5 Villains Superman Could Face In ‘Man Of Steel 2’

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It was earlier announced that a Man of Steel sequel is officially in development, and with a new adventure for DC’s oldest hero comes new villains for him to face off against. The question is, who will Henry Cavill’s Superman have to fight in his superhero sequel? While Superman may not have the most famous rogues gallery, it is certainly full of many interesting potential adversaries who could take on the man of steel in a cinematic adventure. Let’s start counting down our top 5 picks for a villain Superman could face off against in Man of Steel 2.

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Sam Easton

Sam Easton

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  • Jason Scarpelli

    Yay . It’s a Man of Steel 3

    • Hinscher

      Yea, I dislike how people don’t consider BvS as MoS 2. It really is.

      • Radar Technician Matt

        I call it Man of steel 1.5.

        • JMMagwood

          They can call it “Revenge of Mudfoot” for all I care as long as it gets made! lol

      • flavortang

        I think of the DC movies just as stories. A movie can have Superman in it, but it doesn’t necessarily make it a Superman movie. BvS, to me, was more about Batman’s journey of cynicism and skepticism towards acceptance and tolerance of Superman. So, it was more of a Batman movie for me; his introduction into the world of the DCEU.

        I think the DC movies are less about characters and more about the world. Each movie tells the story necessary to expand and flesh out the world. I think we’re so used to the formulaic idea of every movie has to be *insert movie title* and then each sequel has to be *insert movie title 2, 3, .etc* that we’re sort of stuck in that way of thinking.

        MoS 2 should be a proper sequel, expanding the world of Superman exclusively and of his peers and interests, without distraction from other characters’ story arcs.

        • SAMURAI36

          Yeah, I like the idea of each film having its own distinct title, vs just slapping a number on it. It’s what made the Star Wars Saga so unique.

          • JMMagwood

            Maybe they all should start with “DC Universe and Geoff Johns Presents:” lol If WW is a critical darling, they’ll probably consider it!

            Of course, who gives a squirt of you know what about the critics at this point?

            What about keepng the “Vs” concept going? Like “Superman Vs. Mongul” or something like that?

          • flavortang

            I think it’d be really interesting if DC Films went the comic route and maybe made something like The Brave and The Bold featuring random players in the DCEU. A connective side story to a major feature like Justice League. Introduce two or more B-list characters in a big, wily adventure.

            Marvel is going the traditional route by solo movie tiers leading to big, tent pole team-ups. DC Films can go the comic route and have the occasional team-up of seemingly disparate characters like in the comics(Brave and Bold).

          • JMMagwood

            Can you imagine a “Brave and The Bold: Batman, Wildcat, and Doctor Fate” movie?!? Would that not be awesome?

          • flavortang

            YES! That’s something that DC Films could do to differentiate themselves even more by not going in the traditional, tiered solo movie route. You could have a Vixen movie co-starring Animal Man setting up the concept of The Red for the rest of the DCEU so that when Swamp Thing shows up in Justice League Dark, audiences are already familiar with the concept of where his abilities are derived from.

            Something like that.

          • JMMagwood

            I’d go! I won’t lie, I’m a DC mark and I’ll go see whatever they come up with no matter how deep in the weeds they decided to go. That idea sounds great.

          • flavortang

            Don’t get me wrong: I want to see solo films. I’ll pass out from a nerdgasm if a solo Hawkman movie gets announced, but it’s fun to consider other methods of telling these stories in cinema, taking cues from the comics upon which they’re based.

          • JMMagwood

            That’s one of the things that so fantastic about the DCU: There are so many obscure ideas that are so cool and would make great live action content. How about a “Secret Six” TV series? A “Spectre” movie? Sgt. Rock? Vigilante? Doom Patrol? Congorilla? All fantastic concepts. There’s so much there.

