In the past few weeks, director Zack Snyder confirmed rumors that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would focus more on Batman than Superman. He explained that to help establish the Dark Knight as a character who existed long before Superman saved the Earth, we would need to “understand where Batman is with everything.” Of course with Ben Affleck signed on for a trilogy of Batman films plus other Justice League projects, Superman fans are beginning to lose hope for a sequel to Man of Steel, especially since WB doesn’t have any real plans for Superman after Justice League.
But consider the newest report a strange sign of hope. Snyder has gone on record to clarify that BvS is in actuality Man of Steel 2. More on the story here below.
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.
Warner Bros. is proceeding carefully with their plans for a shared cinematic universe based around their DC Comics properties (a lot of which rides on next March’s release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) to compete with the unassailable Marvel Studios. They had originally planned a sequel to 2013’s Superman reboot Man of Steel to kick off the summer of 2018, but the tentatively-titled Man of Steel 2 was taken off the roster as James Wan’s Aquaman moved into position as Warner/DC’s big 2018 summer tentpole release. Meanwhile, a solo Batman reboot starring Ben Affleck has been dated for November of that year.
Unlike Marvel Studios’ blockbuster line-ups, which are usually set in stone but remain subject to the occasional alteration, the DC Comics Shared Cinematic Universe release schedule appears to be in constant flux. Even though Man of Steel 2 is not in active development at Warner Bros. for the moment, that can always change, and fast.
At first glance Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice looked like it was only going to be about the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel. But as we can see based on the subtitle, it’s going to be more than just about the two heroes. For one thing, Gal Gadothas a role as Wonder Woman, as does Ray Fisher who will play Victor Stone aka Cyborg. Given that Gadot is in a three-picture deal, it’s really no surprise that she will be getting her own movie as well as have a role in Justice League. But where does it all fit on the schedule? Dawn of Justice isn’t due out for another year and half, and what about the other heroes? Where do they fit into all of this.
Well a new rumor has popped up, and it reveals that not only does Warner Bros have a schedule laid out for the DC Cinematic Universe, but they have plans laid out until 2018. Sure that may not be as expansive as Marvel Studios who has plans up until 2018, but it is a start, and if successful, WB may be able to finally catch up with their rival. Hit the jump to see what the studio has planned for us.
Outside of a ceaseless parade of casting news there has been little revealed regarding Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel sequel/2016 superhero team-up epic which may or may not be called Batman Vs. Superman (which I will refer to it as for the sake of this article), until now.
Yesterday director Zack Snyderteased the reveal and today he’s not only given us our first good glimpse at the new Batmobile, but he also threw in our first look at star Ben Affleck in full Batman costume, via his Twitter feed.