Rumor Patrol: ‘Man of Steel 2′ in 2014; ‘Justice League’ in 2015

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Superman Man of Steel 2 Sequel Rumor Rumor Patrol: Man of Steel 2 in 2014; Justice League in 2015

Now that Man of Steel has overcome divisive critical opinion (read our review) by scoring the biggest June opening weekend ever, talk amongst fanboys and fangirls has inevitably turned to the already in-development sequel (tentatively titled Man of Steel 2), as well as the larger future plans for DC Comics and Warner Bros.’ superhero universe – which will (hopefully, maybe) one day culminate with a Justice League team-up film.

In late 2012 it was announced that Justice League would arrive in 2015 to compete against Marvel’s Avengers 2; however, as the success of Man of Steel became more and more clear, the studio’s focus shifted from the team-up film to milking their rebooted Superman franchise for all the billions it is likely worth. But today, we have new word that, while focuses may have indeed changed, Justice League and a second Superman movie might be closer linked than anyone thought.

Justice League Movie Man of Steel Dark Knight Discussion Rumor Patrol: Man of Steel 2 in 2014; Justice League in 2015

The Wall Street Journal reports that they have inside sources at DC/WB claiming that Man of Steel 2 is being fast-tracked for release in 2014, and that Justice League could follow thereafter in 2015 as originally announced. And while fans caught up in the afterglow of MoS are probably ecstatic to hear this rumor, there are quite a few other people who are going to do a total facepalm when hearing this.

There have been debates about how DC/WB should build its Justice League universe  (i.e., do the opposite of Marvel and start with a teamup film early on, or follow Marvel and release standalone character stories),  but no matter which approach you agree with, I think every fan of the DC Universe can agree, nobody wants an overly-rushed series of films. And if this rumor holds any weight, it sounds like that’s exactly what could be happening. Then again – the rumor is a little hard to believe.

Zack Snyder with Henry Cavill on set of Man of Steel Rumor Patrol: Man of Steel 2 in 2014; Justice League in 2015

The timing alone would be crazy: director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer – not to mention star Henry Cavill – have literally just finished selling the world on seeing their new Superman vision (and still have some red carpets to walk overseas); the turnaround time from marketing and promoting this first film, filming the sequel, doing months of post-production effects work and then going back out to promote MoS2? Even if it could be done, the quality of that work would be dubious, at best. Snyder himself has recently denied such a timetable exists, and with certain Man of Steel 2 story elements needing to be figured out first, just getting the sequel figured out on paper could take about a year.

A look at Marvel Studios’ franchises tells us that the quick turnaround demands of a shared universe can wear down your casts and creative teams. Films like Fast & Furious 7 (which is going through a big director switch due to a rushed production schedule) have fans skeptical about the strategy of altering a working formula for the sake of getting a sequel out quick-fast. DC/WB may want to get a Superman sequel out soon, yes, but they may want to consider the divisive response to the first film and focus on polishing those wrinkles into a superior sequel.

Justice League line up Rumor Patrol: Man of Steel 2 in 2014; Justice League in 2015

As to the thought of Justice League coming out in 2015: who would direct it? Zack Snyder would be busy with MoS2, and so far his name has been the most likely nomination for the job. Henry Cavill would be near dead from exhaustion if he had to knock out another Superman flick and a Justice League flick in the next two years (see again: Marvel’s issues with Robert Downey Jr.) – which is just one more reason why this sounds a little too doubtful to be true.
Man of Steel 2 (Last Son of Krypton would be my preferred sequel title) in 2015? Justice League 2016 or 2017? That I would be more inclined to believe – that is, if DC/WB is even interested in moving into a team-up that quickly, instead of trying to launch more multi-million-to-billion-dollar solo character franchises featuring Oscar-caliber talent and proven creative teams (Nolan, Goyer, Snyder).

Don’t be surprised if we soon get an official timetable from Warner Bros on the future of their DC Movieverse (Comic-Con is just around the corner, kids); until then, discuss for yourselves how likely or not any of this sounds. Do you still want to see that Batman/Superman movie first?

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Man of Steel is now in theaters. We’ll see what happens beyond that.

Source: TWJ (via Bleeding Cool)

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  1. Man of Steel 2 could be a smaller film, more character driven and less CGI serving as a bridge between MoS 1 and Justice League, so WB could still release it in time for Holiday 2014. Also, they have everything in place since they just finished production on MoS – same director, same vfx team, they could re-use a lot of the assets from MoS1. They could also shoot MoS 2 and JL back to back and have a smaller MoS 2 set the stage for a massive Justice League film. MoS 2 would be competing with Nolan’s Interstellar, also due for Holiday 2014. The other possibility is that they will release MoS 2 and JL back to back one month apart in summer 2015 in order to compete with all the other major franchises that summer (Avengers 2, Star Wars, Pirates 5 etc).