          • flavortang

            Yesyesyes. I want to see a Blackhawks movie; they could be the Impossible Mission Force of the DCEU, or Secret Six. Doom Patrol could be DC Films’ X-Men. Vigilante could be a gritty noir action movie in the vein of John Wick, but set in a world of meta-humans. Give it a $50 million budget with small cameos by Affleck and Cavill, maybe just them in news stories playing on TVs in the background. Or have Vigilante kill a bunch of bad guys who happened to be stealing Wayne Tech hardware. Stuff like that. The world is there and WB owns every DC character. They’d be wise to go all in and develop characters on all rungs of the property ladder.

          • JMMagwood

            That’s what I’m hoping for. With the Multiverse concept, there’s no worries, either. You can have crossovers between
            TV and the movies.

          • SAMURAI36

            I’m really hoping to see the Blackhawks at least show up as an Easter Egg in the WW film. Them, along with Enemy Ace. There are so many WWII characters from DC, that deserve their shine.

          • JMMagwood

            Wow. If Enemy Ace is in the WW movie, even as a five second Easter egg.. Just wow.. What a thought.

          • SAMURAI36

            OMG, Secret Six!!! *Dies*

          • JMMagwood

            I know, right? Fridays at 8 on the CW??? lol How are they not doing that?

          • SAMURAI36

            Catman and Ragdoll really need to happen, somewhere in DC’s multimedia. H&ll, have them show up in the Injustice game!!

          • SAMURAI36

            Man, you guys are hitting all the right buttons. I LOVE the concept of the Green and the Red.

          • SAMURAI36

            Why yes. Yes, it would. So here’s a Q for the group: How would everyone feel about seeing the Milestone or Wildstorm DC characters introduced to the DCEU?

            I’d love to see Static, Hardware, Icon and Rocket from Milestone, along with Mr. Majestic, Apollo, and Midnighter from Wildstorm.

          • JMMagwood

            There’s so much to mine there, you could never end. I’d love to see a series of movies, especially from the Milestone universe of characters.

            “The Authority”? Thursday nights at 9, after “LoT.”

          • SAMURAI36

            I’d be good with that, except I dunno if the general audience would be, though. I think, unfortunately, BVS left a bit of a bad taste in people’s mouths, and I wouldn’t want a title making the audience reminiscent of that.

            But yeah, I didn’t even think of Mongul. I think I’d prefer him more than Brainiac. Plus, Mongul fears Darkseid, so that’ll be a great piece to add to the DCEU.

        • Arzave

          Exactly !!

          • Neal Caffey

            Not exactly (see my other comment – the longer one!)

        • JMMagwood

          I love the idea that the movies might become more cohesive and universal, sort of like the TV shows and the comics universe are becoming. Maybe we’ll have Batman and GL have supporting roles in a Superman movie, or Superman shows up for a scene or two in Shazam.

          • Neal Caffey

            Batman in the next Superman movie? No thanks, I’ve had enough of Batman continually being put in the spotlight or whatever. We need a solid Superman movie, the definitive Superman movie that shows just what a great character he is – something MoS and BvS failed to do. Definitely no Batman, and no any other character.

            Same goes for all the other solo movies. It being a shared universe doesn’t mean they all have to appear in each other’s movies. Focus on the character at hand and tell THEIR story.

      • Neal Caffey

        As far as the individual character of Superman is concerned, it’s not a sequel at all. He was a plot device, a side character at best. He got no development or any clear characterization. It just deals with the aftermath of Man Of Steel, which is similar to how Suicide Squad and JL deal with the aftermath of BvS. It’s a very connected film universe, it doesn’t make every movie a sequel to one another.

    • Darthmanwe

      You people do realize that this solo Superman movie could be called just about anything from “Last Son”, “Man of Tomorrow” to “Big Blue Boy Scout.”

      They are not required to use Man of Steel moniker for the movie.

      • SAMURAI36

        Good point. I’d love MOT as the title. It keeps in the “Man Of” tradition.

