Rumour: MAN OF STEEL 2 may be on "permanent hold"

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So there’s good news and bad news. Good news? According to the folks over at Den Of Geek, the recent rumour that Mad Max: Fury Road‘s George Miller may be directing the still unscheduled Man of Steel 2 for Warner Bros really has some merit. However, according to their sources, the next Superman solo movie is merely one possible project for the acclaimed veteran director, as he and WB are actually still talking about which of their DC Comics properties he would like to tackle. It will all come down to which story grabs his interest and whether his schedule matches up with WB’s planned slate of DC Comics movies.

And now to the bad news. That aforementioned slate actually doesn’t mention Man of Steel 2 at all, only including Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, the Justice League two-parter, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and Green Lantern. However it’s been widely accepted that we would also see solo movies for both Batman and Superman, with rumblings already pegging Ben Affleck to both star in and direct The Batman in 2018, with another two Batman movies to come.

But up until the recent watercooler talk about Miller taking on Man of Steel 2, nothing has been said about seeing Henry Cavill’s Superman headline a movie by himself again. And that’s because it may not happen. Sort of. According to another of Den of Geek’s sources, the Man of Steel sequel has been placed on “permanent hold”, but your guess is as good as mine as to exactly what that means though.

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It could imply that Warner Bros are still waiting to see how their current slate of DC Comics movies plays out before starting work on another Superman movie that could mark the beginning of a brand new slate of stories, sort of like Marvel’s Phases. It could also mean that with Cavill’s Superman already headlining two movies with another two to come in Zack Snyder’s Justice League – Part 1 & 2, that they may want to explore other properties before going back to the Kryptonian well.

Or – and this is my favourite of all the crazy, completely unsubstantiated ideas my brain cooked up – it may just be that they plan to kill off Superman in Justice League ala the famous “Death of Superman” story and give some other characters a chance to shine (maybe even introducing stand-ins like Steel and Superboy) before eventually bringing him back one day. Really, it’s anybody’s guess at this point, at least until Warner Bros decides to say something officially.

Last Updated: August 27, 2015

Kervyn Cloete

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