The writer behind Tommy Shelby almost wrote a Superman movie starring Henry Cavill.
A new report has revealed that Warner Bros. turned down a Man of Steel sequel pitch from Steven Knight. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Knight wrote a treatment for a new Superman movie but Warner Bros. executives weren’t thrilled, sending the writer away with notes. Development paused once James Gunn and Peter Safran were named as the heads of Warner Bros. Discovery’s DC Studios division.
Steven Knight is a British writer, director and producer who is best known for creating the television shows Peaky Blinders, Taboo and See. His resume also includes feature films like Eastern Promises, Locke, Pawn Sacrifice, Allied and Spencer.
THR claims that former DC Films president Walter Hamada was working on a long-term plan to bring Superman back to the big screen. His vision included a live-action take on the multiversal Crisis on Infinite Earths event, which would have featured the return of Cavill as the Last Son of Krypton. The CW adapted the same event in its Arrowverse.
A new era for the DC Universe
James Gunn is said to be focusing on the creative direction of the DC Universe, with Peter Safran working on business and production. The two report directly to Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav. Whether their plans involve a Superman movie starring Henry Cavill remains to be seen.
Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, Blue Beetle and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom are currently in various stages of post-production at Warner Bros. Discovery, with all four DC Universe movies slated to hit theaters in 2023. Will the characters from those movies make appearances in the new DCU? Only Gunn and Safran know.
Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Henry Cavill’s Superman and the future of the DC Extended Universe!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter