Solo Superman Movies Still Moving Forward

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While Batman v Superman has helped fully launched the DCEU, fans who had been hoping for a traditional Man of Steel sequel should not be worried. Solo Superman movies are still being planned within the DCEU.

While on the promotional tour for Batman v Superman Zack Snyder talked about future solo movies for Superman.

“If we could get a good script it would be great to have a stand alone Superman movie.”

Snyder explained that they haven’t announced a Man of Steel sequel yet because they wanted to support the events that take place within Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Henry Cavill also weighed in on the potential for a solo project and he explained that it really depended on the sucess of Batman v Superman and finding the time within the current DCEU slate, which has films planned through 2020.

“It depends on the sucess of this movie, if this goes well we can start negotiating with Warner Bros. for a stand-alone Superman but they have their plans laid out with other stuff, Justice League and other movies, it’s about finding the time really. It is something that I would be very keen to do.”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out in theaters everywhere. Have you seen the film? Join in the comments section below and talk about all things Batman v Superman. 

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  • Carl

    “While Batman v Superman has helped fully launched the DCEU”

    Yep BvS was as successful as this opening sentence.

    “If we could get a good script it would be great to have a stand alone Superman movie.”

    Well Zach since you’ve killed Jimmy, Clark and Superman, have Lois already living with Clark, put Lex in prison and destroyed Superman’s personality, there isn’t really a good script to be made from that crumbling foundation.

    • Chris W

      The Juxtaposition of Superman with Clark Kent is always an interesting story. That’s the foundation of any good modern Superman story; which is only bolstered by an established relationship with Lois. Outside of Lois, the side characters in his life are irrelevant in this era(in my opinion).

      The real travesty is that they introduced the Death and Return of Superman already. They should have waited till we had like 5 or 6 appearances of Supes before they tackled that one. There was no emotional resonance to it. Either for the audience, or the movie universe they created. They told us we are to believe people worship Superman, but you have to show us that. It can’t be accomplished with some amateur exposition.

      The logical course of action to me would be to do a Braniac introduction with an MoS2. And then for a 3rd film, draw upon some elements of the Kingdom Come story line, where at this point Lois needs to have died in either MoS2 or JL. That’s the big pay off to me.

      And of course, as much as I like Snyder, I want him nowhere near script writing. Let him produce, I’m fine with that.

      • Carl

        How are Superman and Clark a juxtaposition in BvS? They exhibit no differing qualities? Superman isn’t supposed to get Lois, Clark is. Clark is supposed to be a guy that people like. He is good friends with Jimmy Olsen and has a goodhearted, supportive mother. Lex is supposed to be a source of constant opposition. They’ve essentially destroyed his entire supporting cast. I was expecting him to have a scientific partnership with Dr. Hamilton of Star Labs, like in Superman TAS, but he was nowhere to be found.

        I agree that the Death of Superman was rushed, unearned and emotionless.

        Killing Lois at this point would be emotionless too considering Superman would have to come back to life first and her character was totally worthless in BvS.

        • Math

          Yeah, I agree. They did kind of painted themselves into a corner by rushing towards these stories so soon. I guess they could use the multiverse or make the Flash go back in time and reset the universe so we could then tell these stories properly, but that would kind of be the easy way out. I know these kind of things are possible in DC, but you have to be careful how you use it because it’s too easy to use this as a cheap way out of bad moves and nullify all these movies they are currently developing.

          I don’t know. We’ll see what happens, but by jumping right away towards a story that should have happen much later on, we are left unable to tell any of these great Batman and Superman stories that should have normally fit before these events. Sony did the same mistake with Spider-man back then. They wanted to rush to the most popular stories right away and they skipped over a lot of the good high school era stories by doing that.

          I guess you can be creative and write around what Zack did, but I’m not a big fan of when they diverge too much from the source material and that’s kind of where we are right now. Zack tried so hard to define this universe his way and crammed so much stuff in there that now all filmmakers are kind of stuck playing by his rules. It’s going to be a challenge for everyone jumping in this universe.