      • Jason Scarpelli

        Nobody said the Man of Steel moniker will be used. The moniker wasn’t used for BvS and it was still a sequel to Man of Steel. As Cavill’s next Superman film will be a sequel to BvS most likely in one way or another.

        • SAMURAI36

          Technically, all DCEU films are “sequels” to each other. SS is definitely a sequel to BVS.

          • Jason Scarpelli

            That’s why they are all part of the DC Cinematic Universe. As the MCU.

          • SAMURAI36

            You mean DC Extended Universe, but yes.

          • Jason Scarpelli

            Same thing. DCCU is the DC Cinematic Universe, which that is what it is. Marvel has the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). It could be called Marvel Cinematic Extended Universe (for extending the story and characters over multiple films as DC) but it isn’t.

          • SAMURAI36

            Actually, no. One is what they are, the other is what they are called. Both are cinematic universes, sure. But DC has made it a point to call its own the “Extended Universe”, so as to differentiate itself from Marvel.

          • Jason Scarpelli

            Some say potato, some say pototo.

  • Origami Rose

    Braniac is the only villain i want. They already left crumbs of Braniac in MoS.

  • SAMURAI36

    I like these villains, with the exception of of Bizzaro. I don’t think he should be a major villain in the Superman mythos.

    Brainiac is the obvious choice. Metallo as well. Of course we know that Lex will be involved, pulling the strings from behind the scenes.

    • JMMagwood

      I wonder if we’ll see some form of redemption for Luthor in the next couple movies? Will he come to the assistance of the Justice League?

      • SAMURAI36

        Ehh,m I’m kinda hoping that doesn’t happen. At least not in any altruistic sense. I’d like to see Lex’s villainy fully realized.

        • JMMagwood

          It’s not letting me reply. Not sure why.

        • JMMagwood

          Let’s see if this works. I kind of hope it happens, at least to the general public, not in the eyes of the heroes. Luthor wants to live too, right? He may have to help the JL to get through whatever is coming.

          • SAMURAI36

            It worked. I wouldn’t mind seeing Luthor in such a role, if it meant a double-cross of some sort, was thrown in for the story’s sake.

          • JMMagwood

            Well, it IS Luthor, so that would be expected. lol Maybe a “President Luthor” storyline could be played out in the next Superman movie?

            Portrayed as “The Hero of Earth” after “JL,” despite the fact that the League knows the truth about him. I’d be interested in watching Clark Kent, however they manage to bring him back, do a slow burn as Lex reaps acclaim from the world.

          • SAMURAI36

            Ahh, President Luthor would be a great story beat. So, which JL’er should cameo in the next Superman film?

          • JMMagwood

            Well, I’m not sure of release dates, but I’d like to see Superman as a sort of mentor for… uh.. “Shazam.” Still tough for me not to write his true, stolen, name! If not Shazam, I desperately want to see the Batman Superman friendship develop.

            Posted originally in the wrong place lol

          • SAMURAI36

            I can definitely see that, ala the Superman/Shazam animated film.

            However, word is Geoff Johns is penning the Shazam film himself. If that’s the case, I definitely see him utilizing at least part of the Shazam story he wrote for the New 52 as the template for the Shazam film.

          • JMMagwood

            Could be. There were some rumors awhile back that DC was again considering what to do with Shazam post Rebirth, so perhaps someone has an intriguing concept that re-envisions the character again (Jonathan Hickman???).

          • JMMagwood

            Well, I’m not sure of release dates, but I’d like to see Superman as a sort of mentor for… uh.. “Shazam.” Still tough for me not to write his true, stolen, name! If not Shazam, I desperately want to see the Batman Superman friendship develop.

