‘Man of Steel 2′ Fast-Tracked with Zack Snyder & David S. Goyer Attached

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Man of Steel 2 Coming with Zack Snyder and David Goyer Man of Steel 2 Fast Tracked with Zack Snyder & David S. Goyer Attached

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.

Henry Cavill as Superman Man of Steel 2 Fast Tracked with Zack Snyder & David S. Goyer Attached

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?

Supermans Rogue Gallery Man of Steel 2 Fast Tracked with Zack Snyder & David S. Goyer Attached

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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  1. I believe Metallo, Braniac along w/Lex Luthor or even Mongul (if they decide to make a Superman with space travel involved to another planet instead of the boring Metropolis restriction), could be great. Metallo is powerful by himself but most likely need someone pulling his strings, which would then bring in Lex Luthor once again. Braniac doesn’t need Lex, but I’ve always liked the combo between them both and would showcase Superman’s (more analytical and strategic traits) rather than simply Power(overall) and Laser Beams. Mongul is also a beast by himself, but for a movie, he may need an army to truly be worthy of the lead villain role.

    • the sequel will be called son of krypton apparently so maybe it set there

      • Really? I heard it was gonna be called Man of Tomorrow…

  2. I would like to see Lex Luther & Brainiac in MOS (Part 2), while they get Superman’s cousin being introduced and she’s first… I think MAN OF STEEL (Part 2) shall be titled MAN OF TOMORROW or THE LAST SON OF KRYPTON.
    Cause, I like to see the city Kandor where Brainiac took advantage of Krypton’s last civilization into space. He comes to earth and did the same thing like he did on Krypton. Kara and her family of Argo City survive 10 years later before Krypton was destroyed, and she saw what happened to the Kandorians.

    • Whats wrong with “The Man of Steel Rises”?

      • Too similar to Dark Knight Rises. And Man of Tomorrow is just sooooo much better.

      • lol….

      • It can get Zack Snyder confusing, the idea from Christopher Nolan needs to back off.

  3. I would love to see the Eradicator on any of its forms or all of them, I mean having Clark turning to the last son of krypton or fighting the eradicatot.

  4. I do not think Lex Luther should be in this trilogy.

    Braniac must get his BIG screen “Superman” moment.

    • Thank You! lex has been in every superman movie in some form or another… except for three I think. So many great DC villains…

  5. MoS 2 will include Lex, no doubt. Hopefully they will remember that Lex is a good guy… Or at least would be, if that pesky Kal-El hadn’t come along… I don’t really care about the villain in 2, because it’s really just buildup and emotional investment. THEN. We start to see some forming of the Justice League, maybe facing off against Brainiac or Darkseid. During all this time we will get to know the characters (and see how strong they are together), then some more solo films… And then BAM! Justice League 2! Doomsday wrecks s***!

  6. since we havent seen the comicbook version of lex as of yet i think he more then welcome in this hopeful snyder-verse, but i been wanting to see brainiac,parasite,metallo,hank henshaw,the eradicator,lobo,bizarro,mungal,darkseid and then doomsday make its way into the snyder-verse/justice league.

  7. I’m counting down the days to the movie, not worried about it flopping or anything, everybody i talk to(thats interested in this stuff) are going. 500 million at least. fingers crossed!

  8. I’d like to see the Eradicator to appear in the sequel to the Man of Steel.

  9. Frankly, another filmmaker’s involvement in developing Justice League would expedite the production, if everyone just let go of this god-like reference for one or two directors as being the only ones capable of helming such a movie enterprise.

    It plays like superstition unable to get beyond itself.

  10. Just curious on RT there are 2 reviews that give it a B- and one that gives it a C+ and they are considered rotten. anyone know how that works?

    • Rotten Tomatoes is not accurate and really should not be the only deciding factor someone makes in going to see a movie. The whole rotten or fresh thing is really just a cute gimmick and the fact is some films are just in the middle, or ripe.

  11. How can MoS be rated below Superman Returns on RT?

    70%, and dropping, really?

    Please don’t tell me this is going to be bad.

    • I have a theory, i call it the Iron Man 3 theory. Iron man 3 started out with tremendous reviews correct? anywhere from 90-100% from the forign critics. Once it reached the U.S The reviews plummeted to the 77% or w/e it is. Man Of Steel has yet to get any forign critics which are far more lenient than american critics. I think it will be up atleast in the high 70%’s by friday. Atleast I hope.

