Director Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will continue the narrative from Man of Steel (Snyder’s reboot of the Superman movie series), while at the same time opening the floodgates to the larger DC Film Universe – a.k.a. the DC Extended Universe – when it arrives in March 2016.
Still, while Batman V Superman does function as a Man of Steel sequel (by Snyder’s own admittance), Warner Bros. and DC still have plans to release a proper second solo movie for Henry Cavill’s Superman (a.k.a. Man of Steel 2) down the line. However, we can now take one rumored – and heavily favored by many movie buffs – candidate out of the running to direct Kal-El’s next solo adventure… and, by the sound of it, they won’t be involved with any upcoming DC films, either.
George Miller, fresh off directing the critical darling Mad Max: Fury Road, has recently been reported as being WB/DC’s top pick as the director for the future Superman solo movie. The filmmaker, speaking with Digital Spy as part of the promotional push for Fury Road‘s release in DVD and Blu-ray, confirmed that he has been talking with WB/DC – saying, “There’s been some of that in the mix.” However, Miller then formally debunked the Man of Steel 2 rumor, saying that he’s not really interested in making any big-budget tentpoles at the moment:
“I hope the next film I make is a very small film without any special effects and not many stunts.”
It took several years for Fury Road to come together and make its way into theaters, so it seems the 70-year old Miller is (understandably) seeking to take it a bit easier with his next project. It wasn’t long ago that Snyder, responding to the rumors about Miller and Man of Steel 2, saluted the filmmaker for his work on his fourth Mad Max movie – having said that “George can do [any DC movies] he wants, in my opinion.” Miller returned the compliment during his interview with Digital Spy, saying “I love his work” when asked for his feelings about Snyder films like Man of Steel.
Miller has generally not played around in the action genre when he’s not been working on the Mad Max franchise over the past thirty years, having instead focused on either small films – spanning genres like dark fantasy/comedy (The Witches of Eastwick) to true story-based inspirational drama (Lorenzo’s Oil) – or such family-friendly offerings as Babe: Pig in the City and Happy Feet 1 & 2. That said, his current lack of interest in making either a DC film or any tentpole in general seems related to his desire to ease back a little, after the challenges that came with filming on Fury Road (Peter Jackson is currently going smaller post-Hobbit trilogy, for similar reasons).
It will be interesting to see what Miller does make next as director, though, especially now that a whole new generation of movie buffs know his name thanks to Fury Road. As for Henry Cavill’s Superman: his next solo film remains on the back-burner for now, it would seem; however, with the character slated to appear in both Batman V Superman and two Justice League movies in the next four years (at least), it’s not as though he’ll be hurting that much for screen time.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Womanon June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corpson June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.
Source: Digital Spy