        • rogbngp

          I would like to see Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor grow into the more formidable villain that we know with more gravitas. But I think what they’re about with this film is to give it a different, more upbeat tone, to restore luster to the brand. For many a fan that did not like BvS there would be a bad taste in their mouths if this film features Jesse Eisenberg’s Luthor. They’ll obviously maintain continuity from the three Snyder films (trilogy of MoS, BvS, and JL) in terms of story. But my guess is they’ll want to make a clean break from some negative past associations that a lot of fans have re: the way Snyder developed the character (common complaints: he’s insecure, brooding, mopey, angsty). That said, I do expect that we will see Superman “Back in Black” (cue AC/DCD song) in JL in terms of his self-confidence and conviction about his purpose.

          • SAMURAI36

            I agree that they are going to “lighten the brand” to a degree, but I don’t think that includes divorcing themselves from Eisenberg’s Luthor, especially since he’s going to be in JL.

            Remember, Lex in the comics went thru different phases as well, before he became the Lex we all know. That’s pretty much what DC is doing with all these characters.

            What they are doing with DC is so fundamentally different from what Marvel is doing, on so many levels. Whereas Marvel is doing “phases” in their story arcs, none of the characters are in that much of a different place currently, than when they first started out. Tony is still the same Tony, Cap is pretty much the same Cap, etc.

            Superman will be in a much different place by the time his 3rd appearance roles around. Batman has already made his change,, after the first film. I imagine we’ll see similar changes to WW, after her first movie.

            And bear in mind, we’ll be seeing Lex in JL, long before we see him again in the MOS sequel. So there’ll be plenty of time for them to develop his character even further.

          • rogbngp

            Okay, I can agree that it all depends on how they do it. I kind of doubt we’ll see it happen, but as you describe it I would love to see it.

  • Marcus StoopidGenius Sills

    I want to see Lobos or the Intergang

    • Fenix

      Intergang should have been in BvS instead of the wasted use of Doomsday. That way you tease Apokolips by having Intergang being supplied their tech.

  • Carl

    Any of these except Bizzaro and Cyborg Superman are good. We don’t need anyone similar to Superman.

    • SAMURAI36

      This is the first time where I actually agree with you.

  • Jewie

    Metallo should’ve been the villain in BvS. Lex could’ve been uninvolved in the BvS fight and been secretly working on turning Scoot into Metallo. Then, when Batman and Superman put aside their differences (not because of MARTHA!!!), they would realize that Lex has been building a kryptonite fueled monster and fought him together.

  • Nathan_12thMan

    Of these I gotta say the only one that truly fits in this universe so far really well is Brainiac. This Superman is NOT ready to have a movie about him fighting another Superman (Cyborg or Bizzaro).

    Personally I am down for the plot to be Superman being contacted faintly by the Martian Manhunter telepathically as a cry for help. Superman finds him being held prisoner in a secret government structure. Superman breaks him out. MM tells him about himself, shows him telepathically (therefore showing us his origin story) who he is and where he came from and what happened to his planet. How White Martians invaded from below the surface and he’s the only survivor and they are on their way to Earth. He was on his way to warn humanity but got caught and held prisoner.

    So now MM has been established in the DCEU. Superman partners up with Jones (which gives us a cool perspective on SM from Jones POV. Learning who SM is through his eyes, Jones asking him what he stands for, why he does what he does, etc). The White Martians show up (with a leader; aka big baddie) and Superman and MM fight them.

    • Fenix

      See that’s really what should be in a Superman sequel and precursor to JL.

