Last week brought news that Mad Max: Fury Road‘s George Miller was rumored to be in talks to direct Man of Steel 2. Of course given how close the filmmaker was to directing a Justice League film back in the in the late 2000s, it was long overdue. And perhaps Fury Road‘s success convinced WB that the director deserved such an honor. However, there was no mention of a sequel during SDCC, and the film isn’t officially scheduled for a release, tentative or otherwise. Still Warner Bros. may be waiting to see how successful Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad are before they confirm anything, which makes sense.
However, there is a new report saying that WB may actually be putting Man of Steel 2 on a permanent hold. More on the story below.
Den of Geek confirms that talks between Miller and the studio are in progress, with one source telling them that “what Miller directs will depend on what story most interests him, his take on it, and everyone’s availability.” However, a conflicting source tells them that Man of Steel 2 is on a permanent hold.
It’s not clear why the sequel is on permanent hold or what that exactly means in industry terms. It was because of Man of Steel that WB launched their own shared universe, so not seeing a sequel for the film is a bit strange. Or maybe it is just the studio trying to figure out how a Superman standalone film fits into the shared universe since they have announced a trilogy of Batman films, Wonder Woman, The Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman, The Flash, and two Justice League films, so maybe putting Man of Steel 2 on the back burner is just a part of their master plan. Then again, Superman has been one of the most difficult characters to write on screen because of his near god-like powers, so finding a suitable story with a villain that could give him more than a match could be another reason why a sequel is taking so long.
Of course should Batman v Superman be successful, then I see no reason for WB to not fast track Man of Steel 2 with Miller at the helm. While Superman is a difficult character to adapt for the big screen, there are plenty of Superman story arcs that haven’t been adapted yet, so maybe its just a matter of sifting through all of them and finding the perfect one that not only fits a solo film but one that fits in the overall shared universe.
[Source: Den of Geek]