      • @Trey.

        Superman Started in the United States.

        As I stated way back.

        Superman beliefs are not shared with every country in the World. Countries where they see Superman as a merely an American thing can hurt it. Now if it is at 70% based on US Debut.

        Maybe England and Australia. The Retelling for Nth time. Like me, there are many others who do not like the New 52 Take on Superman,and may correlate Man of Steel with that one.

    • It’s simple Tony. Critics are like politicians: they will say anything to get your attention. Especially the ones that have the first say. The “negatives” I’ve read are that the movie is too serious and there is too much action.

      So the negative reviews are telling me this is a serious Superman movie that has too much action?

      I couldn’t possibly be more excited.

      And yeah, the RT thing… give it a week.

      • I’ve read the negative RT reviews as well, and it seems they were expecting a funny, light Superman flick. They call the movie: “S for Serious, not Superman”, and “Humorless”, and “the action doesn’t stop”.


        A serious Superman movie with no cheap lines and non-stop action is EXACTLY what I’ve been waiting for.

    • I noticed that too.
      At first right after watched the film everyone in my theater in Miami loved it and the first reviews had the film at 90%.
      I however agree that some of the more negative remarks about the film is the switched between the serious emotional story to the constantly raising scale action spectacle Snyder promised.

      While I agree some of that was jarring at first, with some editing and pacing toward the beginning making feel the story “chopped” as some scenes seemed intended to go longer and with more detail, the story is ultimately an action spectacle first contact/invasion story where the protagonist is trying to earn his place in public among the humans.

      I felt some of the character exploration could be stronger in depth, but the film does a decent job with much of allegorical subtext and reverance to the pop culture iconography of the character ***read: the filmmakers play with what you know about Superman while still not boring you with details that should be quite well known due to the legacy of the character and past films***. It is similar to the effectiveness of Batman Begins in which the first half of the film covers in a quick pace all the context of what makes the character the costumed identity later on and the mythology and psychology of the character, while the latter half then engages the audience with action spectacle or the character’s overall mission.

      It pretty much reach the standard of Begins while I say this film has an advantage in the second half which is where the essence of the story lies where Begins is more successful at hitting the details. Snyder at one point teases enough twist to the mythology but relies on the audience 75 years worth of awareness to jump into the heart of the epic popcorn blockbuster people expect from a Superman film.

      Hence, I say any negative or qualms I had at the beginning were put to rest once the film went where it needed to go. The film has incredible action-scale that will set a standard in films in the genre. The acting is phenomenal but remember this is Kal-El/Superman story, not about Clark Kent and Lois Lane, or other characters. They serve their roles and arcs and the actors – most being Oscars nominees and winners- carry themselves naturally and effectively. The effects are good and the music is stirring.

      The rating will surely go up after the first wave of “negatives” are done and dealt with. Most critics are fully aware what the film and filmmakers strive to do and are going to welcome it. It is not perfect but the film is good and great sign for the future of DC films.

      However, I will give a better and hopefully more objective opinion after my second viewing.

  12. Seeing Man of Steel’s current result in RT makes me wondering once again about Zack Snyder’s gift (curse?) to create polarizing works. Half reviewers praised his movies to seventh heaven while the rest treated them like the most unsightly worms under the earth. His only film everyone agreed to be sucked is Sucker Punch, and even it has its unique charm (I don’t like it, though).

    However, I’m still positive about Man of Steel. The Avengers and TDKR received close to 300 reviews during their runs in theater, and MoS’ reviews is still very far from that number. Anything can happen until then.

    • @ Marl, Dr. M and Trey

      I realize all the reviews aren’t in yet, but I’ve read most of them that are, and Marl’s right, they are split right down the middle for good and bad. Either they really like it, or they just cut it to pieces. The review from Forbes is one of the most cutting reviews I’ve ever read. The Chicago Tribune was pretty bruta as welll. Both these guys are pretty widly respected.



      I guess it’s a split decision thus far, but I’m going with Trey’s theory because I want that one to be right.

      • Yeah they both ripped em apart lol but what i dont understand is forbes comment “man of steel to superman returns is the incredible hulk to hulk” dont we all agree TIH is far supperior?

        • yes and reading you quote from Forbes so do they.

          MoS is to SR what TIH is to Hulk.

