Mission: Impossible Director Responds To Rumors About Helming DC’s Next Superman Movie

2023 is probably going to be a big year for DC films. While the studio will see three films released, with Shazam: Fury of the Gods, The Flash, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, it’s what’s been going on behind-the scenes that will likely have the bigger impact. New studio co-head James Gunn promises we will learn more about what he and new partner Peter Safran are planning with DC Films in the new year, but if you’re hoping for a Christopher McQuarrie-directed Superman movie, maybe don’t expect too much.

As part of the news that Henry Cavill would not be returning to play Superman following his much publicized Black Adam cameo, James Gunn revealed that he was working on a script for a brand new Superman movie. A fan on Twitter suggested that Christopher McQuarrie should direct the project, but the director says he’s too busy directing Pom Klementieff in the new Mission: Impossible movies, and James Gunn would understand. 

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Pom Klementieff had built a strong career in French films but was not widely known in Hollywood prior to being cast by James Gunn as Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. She’s now a significant part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but she’s also snagged a second major franchise as she’ll be appearing in both of the next two Mission: Impossible movies, the first of which is set to open next year. At least one person appreciates the sentiment, Pom Klementieff herself. 

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It’s hard to disagree that a DC movie of any kind, or a Superman movie specifically, directed by Christopher McQuarrie isn’t an exciting concept. At the same time, it seems like a long shot. While James Gunn has, on a few rare occasions, written scripts that he did not direct himself, McQuarrie has never directed anything that he did not write. It seems unlikely he would be interested in directing Gunn’s Superman script. 

And certainly, while McQuarrie might be interested in some other DC project, he’s pretty deep in the weeds of all things Mission: Impossible, with Dead Reckoning: Part Two in the middle of filming, and with post-production on Part One probably not yet complete. It’s unlikely he’s even thinking about what’s next for him quite yet.

There are a lot of questions regarding the future of DC Films. With the word of Henry Cavill’s departure and the fact that Wonder Woman 3's future is also in question, it’s unclear if the entire current DC universe will be let go and things will start over, or who might be hanging around. We’ll certainly be seeing some new stars in front of the camera and some talented people behind it as well. And maybe Christopher McQuarrie will be one of them, once he has finished harnarsing the power of Pom Klementieff. 

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.