    • That is kinda’ what they did with Iron Man 2 and that ruined it a little bit.

      • What? They did the opposite. IM2 technically had more CGI fight scenes and a bunch of subplots that bogged the character driven moments down.

      • The over focus of Shield/the Avengers made IM2 worse. MoS should allude to the Justice League as lightly as possible.

  2. I wouldn’t rush it. I’d rather see quality DC hero movies over a thrown together JLA effort. Take your time and do it right. I’d suggest doing Batman/Superman: Trinity. They investigate and introduce Wonder Woman. Release a Flash film; because it just makes sense to do. Then follow up with a JLA film featuring Bats, Supes, WW, GL, Flash and introduce Martian Manhunter OR Aquaman. This would be the only way I could see ‘fast tracking’ this; and with that stated I’d still advise taking the time to do it right. Just my 2 cents worth.

    • I completely agree with this. I had the same idea for a while but I didn’t how to put it into words. I think this would work out perfectly, no rushed films, no low quality/sub-par production, and it would actually be worth it.

  3. Solo films first using common characters, a la Nick Fury and Agent Coulson, for crossovers to help carry the weight of lesser-known leading roles.

    The formula for MoS works: surround your lead with a skilled, proven cast (Crowe, Adams, Costner, etc). Come on, DC, I’m pulling for ya.

    Bane

  4. 2015: Man Of Steel 2
    2016: Batman vs Superman,
    2017: The Flash (April) Wonder Woman (November)
    2018: Justice League
    2019: Man of Steel 3 (June) Aquaman (Xmas)
    2020: Batman reboot
    2021: Justice League 2

    • 2018 sounds like a reasonable date for jl

    • “Pubes”?! Well, that’s a “hair-raising” schedule you’ve come up with, I must say!

    • why would u have JLA before the Batman reboot????? thats backwards. the Batman rebootwill definetly come before a JLA film.

  5. It’s possible to accomplish if:

    1. They already have a script that’s at least 95+% finished with definite ways to finish it.

    2. The story includes some of what was already built for’MOS’, sets, the use of some of the same locations, that sort of stuff.

    3. Contract stipulations that guarantee the workforce will be in place and the production facilities have blocked the time to spend on the production.

    If that’s done I could see a fast tracked sequel. If Warner has confidence in its plan then I could see them use another team to work out the details for the movie beyond the ‘MOS’ sequel, while its production is happening. Whatever that may be. It’s an exciting idea to be sure and would explain why WB has been silent for so long…

  6. I would use Man of steel and the things that happened in it to introduce Wonder woman and the Aquaman. How? Thermascara and Atlantis both could have been lost to earth on a separate plane of existance/dimension and the gravity machine from MOS could’ve released both back into our plane of existance, boom both solved. It doesn’t make sense that they’ve been here all the time. They could even have flash created from dna from superman that gets out and mixed with the chemicals that Barry Allen is hit with that turns him into the flash thus grounding his story in a reality of sorts. Just chemicals alone doesn’t make sense but add a little kryptonian dna and it could make sense. This way you’re using superman to legitimize the other heroes. Green lantern already exists, so does Batman.

    • In regards to your take on a Flash origin story: an accident during a high energy particle physics experiment, ala Cern, would provide a much more plausible basis for the Flash’s powers than somehow getting infected with Superman’s blood.

      • I agree, didn’t think of the CERN angle. Good idea

  7. my god are these people stupid or what? Don’t they remember why Iron Man 2 sucked ass? i know it’s a different studio but for the love of god.

    it took em 30+ years to resurrect a franchise and now they are going to rush a sequel? when we all know the first sequel is the most important one(see dark knight). if this is true expect the next MOS to look something “almost” as crappy as QUEST FOR PEACE. The movie might even be 89 minutes long.

    this is a meticulous process. finding the right story is the hardest part. you can’t rush it. even if it takes 4 yrs to make the sequel to MAN OF STEEL must be done right. There is a great opportunity here. i hope they don’t ruin it.

    • IM2 didn’t “suck ass”….it was just a bit disappointing compared to the first one.

  8. I have a feeling that there is an office somewhere deep in the bowels of Warner Brothers there are about half a dozen contingencies on what to do with their DC franchises based on this, this, this, and this.

    MoS was their biggest “this”, and it has shown to be a resounding success. Much like Marvel rolled out massive details after the unadulterated success of The Avengers, I think DC is about to take the same route.