          • Chris Johnson

            Hey, it worked for XMen, essentially erasing X3 and X Men Origins: Wolverine. Not only that, they even erased XMen and X2 as well, resetting the entire timeline. The very same thing also occurred in Star Trek. Anytime your story has the potential for time travel, there will always be a way to go back to the drawing board.

            I suspect that Flash will reset the timeline, bringing back Jimmy and Mercy, who IMO were needlessly sacrificed for no apparent reason.

            Say what you will about BVS, I got Wonder Woman on screen and a solo movie on the way..for real this time, so I’m happy.

          • Math

            Yeah, that’s true… but they did it well and earned it. Also, we know that these kind of things are possible with DC, so it wouldn’t bother me if they pulled that off, but regular movie goers might find this a cheap rip-off of what they did with X-Men and Star Trek, only because they did it first. They would be wrong to think that, but you know how people love to complain about such things. That’s why I say they would have to do it right and earn it.

          • Chris Johnson

            Well, they’ll complain any way. A good number of Star Trek fans actually HATE what JJ did with Trek, even though he saved the franchise and resurrected it from the dead more or less.

            If it works, I say go for it.

          • xxjinzaxx

            The masses accept Superman flying around the Earth counter to its sound to revert events. So there’s that. DC did it first. . .

        • Chris W

          I never said, nor insinuated anywhere in my post that there was a juxtaposition in BvS. I literally made no mention of BvS other than to say it’s unfortunate they used the Death and Return of Superman in it.

          You said there is no foundation to build an interesting Superman story on. And then I told you what makes an interesting superman story in the MODERN age is the juxtaposition. That juxtaposition between the life of Clark Kent, and the life of Superman, does not require there to be a Lex, or a Jimmy Olsen. And I don’t see how you can’t see that unless you’re just being stubborn for the sake of hating on this modern incarnation of Superman.

          Those side characters you mention, and what they bring to Superman narratives, are the old fashioned morality tales from the silver age, and are not interesting to the contemporary audience anymore.

          • Carl

            I sure did read your post, my reaction was based on it. Your comments were unclear then.

            Either way you’re wrong about the side characters not being interesting. Look at all the Marvel movies and see how every hero has interesting supporting characters. Those characters bring depth to the hero’s world. It gives them people to care about and interact with on a personal level. Batman has them too in the Nolan movies.

          • Chris W

            I was clear because I didn’t state anything to what you assumed. You’re just presumptuous and have a difficult time with reading comprehension. And like I said, it’s my opinion. I’m not wrong, and you’re not right. Art is subjective. Grow up.

          • Carl

            Thanks for all the insults. You sure are more mature than me… smh

          • Chris W

            Agreed.

          • SAMURAI36

            Precisely the same thing I’ve been saying to him. Glad I’m not the only one that sees it.

          • SAMURAI36

            Look at all the Marvel movies and see how every hero has interesting supporting characters. Those characters bring depth to the hero’s world.

            LMAO, because Syf and the 3 Amigos were sooo interesting in Thor. And Falcon’s backstory was so in-depth and engaging… Wait, he didn’t have a back story.

            And Jane Foster was dynamite in the Thor films, right? Let’s not forget Maria Hill’s Oscrar-worthy performance.

            You Marvel Zombies are to laugh at.

          • Carl

            Sure Syf and the warriors 3 didn’t get a lot of time but Thor also had Odin, Loki, Hiemdall, Erik Selvig and Darcy. Plenty of supporting characters to work with. Jane Foster was of course the most important and was a great character in the 1st movie.

            Winter Soldier not only had Falcon, who was great, but Nick Fury and Black Widow as supporting characters.

            Why don’t you Marvel haters understand what makes a good movie or character?