  • Daphne Dark

    Superman V. Jason Voorhees ! ! Jimmy Olsen is resurrected by Lex Luthor in return for Jimmy’s mother Martha P. Voorhees; (formerly Olsen – now divorced from Jimmy’s dad); aiding him in his escape from the asylum. Unfortunately Martha is killed by Batman, but Luthor still escapes by hiding behind the batmobile. Luthor’s Chief Mad scientist Sack Znyder imbues Jimmy with Super Strength and Invulnerability (like all of Superman’s iconic foes), by sewing Jimmy’s head onto the body of Doomsday. Luthor then sets Jimmy on a killing spree in Gotham to get back at Batman. Jimmy finds a newly cloned Jason Todd (now a teen again) in the Batcave trying to hotwire the Batmobile. Jimmy kills Jason and steals a Kryptonite Machette from Batman’s arsenal and the Robin suit. Jimmy returns to Luthor, and just to mess with Batman, Luthor renames Jimmy Jason (and to fool Superman). Luthor gives Jason/Jimmy the cape because he got mixed up and thought the cape was red when it was really more of a husky dark rust so Luthor no longer has a use for it . . . . . Luthor also gives Jason/Jimmy (now Jason Voorhees) a lead lined hockey mask because Luthor’s (“Don’t call me Chief”) Chief Mad Scientist Sack Znyder thinks it looks kind of “edgy”. Jason is now sent on a killing spree in Metropolis. After Jason/Jimmy decapitates Lois and kills her and Superman’s son, Superman snaps Jason/Jimmy’s neck. As Superman gives Lois’s decapitated head one final goodbye kiss, Jason/Jimmy rises (again) behind them, Kryptonite Machette in hand. Superman cries: “Who are you?” – and Jimmy starts to say “Martha Voorhees’s son . . . “; but before he can say “Jimmy” . . . . . Batman arrives and blows Jason/Jimmy up with a BatChainsawFragGrenade while screaming “Why did you say that name”! Batman then kills Superman with the Kryptonite Machette just because the machette is “Sharp Edgy”. The Suicide Squad, now led by the Joker because Rick got flagged, arrives and drags Batman off to Belle Reve for killing Superman. Harley Quinn then rapes Batman while Joker and Amanda Waller watch with approval. This time instead of burying Superman the US Government, now led by President Luthor, have Green Arrow shoot Superman’s body into the sun using a special Rocket Arrow. And that sets us up quite nicely for Man of Steel 3!

    • SAMURAI36

      WTF???

  • H.I McDunnough

    One of my favorite stories is when Superman went up against The Elite. I think that would make for an amazing big screen story. As long as they nail the casting for Manchester Black it could be pretty awesome.

    • Fenix

      That’s a great “make a case for Superman” story.

    • Tim

      Exactly. It needs to be this. They have to show to the world (us the viewers) that We need to have a superman. Hes more than a fist and a laser. “Must there be a superman?” Yes, yes there must, and The Elite shows us why.

      Re casting, my first thought was Jason Statham (if they went older) or Andrew Garfield if they werent younger – but as i dont think A.G. would do it so soon after spiderman, Daniel Radcliffe would be another great choice.

      John Cho for Hat (he can manage another big franchise alongside Star Trek i assume). This is just totally obvious for me.

      Someone big for Coldcast, nobody really leaps to mind.

      Jennifer Lopez 10 years ago could have been Menagerie – but not any more. I’m tempted to say Michelle Rodriguez for talent and star value – but does it need to be a big actress for a side-villain role? probably not.

  • Phebe Alexander

    Brainiac…yes, must be the one, looks cool too. Can’t wait for this! 😉

  • Fenix

    Hank Henshaw is such a joke of a villain. It’s fine to do a dark spoof of the fantastic four, but don’t make him a major villain and part of the centerpiece of villains in Death and Return (reign of the supermen).

  • Jo Hunter

    Bring in Mongul and Warworld! And introduce some new heroes to help Superman. Supergirl and John Henry Irons, perhaps?

  • rogbngp

    Didn’t Zack Snyder once say that they were originally considering Brainiac for MoS 2? But then the idea came up for Batman being the main antagonist and there was no turning back from that idea. IIRC Snyder said something to the effect that they decided to save Brainiac for a film down the road, be it a Superman standalone or a JL film. But anyway, this indicates that Brainiac has already been high on the list. It’s a different ball game following the reaction to BvS and with Geoff Johns ostensibly calling the shots now. And presumably Snyder will not direct MoS 2. But I would set Brainiac as the odds on favorite right now.

  • Mitchell Shields

    Brainiac would be great… But I may be better if he fought all of the JL after darkseid