Superman Warner Bros. Is Back In Business With Superman For MAN OF STEEL Sequel written by Sean Gerber August 8, 2016 The DC Extended Universe has enjoyed three years of “Yeah, but” success at the box office. Many of the issues still plaguing Warner Bros.’ shared superhero universe can be traced back to 2013’s Man of Steel and its star— Superman. In the eyes of many, it is the failure of MoS and the Superman-killing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to showcase our favorite Kryptonian as a beacon of hope that has left the DCEU without a proper foundation on which to build. Warner Bros. is now making it a priority to correct that. First will come the character’s inevitable resurrection in next year’s Justice League. Following that, The Wrap reports that Warner Bros. will get back into solo Superman business. A Man of Steel sequel, with Henry Cavill likely reprising his role as Superman, is in active development. The studio had no comment on this report, but it’s not hard to imagine a successful, well-liked Superman film being high on WB’s wish list. This is all still very early, so there is no release date just yet. Warner Bros. has two untitled DC movie release dates on its slate, October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019. One of those dates is believed to be intended for Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie. The new Superman film could fill the other available slot if it’s going to be ready in time, but if not, it won’t be difficult for Warner Bros. to find a place for it now that superhero movies can make big money any time of year. I could be wrong, but this really feels like DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns at work. Johns and Warner Bros. Executive Vice President Jon Berg were placed in charge of DC Films a couple months ago. They have been charged with leading DC Films in a new direction after the mixed response to Batman v Superman. It was obviously too late for Suicide Squad, but Johns and Berg have a chance to show what they can do in 2017 and beyond. What Superman really needs is an executive at Warner Bros. who genuinely believes in him as he is, not how someone who doesn’t know any better thinks he must be shaped to appeal to cynical moviegoers. Geoff Johns, a man who broke into the entertainment industry by successfully cold calling Superman (1978) director Richard Donner for an internship, is exactly the right kind of executive for Clark Kent. That’s saying nothing of how brilliantly Johns wrote Superman while serving as DC Comics’ most prolific writer for the better part of the last two decades. Prioritizing Superman is a must, so this news has to be music to the ears of any DC fan. No matter how many films are eventually released under the DC Films banner, the DCEU will never feel complete if Superman is not around to lead the charge. Warner Bros. Is Back In Business With Superman For MAN OF STEEL Sequel was last modified: August 8th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related Man of Steel 2 12 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON Is All About The Magic We Miss next post Marvel’s LUKE CAGE Has Got You In New Trailer You may also like 2016 in Review: The Year the Good... January 2, 2017 Dueling Empire Covers for Superman & Zod April 23, 2013 Warner Bros. Offers First Deleted Scene From... March 28, 2016 MAN OF STEEL Review June 10, 2013 First Image Of The Man Of Steel... July 3, 2014 How The Joker Could Make BATMAN V... February 23, 2016 Lois & Clark Strike a Pose March 11, 2013 BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE May 21, 2014 ‘Man of Steel’ Graces EW Cover April 10, 2013 ‘Man of Steel’ Trailer #2 December 11, 2012 Oreole Just don’t have Zack Snyder directing again…. Matthew Malecki I’m all for this. Very exciting news. I loved Man of Steel. I have faith in Geoff Johns. I’ve liked all 3 DCEU films, but I think going forward Johns will help this universe become much more full of hope and optimism. And this news is a nice step in that direction. Adrian So, does Warner Bros. have an actual plan for their DCEU or not? I have to ask myself this way more often than I should. Adrian Edmondson Amen to this . WB has wasted Cavil on two movies , can’t keep doing this . Keep the Snyder visuals and give his Supes a real personality and you will have a hit on your hands . oliver_chang Great news! But who’s gonna direct? When they announced the slate initially they said they will have Bat and Sup movies before was it 2020? I think Oct 2018 could be for Flash who’s without a release date, it might be for SS2 or Harley sequel? Hey berto Definitely. I liked MOS, and the failing of BvS for Supes was not taking the next step to the hero we know and love. I’m excited Charlie Hope it’s true, and hope Zack Snyder is kept as far away from it as possible. After the crap Snyder has pulled, WB owes it to Superman to give give him a good movie. Get a director who isn’t a selfish, cynical asshat, and do the character justice for once. Oumar I’m not sure if this is the right place for this, but I would like to discuss what exactly Snyder has done or gone wrong with the Superman character. I sometimes feel as though I am watching much different films. Can anyone here tell me exactly what they do not like about this version? How is he so different from the comics? And what changes need to be made? I am a fan of all three DCEU movies so far and have liked what they have done with the character. Meister In my opinion this is excellent news. Henry deserves a more optimistic and hopefully vision of super to showcase his warmth and acting ability. That said I loved Man of Steel and am warming to BvS more. There are characterisation issues in BvS without doubt e.g. Lois in the bath tub raising good questions and him in response just deciding to get his end away. However I like the direction and understand what they were going for in BvS with him questioning certain things. To me Clarks greatest superpower is his ability to keep in touch with his humanity despite his abilities. He is in the end just a man and when he is being questioned and attacked philosophically from all directions in BvS then that is bound to make him clinical and questioning of his purpose. However for me it just needed to be levelled out in certain areas to create a more balanced interpretation. For me we need to see more supes like he was in the interrogation room when cuffed in MoS. Hopefully Geoff Johns will bring a more balanced guiding hand to the whole DCEU and a solid superman film is critical to that process. If done correctly Kal-el should leave the viewer positively emotionally invigorated full of hope and optimism. James Alexander Kim What success? Is there any confirmation on profitability for last two dc films? Share prices dropped after ss and wb laid off 10 percent of its employees after bvs. Both films cost over 700 million once marketing costs are factored in. The only documented success is the identification of idiot fanboys. oliver_chang http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-08/-batman-v-superman-seen-earning-less-profit-than-superman-alone “Batman v Superman,” one of the most expensive films ever made, is on pace to produce a $278 million profit for Warner Bros. once home video, TV and merchandise proceeds are tallied, according to SNL Kagan analyst Wade Holden. That’s less than the estimated $300 million the studio earned from “Man Of Steel.”” To get a better understanding of how profit works in Hollywood, please do some reading on these articles. http://deadline.com/2016/03/batman-v-superman-opening-weekend-box-office-records-1201726300/ “…a $250M production cost and worldwide P&A of $165M” James Alexander Kim thank you.