          • SAMURAI36

            Sure Syf and the warriors 3 didn’t get a lot of time but Thor also had Odin, Loki, Hiemdall, Erik Selvig and Darcy. Plenty of supporting characters to work with. Jane Foster was of course the most important and was a great character in the 1st movie.

            LMAO at the Thor folks you named. With the exception of Koki, NONE of those have received any character development. Odin, for all his prestige, has barely had 20 minutes of screen time, between both movies. LMAO at Selvig & Darcy. The fact that you even remember those character’s names, just shows that you’re a Zombie.

            And OMG, Foster was the “most important character”?? Did you REALLY just say that? And here I thought that was Loki & Thor.

            Winter Soldier not only had Falcon, who was great, but Nick Fury and Black Widow as supporting characters.

            Fury has been in the MCU since the very beginning, but he still hasn’t gotten a lot of character development. Who is he, & what does he do, when he’s not plotting & scheming?

            And why was Falcon great? Cap made him look stupid in the first 5 minutes of the film. He was this guy that shows up, with this ambiguous military background, which is somehow enough for him to gain access (borrow?) a top secret military flight suit, that he patently doesn’t have to return, & doesn’t get in trouble for taking. But none of that matters, because…. What, he looks cool?

            Why don’t you Marvel haters understand what makes a good movie or character?

            Because neither Marvel, nor their Zombies like you have shown us what “good movies & characters” look like.
            Marvel treats characters like lot devices, & not even very good ones. With the exception of Tony, none of those characters have gotten any real character development. They force these relationships on characters (like Bruce & Widow) out of nowhere, while totally ignoring the established relationships that they already had (Bruce & Betty).They introduce a character like QS, just to kill him in the same film. Cap hasn’t had any character development whatsoever, & it doesn’t look like that’s gonna change in Avengers 2.5.
            I could go on, but I’ll stop there.
            Stop trying to act like these movies are some sort of theatrical masterpiece. They’re made strictly for kids; both the 4 year old, & 40 year old versions.

          • Carl

            LMAO at you and your blind hatred for good movies. What else do you hate?

          • SAMURAI36

            I love how you twist this around on me, after I roast your precious Marvel. Never mind actually rebutting anything I said (which we both know you can’t).

            Typical loser’s tactic. Good luck with that.

          • Carl

            There is no need to rebut nonsense.

          • SAMURAI36

            And yet, I continue to rebut your nonsense.

          • Carl

            But nothing I’ve said was nonsense.

  • SuperBuckeye30

    Nothing in this article even remotely hints that a Superman solo movie is moving forward. This is pseudo talk for “we’re not going to be seeing a Superman solo movie for a long while.”

  • Larry

    I don’t read anything that insinuates anything planned for Superman. So I’m not understanding the title of this article. “IF we get a good script” “Depends on the success of the movie”. That’s not a commitment -just a possibility.

    I’m sure at some point we’ll get a sequel. Once they figure out how to do the character right. But it’s not happening anytime soon. It could be many years from now AFTER the current slate is done. And since Snyder has deconstructed the character and killed a major supporting character he’s left the franchise already in a terrible place to build on. I can’t see WB seeing Superman as a priority in the foreseeable future.

  • breakerbaker

    I don’t think he’s saying what you think he’s saying. Zack Snyder went on record months ago about not really knowing what it would mean to do another Superman movie. Here he’s saying the same thing. There’s nothing in development. There’s no script. “If we could get a good script…”? I’m sorry, there are plenty of good Superman stories he could have told starting off where he ended in MoS. He decided to try to force a DoS story onto his DKR homage, which meant that he killed Superman off before he ever allowed the character to be Superman, and now he seems content to drive this universe toward Injustice, which is a trajectory that closes the door on a lot of great Superman stories.

    • SAMURAI36

      Except there have been alot of Superman stories told since Injustice. But I don’t expect you to know that.