  9. WELLLLLL. Uhuh. Ok. Right.
    Sooooo. MoS2. Waiting for it. JLA? It would be a huge mis step if they made it before they made standalone movies for atleast Wonder Woman (which would be so cool seeing as all the current superheroes in the cinemas are male — and I’m not counting Catwoman as a superhero — while she would be the first female superhero), Flash and Green Lantern. IDK. I like d Reynolds as Hall, so maybe they don’t need to reboot it, but make it a bit more to the theme of MoS, or just reboot it IDC, as long as we get a Green Lantern movie because he f’ing deserves it. And Maybe a few others (Aquaman? Seeing as nearly everyone it practically shouting that he should have a movie. Maybe make a Darkest Night movie with GL and Aquaman? just a thought).
    But seeing as everyone already has ranted abouy everything I’m typing, I’ll just leave it at this.

    But personally, I want to see a WF movie with Supes/Bats. Both are my num 1 fav charactrs of all time, so it would be a treat.

  10. WELLLLLL. Uhuh. Ok. Right.
    Sooooo. MoS2. Waiting for it. JLA? It would be a huge mis step if they made it before they made standalone movies for atleast Wonder Woman (which would be so cool seeing as all the current superheroes in the cinemas are male — and I’m not counting Catwoman as a superhero — while she would be the first female superhero), Flash and Green Lantern. IDK. I like d Reynolds as Hall, so maybe they don’t need to reboot it, but make it a bit more to the theme of MoS, or just reboot it IDC, as long as we get a Green Lantern movie because he deserves it. And Maybe a few others (Aquaman? Seeing as nearly everyone it practically shouting that he should have a movie. Maybe make a Darkest Night movie with GL and Aquaman? just a thought).
    But seeing as everyone already has ranted abouy everything I’m typing, I’ll just leave it at this.

    But personally, I want to see a WF movie with Supes/Bats. Both are my num 1 fav charactrs of all time, so it would be a treat.

  11. Star Wars EPVII comes out in 2015. Man that is Super!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • It sure is!! :)

    • nah, what is more “super” is Postman Pat wankin his cat off! :P

  12. Ok WB/DC time to get your heads out of your collective arses. For one thing I didn’t like MoS for one reason Jonathan Kent, He would NEVER have forced Clark to hide his powers, he would have NEVER said that Maybe Clark should have let those kids die. You Pretty much BLEW up the image of the Good Jonathan Kent that was a man who did everything and wanted to do more for his fellow man. NOW be a good set of Companies and STOP Getting on this dman NOLANverse s***, he’s not the end all be all of the producers or directors hell he won’t even do anything MAGIC based since he’s got on this REALISM kick. Yeah if he’s anywhere involved you’ll never see Wonder Woman, Flash, or Even Martian Manhunter along with other Characters even be on the screen cause guess what THEY DO MAGIC, or Thier POWERS are magical. Get rid of NOLAN and RE DO BATMAN RIGHT, NO JOKER/CATWOMAN CRAP! It’s OVER USED AND OVER DONE!

    • @Agent X

      Umm, Snyder and other WB execs and producers have gone on record saying that Nolan’s Batman trilogy is not in the same universe as Man of Steel and Nolan’s movies will not be continued. So I have no idea what you’re talking about when you keep name dropping Nolan. He was involved in the writing, but this was not his universe.

      Second of all, this Jonathan Kent was not necessarily the same Jonathan Kent that we saw in the Donner movies or in the comics. Just like this Superman was different than other incarnations of Superman. This was a completely different take on the character, and if you judge it based off of that, and without comparing it to previous incarnations, this version of Jonathan Kent worked very well. He was a more realistic father figure who was worried about the repercussions that would happen if Clark revealed himself to the world. And he even suggested that in the long run, Clark waiting until the right time to reveal himself and decide how to spend his life is even more important than people’s lives, including his own, and the kids on the bus.

      Now, you can certainly disagree with Jonathan’s opinion, but it was a damn interesting character. Sure, it wasn’t what we were used to from Jonathan, but it worked in this movie universe.

      And regarding realism, sure, this was a take that tried to “humanize” Superman and make him more relatable, and make the world around him more believable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fantastic elements, or even magic. We saw crazy alien technology, alien worlds, and all of these superhuman creatures leveling cities. I think Wonder Woman, Flash, and Martian Manhunter will be fine.

    • \to any aspiring director, \Johnathan Kent was a guardian,, a step father to this metiorite darlin
      pub doesnt work

      but it fukin does!

      nn guys n cake
      basically, Johnathon is a guardian to the nieve superman to be

      John dies..then our super hero is understandin spiderman
      DC / MARVEL
      ima marvel guy
      cos i understood dc and marvel.

      marvel wins hands down
      but Dc plays a big part in Marvels success.

  13. It’s clear that Warner Bros have no clear cut plan to build up to Justice League otherwise we would’ve seen an out of credits scene in MOS.

    Solo films first as it gives you more time to build and develop. Must start with a Wonder Woman movie with either Kelly Brook or Taylor Cole in the role.

  14. How about this: Superman II..but really featuring Batman with maybe a quick referenced origin for him which we all know too well. Include Wonder Woman, also but just as an observer form Paradise Island. Then Green lantern II featuring the Flash and his origin. Maybe it could have a revamped Hulk like beginning of movie origin for Green Lantern. Also include Aquaman as an oberving from Atlantis. Next, Justice League showing the Martian Manhunter’s origin. From there sprout individual movies and sequals. Let’s use a little ingenuity here people!

  15. Martian Manhunter origins movie ending with the discovery of Superman on earth and use him sort of like a Nick Fury rolling him into each film. Follow with WW and a Flash w/ GL(instead of rebooting). Then a JL movie that has batman sitting in he shadow studying his potential allies, ending with a meeting. “Phase 2″ can open with a superman vs batman, then solo sequels or using new heroes like Shazam. Follow with JL2

  16. Unless they connect the DC Cinemtic Universe with the Dark Knight Trilogy (which they need to do anyway since building up their other properties is more imporant) there is absolutely no way they can do this. If DC is going to gloss over Man of Steel’s problems and rush a Man of Steel 2 movie and Justice League movie, it’s going to have a rude awakening when it finds out it shot itself in the foot. I guess this is going to be the last great DC film….

  17. It’s too bad MAN OF STEEL flattened Metropolis. I am wondering where MOS 2 will take place?

    After Superman personally threw Zod and his crew through skyscrapers containing businesses and apartments with literally millions of people, who fell to their inevitable deaths, I am wondering how they will pull off a sequel within the “realistic” design they began with here.

    I know that anyone who was a “NAME” character was preserved (give or take a villain or two) for future films, but perhaps they should bring in a writer who can tell a CHARACTER-DRIVEN story that is not all ACTION and DESTRUCTION, but instead adds a dash of exposition and dialogue…

  18. I liked the idea of that terraforming thingy rocking the world. I would buy that it exposed Wonder Woman’s island and got Aquaman to investigate what’s happening on land. Now that Clark is working at the newspaper, he has an easy excuse to investigate the unusual occurrences.
    As for Bats, there have been like 3 Hulks in 10 years. Two of them destroyed NYC. People are willing to forgive a lack of continuity if the movie is done right.

  19. If they are going to do a MoS2 and then a Justice League they have include at least 2 heroes in MoS 2 right? then the Man of Steel have to include that he is making a hero group

  20. As others have stated, Superman needs to be the doorway for the other superheroes to be created. So I think Superman’s sequels should have an “unintentional” effect of creating, not just new villains, but new heroes. In fact, an interesting twist would be to give some of these heroes “villain” status during their introductions, or at least byproducts of Lex Luthor or what have you trying to take down Superman. Make Superman the “codex” for the Justice League, so to speak. Each of his adventures spawn new heroes, new villains.

    Then Batman shows up (not Nolan’s Batman, a Batman much more about the brains than the brawn) and tries to take down Superman, fails (nearly succeeding, getting closer than even Lex Luthor ever could), then comes to trust Superman and eventually befriends him.

    Then, you look up and all of a sudden… hey, we could do a group movie with all these characters… fancy that.

    Make it feel organic and accidental, and keep the focus on Superman. Because he’s the only logical choice to make the JL happen. In fact, you never have to call it “Justice League”. Just keep the focus on Superman, let him drive it.

    • Also, I’d say this proposal would eliminate the need for “origin” or “solo” films. In my opinion, most DC characters, other than Batman, need Superman to come alongside them and support them with his presence in order to get the moviegoers to give them a shot. So they have to play second fiddle to Superman. Even Batman. It has to be Superman, all the way.

  21. Billy Zane would make a great Lex Luthor!

  22. I have always felt they were going to slide in a MoS 2. And even though they have kept their cards close to their chest on this, there have been some early hints let out shortly after MoS screened.
    Hints like insiders saying things such as, people would be surprised to find out how far along we are in filming the sequel. The statements brought to mind the double release of Matrix 2 and 3 in the same year. Sure, Matrix – 2 & 3 got cranky reviews after they were released, but I didn’t hear any complaints out of matrix fans for the fast tracking. Just relief. In the case of a possible MoS2 fast tracking, and slide in, I don’t think anyone would mind, knowing b v s would be following and set up nicely by then. Truth is, a great deal of MoS 2 could have filmed while making MoS.

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