          A faster paced, more action oriented and superior film compaired to it’s predecessor

        • Man of Steel vs Superman Returns.

          Action replaced Story.
          Special Effect CGI filled vs Back Story.

          Same with The Incredible Hulk vs Hulk.

          More Action vs More character development, back story and a Hulk that made no sense.

          Action, does not always equate with good story.

          • I believe in the case of TIH and MoS, Action enhanced the Story.

          • The action is not replacing the story but rather an extension of the characters and the story.

            The story for Man of Steel is much more interesting than the one provided in Superman Returns- more compelling and the action flows out organically and fit within the context.

            Snyder and Goyer (maybe Nolan) found the right balance of honoring the legacy of 75 years worth of story-telling without boring the audience with constant revisiting of told and frankly well-known elements of the character a la Superman Returns. Rather, Snyder and Co. realize that the audience know the origin and thus only present details of updated, changed “twist” of the character and the supporting characters. While I commented on the some of the editing or pacing, I believed Snyder did a great job with the reboot of visiting solely the new and not repeat past material heavily.

            As I said the action is bigger and relentless. Frankly, the film needed it to balance out the plot heavier, emotional moments of the first half. It is not random and while it can go on for a while more than necessary, the film builds up to that point. The action supplements emotions and character interaction, specifically Superman and Zod. Not replace. The film is an invasion storyline, and the consequence of actions- so yes the scale is huge. The reboot demanded such scale.

            The film is ambitious certainly. It has multiple goals, and much riding on the success of the film, thus critics and fans will be tougher on it than similar but weaker films. The film is spectacular. It is not without flaws, but it is one of the best films of the summer, and perhaps the year.

            Happy Birthday to the Man of Steel!

          • That thing called “Superman Returns” is called STORY? Wow.

            I love movies with great stories, but even if Man of Steel is just style over substance, Superman Returns didn’t have style OR substance.

      • The guy who wrote the Forbes article is not to be taken too seriously. I’ve read several of his reviews and have

        • …and have concluded that he goes into theaters with a predisposed bias against the movie, especially if it’s a blockbuster, or the first in a franchise adapted from another art form (which Man of Steel is). Look at his other reviews for confirmation…for one thing, he hated the Hunger Games film. He goes in intending to write a scathing review, and looks for obscure things to dissuade him and make him positive. My best advice is to ignore his review and (if you want) go see the movie with an open mind, not on one side or the other. Let the art speak for itself, if it’s good enough. (note I don’t dislike negative reviews, but only believe it’s unhelpful when the reviewer makes his decision before watching)

          • Thank you for advising us to go see a movie with an open mind..Wait. By that statement, you are trying to persuade others to believe with an open mind.

            Sorry, I am a fan of Superman, I will view it as a fan, not open or closed minded.

          • A reviewer can’t go into a movie with negative feelings because it is a blockbuster if it just came out. A movie is not a blockbuster until it actually makes a lot of money. Highly hyped movies may rub some people the wrong way though and skew their view. Movie reviewers are just people though, and the only reason to listen to them is if someone has no friends or family to ask about how entertaining a movie might be.

        • And your authority and skill set allows us to believe you how?

  13. Sure, I’m hoping MoS does well, but they really shouldn’t count their chickens before they’re hatched.

  14. Here’s one out of left field that no one would see coming: How about Supes in a battle against some nasty villain, and suddenly “back from the future”: in pops Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and a couple other members of the Legion of Super-Heroes (well, maybe their grown-up incarnations) to give Supes a helping hand, to save the future just when it looks like Supes is going to lose a big one? Whoa, look what I did–suggested yet another potential big franchise to help DC/Warner out!






    • only this time we will see an edgy and darker Lex Luthor also there has to be an enforcer in the picture ether Metallo or Doomsday will be in it

  16. So everyone seems to be clamoring for Brainiac being the next villain but my question to all is……which one?

    Do we go with the original, green humanoid collector from Colu? or do we go with the alternate re-imagining which had him be a supercomputer from Krypton? OR the new 52 caterpillar boy?

    • I have to agree with introducing lex, but the manipulative scheming mastermind that he is from the comics, let him be known as the good guy who runs for president while secretly in bed with cadnis trying to figure out how to meet the kryptonian threat that has arisen. If he’s in part 2 it has to be bizzarro or metallo that lex uses against superman.
      As for brainiac I always like how lex and brainiac try to out think eachother to eventually stab each other in the back, I feel they should go with the whole robotic brainiac from the animated series superman where he was the super computer from krypton… but I think brainiac should be left for a part 3 and leave doomsday or darkseid for justice leage or a superman 4

  17. You could bring in Darkseid or Doomsday. Of you are lokning for a brite force opponent. Aldi you could get Lex on and maybe not make him super relevant, maybe tangle with some kryptonite and then in MoS3 throw him in wearing his armored suit powered by kryptonite.

  18. So I got to see it. Man of Steel was a loud, hot mess of a film. Lots of plot holes and inconsistencies. The plot was a real hack job. A little bit of Star Trek. A little bit of Halo (Yes! Halo). A little bit of War of the Worlds. A little bit of Prometheus. A little bit of Thor. Just a wee bit of Superman and there you have it. The action was very difficult to see thanks to the poor handheld cameras.

    • I may not be a certified expert on the matter since my only experience with these creatures stems from that double episode on “Merlin” where one of them seduced Uther and almost became queen, but … does anyone else get a whiff of troll?

      • Unfortunately not, it’s just an opinion.

        An opinion based upon viewing the film and providing reasons for that opinion.

        Troll’s bless them just bellow incoherently without providing rhyme or reason…..

        Or intelligence for that matter. lol

    • I saw the film too and do not agree with your assessment. But I will let it be…

    • Name a plot hole in this movie.

  19. jor-el is badass

  20. DOOMSDAY!!!!

  21. Don’t hold your breath for a end credit scene. :(

  22. Before I sleep my review for MOS. Warning! Spoilers abound! Actually this is a list of Likes and Dislikes: First the DISLIKES…
    1. Why kill Zod? His first appearance and he shows this dark side already?
    2. He couldn’t save his foster father Jonatha Kent from a Tornado coz he says so? WTF! I’d saved him in a heartbeat! What’s he gonna do spank me? I wish he’d still die of a heart attack. The line “all these powers, and I couldn’t even save him” is much more meaningful.
    3. Amy Adams aka Lois Lane isn’t as bad ass as she was supposed to be in the comics. She screams a lot like a damsel in distress. She supposed to be tough as nails. But if that’s what Goyer wants, so be it (I like Amy Adams though..she’s a great actress!).
    4. Should at least include or re-mixed Willams’ Score.
    5. Kryptonians have launched thousands of TERRA-FORMING ships! So there’s a possibility that there are other KRYPTONIANS living. So he’s not the last son of Krypton after all. The one terra-forming ship found on Earth is actually KARA ZOR-EL’s ship (from the Comic Prequel)…yep SUPERGIRL!
    6. I miss the Mild-Mannered geekiness of Clark Kent when he got to the Daily Planet…it’s so bloody obvious that he’s SUPERMAN in that attire! Sorry, Christopher Reeves is still the king when it comes to playing poor ol’ Clark Kent. There’s room for improvement though for the sequel. We’ll see. A tribute to CR would also been appropriate at the end credits.
    7. The younger CLARK is so EMO. That is LEX LUTHOR’S role. But can’t blame him though coz he’s just developing his powers…so you might scratch this one out also.
    8. Maybe it’s a Marvel thingie, but there is no Post End Credits Scene. I heard they (Snyder/ Nolan/ Goyer) has the green light for JUSTICE LEAGUE, so it wouldve been good to see some hints for it. Nah….you can count this out too. It’s too MARVELY.
    Now for the LIKES!
    1. More emphasis on the planet KRYPTON, and how they termed “Used up all the Natural Resources” as a sign that the PLANET is doomed. Is like a warning sign to us all.
    2. Hearing CHRIS CORNELL’S song “SEASON” play is just mind boggling! Just shows GRUNGE ain’t dead and will be immortalized in this movie. I wish they’d use more good indie/ underground songs in the future (OSTs sales are good, lookit TWILIGHT).
    3.Larry Fishburne is great as PERRY WHITE, I miss the line “Don’t call me Chief” though.
    4.The “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” scene is terrifying! Aliens have landed indeed.
    5. CLARK KENT confesses to a Priest. And the priest told him”For them to TRUST you, you must also make a Leap of Faith”. Just shows SUPERMAN also believes in a higher power. ; )
    6. Faora is one cold-hearted biatch!!!! I LOVE IT!
    7. Faster than a speeding bullet, check! More powerful than a locomotive…check! Able to leap tall buildings in single bound…ch3ck!
    8. Saw 3 LEXCORP signs. 2 from trailer trucks, 1 from a building. Of things to come. He’ll be watching from the sidelines this time though.

