Man of Steel is a movie that I’ll probably never re-visit, and as much as I love both Batman and Superman, watching their upcoming Zack Snyder-helmed crossover feels somewhat obligatory. And yet, I now find myself inexplicably excited for a ‘proper’ sequel to the 2013 movie that kicked off the dark-and-gritty DC Cinematic Universe, or the ‘DC Extended Universe’ as some are trying to make it known. According to The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? director Jon Schnepp, who spoke on PopCornTalk’s DC Movie News podcast earlier today, it appears Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller could be the mastermind behind Man of Steel 2.
The DC movie calendar is already pretty packed between now and the summer of 2020, but news of three potential Batman movies make it seem like there’s more to all this than meets the eye. As much as this news seems completely out of the blue, there have been unconfirmed rumors about a solo Man of Steel sequel for some time now as well as a couple of vague tweets from Heroic Hollywood’s Umberto Gonzalez hinting at Miller’s involvement with a DC movie. Gonzalez also took to Twitter this morning to say that plans are still “up in the air,” claiming to be Schnepp’s source for the scoop. There’s clearly nothing final about it just yet, but it doesn’t seem impossible either.
Miller was all set to direct Justice League: Mortal for a summer 2009 release before plans fell through at the last minute, and with the success of his recent Mad Max sequel for Warner Brothers, it’s no surprise that they would want him back behind the reigns of another big summer blockbuster. Zack Snyder is going to be fairly busy doing his own pair of Justice League movies, set to release in 2017 and 2019, so whenever this standalone Superman film is supposed to come out (not for a while I assume), it makes sense that they’d want somebody else in the driver’s seat.
In addition to Snyder, they’ve got David Ayer making the most David Ayer Suicide Squad movie possible, not to mention James Wan, Patty Jenkins and Ben Affleck on their Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Batman films, which is starting to look like an all-star lineup. And, if they plan on following through with their promise of a director-driven DC Universe, this could be something special. What would a George Miller Man of Steel movie even look like? I have no idea, but I’m dying to find out.