      • breakerbaker

        Seriously, dude. Just go away. I’m not interested in what you think of my take on Superman as a character. And the idea that you would point to comics that came out after Injustice completely affirms that this conversation doesn’t need to begin, let alone continue. You so misunderstand filmmaking as a storytelling medium, it’s sad. If you want to believe that it can function in the same way as comics and videogames, fine. Believe that. (There are Marvel fans who believe the same thing–always talking about how easy it will be to recast the inner circle of characters, like it’s no different from changing artists. You’re just like those guys.) And then be completely shocked when the movies you love are not embraced by the masses. Eventually, you’ll come to grips with the reality that precisely that has happened again. Maybe at some point it will lead you to wonder whether something, maybe, is wrong with the movies themselves. But that’s the kind of thing that would require you to go into a movie you want to love and be ready not to like it at all. And we both know you’re not ready for that.

        • SAMURAI36

          Seriously, dude. Just go away. I’m not interested in what you think of my take on Superman as a character.

          You kill me, trying to sit here as some sort of member of the filmmaking elite. You’re not. You’re just some guy, posting on the internet, as if your opinion matters more than the rest of ours. How many films have you made? How many scripts have you written? And if you’ve done either, what consensus on them?

          If your answer to any of these is “none”, then perhaps I’m not the one with the problem here, you are.

          And the idea that you would point to comics that came out after Injustice completely affirms that this conversation doesn’t need to begin, let alone continue.

          Say the guy that said:

          ….and now he seems content to drive this universe toward Injustice, which is a trajectory that closes the door on a lot of great Superman stories.

          How is the door shut, before the story has even begun?

          You so misunderstand filmmaking as a storytelling medium, it’s sad. If you want to believe that it can function in the same way as comics and videogames, fine. Believe that.

          Says the guy that barely knows anything about the comics he’s referencing, and says Superman and Batman need to be perfect (or close to it) right off the bat, with no opportunity for growth, development, or any type of ethos.

          You love to try to criticize people, without taking the time to see if those very same criticisms apply to you or not. And more often than not, they do.

          (There are Marvel fans who believe the same thing–always talking about how easy it will be to recast the inner circle of characters, like it’s no different from changing artists. You’re just like those guys.)

          OMG this sounds so freakin’ stupid. Never mind this is comparing apples and oranges. But Marvel has already done it–TWICE–and the audience didn’t even bilnk. Now me personally, one of those choices I was fine with, and one I wasn’t. But both choices seemed to go over quite well with the audiences.

          So once again, you FAIL at trying to be the smartest guy in the room.

          And then be completely shocked when the movies you love are not embraced by the masses. Eventually, you’ll come to grips with the reality that precisely that has happened again. Maybe at some point it will lead you to wonder whether something, maybe, is wrong with the movies themselves. But that’s the kind of thing that would require you to go into a movie you want to love and be ready not to like it at all. And we both know you’re not ready for that.

          You keep trying to force something on me that is both inaccurate, and irrelevant. Are you on prescription drugs? Cuz you talk crazy as all get-out, to the point of sounding delusional.

          But whether you wanna come to terms with it or not, BVS, while not being perfect, was a great film. The general audience has spoken. You’re just mad that they don’t share your weird, retarded opinion about it. And that’s something that YOU will have to come to terms with, as the rest of us move on.

      • Carl

        Injustice is not a canonical story. It works because we have had an established and accepted DC universe prior to it for many years.

        • SAMURAI36

          First off, as a part of the Multiverse, Injustice is in fact a “canonical story”.
          Second, because time travel is clearly involved in the DCEU, then there needn’t be a linear aspect to these films, which is what the producers told us would be the case months ago.
          But I realize that DC is over your head, the way you’re chanting up Marvel’s juvenile content.

          • Carl

            Marvel has a multiverse too so I guess it’s not juvenile either by your standard.

          • SAMURAI36

            Except they are not using the Multiverse concept in their movies, are they? And Marvel’s Multiverse is only nominally such. It’s nowhere near as fleshed out as DC’s is.

