe with Batman v Superman and had instead released Man of Steel 2 as planned? Perhaps, if Henry Cavill‘s latest interview about the long-gestating sequel means anything.
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A Man of Steel sequel has yet to materialize, and after the disappointing box office returns of Justice League, we don’t know if one ever will. But there have been plenty of discussions about a possible sequel to Zack Snyder‘s 2013 Superman movie, and writer Mark Millar recently revealed an ideal for Man of Steel 2 that he and sometimes-collaborator Matthew Vaughn might have made.
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There are plenty of movies in development that will keep the DC Extended Universe growing in the years to come. Aquaman is about to start shooting and Warner Bros. would like to get another one of their other movies off the ground this year as well. However, there are two movies based on DC Comics that don’t seem to be making any obvious progress: Black Adam and Shazam. However, a new rumor indicates that one of them might get a backdoor introduction into the DCEU…and that rumor just might be backed up by Dwayne Johnson himself.
We know Man of Steel 2 is currently in the works with Matthew Vaughn in talks to direct. In addition to giving Superman (Henry Cavill) his own standalone adventure again, this rumor indicates that it might introduce Johnson’s Black Adam into the DCEU as a villain for Superman to battle.
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Man of Steel was the first movie to kick off the DC Expanded Universe that would eventually include a new version of Batman, as well as the first big-screen iterations of Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, all coming together to form the Justice League. The assembly of the DC Comics superhero team and the individual movies for each of the superheroes on the team has kept Warner Bros. Pictures kind of busy, but now they may be ready to bring their attention back to The Big Blue Boy Scout.
A new report indicates that Kingsman: The Secret Service and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn is the studio’s top choice to direct Man of Steel 2 and they’ve already had “preliminary conversations” about working together on the sequel. Find out more below. Read More »
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Update: Henry Cavill‘s manager Dany Garcia has confirmed that another Superman standalone movie is a top priority right now:
“Henry has a big appetite,” she told Newsweek about Cavill’s Hollywood ambitions. “We’ve been in a five-month period of time where he’s re-strategizing, acquiring property , he’s filming [‘Justice League‘] now, he’s in development for the Superman standalone… he’s beginning to expand that world. It’s beautifully teed up. In a year from now, or two years from now, he’s going to be a force globally.”
I wonder how the Superman world will be expanded.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
Ever since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters, fans have been buzzing about the possibility of a standalone Batman movie starring Ben Affleck. And after Gal Gadot‘s truly epic debut as Wonder Woman, it’s no wonder people seem hyped for her upcoming standalone movie. But what about the third member of the DC trinity? Will Henry Cavill‘s Superman ever get to fly solo again?
While there’s no Man of Steel 2 on the Warner Bros. release schedule just yet, Cavill and director Zack Snyder aren’t ruling one out. It’s just that they need to find the right time. Or get the right script. Or they’re waiting to see how things shake out with Batman v Superman. Or something.
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In today’s edition of Sequel bits we take a look at:
- Brad Bird teases the origins of The Incredibles 2 story.
- Director Denis Villeneuve talks about why he is taking on Blade Runner 2.
- Screenwriter Max Landis pitches his idea for Man of Steel 2.
- Shaun the Sheep 2 in development.
- Lara Pulver joins Underworld 5.
- Eli Roth has an idea for Hostel: Part IV.
- Two new attraction posters for Jurassic World.
- A new tv trailer for Ride Along 2.
All this and more. Hit the jump to get started.
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Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
There’s been a lot of speculation about Man of Steel 2: when it’s coming, who’s directing it, what it’s about, whether it’s happening at all. Now director Zack Snyder has spoken up to clarify that yes, he is making a Man of Steel sequel — and it’s titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Read the Zack Snyder Man of Steel 2 Batman v Superman comments after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
What DC role did Gal Gadot turn down before Wonder Woman? Could Thor: The Dark World‘s Zachary Levi return as a different Marvel character? Does Elizabeth Olsen want a Scarlet Witch standalone? Who’s the rumored villain of Man of Steel 2? How long has Spider-Man been around in Captain America: Civil War? Is Justice League Unlimited finally coming to Blu-ray? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »