As Superman fans everywhere wait with baited breath to see how well Man of Steel performs this coming weekend, it seems all but guaranteed – with trailers as action-packed and emotionally charged as this one – that we’ve avoided a Green Lantern-level disaster at the very least.

But regardless of the eventual outcome, it looks like Warner Bros. is supremely confident in the film’s prospects, as they’ve reportedly just fast-tracked production on Man of Steel 2 with Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer once again signed on as director and writer, respectively.

According to Deadline, Goyer’s deal is part of a three-picture writing deal that includes Man of Steel, Man of Steel 2, and the eventual Justice League – whether that’ll arrive in 2015 or later is yet unclear (but you can probably bet on later). MoS 2 will be the fifth DC movie – after Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy – that Goyer has worked on for Warner Bros.

Speaking of Nolan, Deadline indicates that he’ll almost certainly have some involvement in the sequel, but it’ll likely be much diminished from the role he had on Man of Steel, where he sort of co-authored the story and got all the pieces together before Zack Snyder came on board.

For fans looking forward to Man of Steel, this is all presumably good news. Of course, it raises a lot of questions with regard to the (undoubtedly) forthcoming shared DC Cinematic Universe. What does this mean about the rumored Batman/Superman film? Could Batman show up in the Man of Steel sequel – or, indeed, have a major role in it? And what does it mean for the Justice League film and its (not very likely) 2015 release date?

Zack Snyder has vaguely talked about being interested in directing Justice League if all goes well with Man of Steel. But does Warner Bros. want Snyder in that role? And if so, does that mean Warners plans to wait until after Man of Steel 2‘s release to start production on their big tent-pole team-up film?

Then there’s perhaps the most important question of all – with General Zod out of the way, which Superman villain (or villains) will we be seeing in the sequel? You can pretty much guarantee that Lex Luthor will pop up at some point, but considering he doesn’t punch very hard, a more melee-oriented antagonist might also be in order. Metallo? Bizarro? Parasite? Brainiac? Mongul? All of the above?

Which villain would you prefer to see, Screen Ranters? Drop us a line in the comments.

Man of Steel hits theaters June 14th, 2013. There’s currently no release date for Man of Steel 2.

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Source: Deadline