            AND, they only started the Multiverse concept, because DC did it first. Just one more thing Marvel ripped off of DC.

          • Carl

            Thanks for all the irrelevant information.

          • SAMURAI36

            Says the guy that posts nothing but irrelevant info. Your mentioning Marvel’s Multiverse was completely irrelevant.

          • Carl

            Nah it was totally relevant.

          • Tomasz Nowakowski

            So Deadpool kills marvel Universe is canonical for Marvel? Punisher kills the marvel Universe also?
            Injustice is not canon, I agree, there are a lot of great Supes stories after injustice, but they’re great because they’re continuing the story from the main storyline.

            The only thing that Snyder can do now is to go with the New 52 powerless (or whatever it’s called) arc, in which clark loses his powers and have to try to live as a human. Not only it would help in progressing the character from the sad sad superman we have into a more bright one, it also kinda fit this Snyderverse.

          • SAMURAI36

            I have no idea what Deadpool is for Marvel. You are aware that Marvel and DC are separate franchises, right?

            And perhaps you’re also not aware, but Injustice is a part of the Multiverse, same as all other DC stories. It happens on a separate Earth. (E-19, I believe).

            As far as what stories you think they are locked into with the DCEU (where did this dumb name of “Snyderverse” come from?), last I checked, TDKR nor DOS happened in the New 52. True, they are plucking from different stories all over DC’s history.

            And clearly because are not telling their stories in a linear fashion (as was discussed months ago here: http://collider.com/dc-cinematic-universe-brain-trust-charles-roven/ ).

            Everything we’ve seen thus far, is precisely what they’ve been hinting at for the past several months.

  • Now that Superman comes back from the dead they’ve ruined all suspense for the character. Death of Superman isn’t a thing to throw around lightly and use for a 15min finale to another film. My guess is they’ll treat Supes like Marvel treats Hulk and just bring him in every once and a while but never give another solo film to. Which really sucks cuz Superman is my favorite comic book character.

    • SAMURAI36

      I don’t think alot of you have actually read DOS, let alone the subsequent stories after it.

  • SAMURAI36

    Clearly Superman’s death in BVS is meant as an opportunity to take the character in a different direction. It’s weird, and downright silly, that people are implying that there’s nowhere else to go with the character.

    Plenty of stories happened after Superman’s death in the comics, and the same thing can happen here.

    • Thank you! Like do people know not “The Reign of Supermen?” like I’d flip if I even get a mention of cyborg Supeerman, Steel, or Eradicator xD

      • SAMURAI36

        Precisely!! There’s literally infinite story potential for them to draw off of at this point. And don’t forget, it was Supergirl’s ship that was found, not Zod’s. So that means she’s still out there as well.

        • JMMagwood

          How about the Quarmer storyline? That would be cool. lol I’d kinda love to see “Emperor Joker” someday, but that might be too much. If the fanboys and Marvel trolls can’t handle “BvS,” their brains would explode with that story!

  • SAMURAI36

    Also, this article is terribly written; no source for it, and the quotes are horribly edited.

    This is the exact quote from Snyder:

    “I think if we can get a good script, it would be great to get a standalone Superman movie. I think that would be fun to do…Part of the reason we didn’t announce a standalone superhero movie is to support some of the event of [Batman v Superman]. “

    Also, people seem to have really short-term memories. About a year ago, there was talk of MOS2, possibly directed by George Miller. Now all of a sudden, there’s nothing planned?

    I really don’t get all this pessimism, when it comes to the DCEU. Besides, we’ve already had 1.5 Superman movies in the DCEU already. I’m looking forward to seeing other characters first.

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  • jollybrah

    Please, please F’ing please give me Man of Steel 2. Cavill deserves his own trilogy of Superman films and so do the fans, Man of Steel is fantastic and I would love to have Supes go on another solo adventure.

    • JMMagwood

      I couldn’t agree more.

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