While fans of DC Comics are excited to see the DC Extended Universe start to unfold on the big screen (with the releases of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad in 2016), there’s been notable cost of introducing a new Batman, movie versions of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and other Justice League members – not to mention, an entire lineup of villains, including a new Joker. With so many big DC characters about to hit the screen, the Man of Steel who kicked the DCEU off has taken something of a backseat.
The full lineup of DC movies for the next few years shows plenty of solo film adventures and some bigger team events, but Superman himself isn’t scheduled to return to the screen for a solo film until around 2020. That has left some fans feeling that Superman isn’t getting just consideration when it comes to (re)-establishing his clout as a franchise headliner; though the other half of fans, who weren’t so impressed with Snyder’s Man of Steel reboot film are just fine with that.
However, if a new rumor proves true, than the fanbase may find reason to unite in excitement about the prospect of Man of Steel 2.
DC Movie News dropped the following rumor, as told by guest star John Schnepp:
George Miller, he’s doing Man of Steel 2……Obviously Zack Snyder is doing Justice League 1 and 2, we already got James Wan doing Aquaman – Waterman I think they should change the title– but yeah I think George Miller is a perfect choice to do Man of Steel 2, he’s going to bring so much to it.
So far, we’ve confirmed that the following directors are attached to upcoming DC movies:
- Zack Snyder – Justice League 1 & 2 – November 17, 2017 & June 14, 2019.
- James Wan (Furious 7) – Aquaman – July 27th, 2018.
- Patty Jenkins (Monster) – Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017.
- Ben Affleck – Batman solo film – Release date TBD
That’s a high caliber of talent – with most of them not-so-coincidentally being former “hit makers” for Warner Bros. With the success of Mad Max: Fury Road, Miller certainly falls into that same camp, so this isn’t the most impossible rumor that has ever been floated across the Internet. The question is, though: what can Miller bring to the table?
It’s evidently something, as Warner Bros. believed enough in the Australian director to put him in charge of a Justice League movie, Justice League: Mortal back in 2007 – a project which infamously fell apart in the early stages of production, after all the casting and pre-production had been done. The possibilities of what Miller would’ve done with that film have been discussed ever since, and have even become the subject of an upcoming Justice League: Mortal documentary.
With that kind of intrigue behind a stalled project, and arguably the greatest film quadrilogy of all under his belt (the Mad Max series), Miller definitely could be the type of visionary director needed for a Superman movie. On the Screen Rant Underground Podcast (R.I.P.) we recently discussed the prospect of Superman onscreen. There I maintained that the key is not necessarily capturing those “in flight” close-up visuals as directors like Snyder and Byran Singer have done in 21st Century Superman movies; the key (in my opinion) is getting a director who understands how to convey the visual awe of Superman in visual concept and iconography, rather than attempts at “realism.”
For all the “first flight” and “plane catch” sequences in the most recent films, the most enduring visuals from Superman cinema are more wide shot concepts like Superman turning back time by flying around the Earth, or Superman hovering above the planet before zooming down toward it. With Mad Max: Fury Road, Miller illustrated a keen and refined sense of how to tell story and convey both action, character and deep emotion all through visual iconography alone. So if the goal is truly to create a Superman movie that helps to sell the noble, god-like hero’s values and power in a way that’s resonant with more viewers, Miller is a good choice.
Right now plans for another Mad Max sequel are unclear (a working title, Wasteland is about all we have), and since the film would be developed at Warner Bros. anyway, there’s plenty of real opportunity for the filmmaker to take on the Superman challenge. We’ll see.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on 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 Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman Solo Films will be coming at dates TBD.
Source: DC Movie News