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It’s unclear what fate awaits Man of Steel 2. Some say it’s in development, some say it’s indefinitely postponed, and others say David Goyer passed a Brainiac pitch for the sequel along to Warner Bros. According to recent statements from Man of Steel’s Zack Snyder, however, there might not be any need for one, as it’s already coming to theaters next year.
Canoe.com recently had the opportunity to interview Snyder, and it was during their conversation that the filmmaker said that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice pretty much is Man of Steel 2. He said,
think in a way Batman v Superman is Man of Steel 2. Justice League is kind of the transcendent, knights-of-the-round-table of the story. It’d be interesting to think about what a standalone Superman movie might be.
While it seems like a Man of Steel sequel isn’t a priority from the studio, based on these statements, this development comes shortly after reports that suggest Mad Max: Fury Road writer/director George Miller might still get a crack at bringing it to life. As mentioned earlier, word on the street is that Brainiac will be the villain, while the alleged story treatment will also see Bizarro and the feature film introduction of Supergirl, a.k.a. Kara Zor-El (who’s about to appear on the small screen on the Melissa Benoist-starring CBS show).
Warner Bros. has not yet announced whether or not we’ll get to see Man of Steel 2, and the current slate for upcoming DC Comics-related projects is already pretty packed with pre- and post-Justice League films. Solo outings for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and The Flash - as well as team movies like Suicide Squad and Green Lantern Corps - are all going to be a larger part of a grand cinematic universe. There have also been stirrings regarding a Ben Affleck-directed Batman movie, though the studio has not yet established a release date.
In the short term, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice certainly feels like a direct follow up to Man of Steel. Based on the footage shown from the trailers, the world is reeling after the devastation inflicted by Generel Zod’s army. Meanwhile, Batman, much like the world’s leaders, are holding Kal-El responsible for at least some of the destruction (e.g. the destruction of Metropolis). However, by Snyder’s own admission, this film focuses a lot on the new Dark Knight — which is probably why his name appears first in the title.
Batman v Superman will feature Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Jessie Eisenberg as famed Supes villain Lex Luthor. In addition, we will see our first look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. And then there are all those Doomsday reports. The film will hit theaters on March 25, 2016, so we’ll have to take many of these rumors with a grain of salt until then.