Despite the fact that this whole DC Extended Universe began with 2013’s Man of Steel, the next phase of a solo Superman adventure seemed oddly an after thought during last year’s announcement of the DC Entertainment film slate through 2020. Sure, Supes is one-half of next year’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and he’ll almost certainly lead the two-part Justice League movie, but Man of Steel 2 – or whatever it’s going to be called – well, “limbo” would be a fairly accurate description of its current status. But now we get word that the situation may be simpler, and the news from Warner Bros. is that if you’re holding your breath for the next Superman standalone, you should probably stop.
The word, at least according to Den of Geek, is “permanent hold.” what the difference is between “permanent hold” and “cancellation” is uncertain, but this news comes in spite of recent developments that said Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was being courted to make Man of Steel 2. That was merely a rumor, of course, and the question is whether the “hold” on Man of Steel 2 now has anything to do with Miller, is his possible involvement forcing a delay, or did it force the need to put the project on “permanent hold.”
Now nearly a year after Warner Bros. announced their grand plan it seems that adjustments are being made. Man of Steel 2 was announced last fall, but it wasn’t scheduled. Then again, the solo Ben Affleck-starring Batman was also announced without a release date, and there has been progress in the year since with Affleck signing on to direct from a script by Geoff Johns. So what’s holding up Man of Steel 2? Then again, we’re all aware of the issues in developing the Wonder Woman movie, and have you heard anything about Cyborg lately? Exactly.
Still, it is a curious development, especially with the recent news that Miller was being sought after for the Superman sequel. Perhaps Warners is playing it cool till they have Miller confirmed. Perhaps they were banking their next move on Miller, who may have bulked at being tied by the creative restraints of a shared universe. Or perhaps the studio’s complex plan just isn’t paying dividends like they want. It will be interesting to see this time next year where Warner Bros. is with their DC Comics Universe, will they be winning, or will they be sucking?
Batman V. Superman will be in theaters everywhere on March 25, 2016.