    All in all a worthy re-telling of the most beloved CHARACTER in COMICDOM. Congratulations to SNYDER and team! Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster would’ve been proud.

    On a side note. I can’t help noticing Henry Cavill’s CHEST HAIR bulging out on the uniform. Too manly. Is it the HD? I wonder what those folks in 3D glasses has to say about it? Ahihihihi!

  23. CHECK out this Zod poster I made two days to the premier of MOS check the link,


    Lets see how it all goes down on the 14th

  24. Olivia Wilde,Mila Kunis & Kristen Stewart were some of The Actresses That Auditioned for The Lois Lane Part in MAN OF STEEL, i am GLAD Amy Adams got The Role, Amy Adams is 38 years old but she looks 27 or 28…Also i DON’T know in what World Brandon Routh looks more like SuperMan than Henry Cavill, Henry is PERFECT for That Role, Brandon DOESN’T look like SuperMan and Does NOT have Blue Eyes neither…….

    MAN OF STEEL will make Over 1 BiLLiON Dollars Worldwide,Henry Cavill is a Good Actor & Multi-Oscar-Nominated: Amy Adams is Beautiful Plus

    Multi-Oscar-Nominated: C-NOLAN is The Writer & Producer, The

    New Suit Looks Great & Better than The Old Light Blue Suit
    that Looked Like a SMURF & with The OutSide UnderWear that was NOT Good, MAN OF STEEL will be in Theaters in 2D, 3D, IMAX & IMAX 3D,i’m Going To See it in 3D

    Read more: http://entertainment.time.com/2013/06/12/man-of-steel-super-man-or-human-god/#ixzz2W56Nmkdh

  25. I hate it when the fate of these comicbook movies or for any movie for that matter is hinged or is dependent largely on what critics rate on ROTTEN TOMATOES OR METACRITIC websites. Did God appoint them to be the be-all end-all judges for all movies? Man of Steel now sits at 62% approval rating. For most movie-savvy people basing their choices in watching movies on these critics websites, I think that robs you the joy of watching a movie. I really think so.

    • Now at 58% and officially in the “rotten” range.
      And it’s not about a few select people but when 200 plus critics agree on something, chances are there’s a good reason for it,

      • Superman Returns is 75% on RT… so it can’t be totally accurate.

        MOS should do well, regardless of the Internet.

    • People swear by that site when a movie they like gets a high rating and cry foul when things go the other way. It’s the nature of the internet and people have given that site too much power one way or another. If someone has no friends or family to ask about movies they will go by the highly uneven system of Rotten Tomatoes or the opinions of someone they don’t know.

  26. The MOS sequel should bring Doomsday to life. Granted I don’t like the idea of Supes dying but it could be one of the big screens greatest battles ever. Imagine the fight taking place around the entire planet. The possible visuals are endless. BYE BYE Hymalayas !!!!!!!

  27. Sincerely I’m not finding this funny, 21 million dollars for Thursday and midnight screening is nothing to write home about, at least not for a movie of this magnitude, and now Rotten tomatoes and Metacritic Just had to make it worse, what is it with these reviews, and why the hell do these sites have all the say.

  28. Here’s my only thing. I don’t like how WB and DC are going about this. Now I’m not a Marvel fanboy or anything but the one thing that they should try to copy from Marvel’s vision is to get somebody to shepard this entire thing, like Feige. I do believe that they can do a Justice League movie before doing any other stand alone films but they need to do it in a way that gives plenty of room for those standalones as they would be in retrospective to JL. My problem with the last two DC films (man of steel and Dark Knight rises) is that though the same team has worked on both of them to bring a similr tone to both films (ie. realistic, or gritty) for some reason they keep insisting on the two films having on continuity between them and involving a Justice League. This makes it difficult to reboot batman as he would have to fit into the dark, realistic world of Superman, which while different, still has a similar tone to the previous batman.

  29. How about a movie finally showing Superman fighting Doomsday? We have all seen Lex. Go in a different direction. The smallville series depicted a great doomsday monster. How sbout giving that a look.