Zack Snyder Talks ‘Man of Steel 2′; Hints at Lex Luthor and Kryptonite in the Future

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Zack Snyder, David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan’s take on the Superman mythos in Man of Steel has strongly divided people into love or hate categories, even by comic book movie standards. Regardless, the film has so far proven to be a large enough box office success – $408 million around the globe and counting – for Warner Bros. to get serious about planning out the future of the live-action DC movie-verse (beginning by taking greater financial control of its superhero franchises).

The debate rages on among fans, as for whether Justice League should come next or if additional individual JL team member vehicles are necessary first. Snyder, for his part, is looking ahead to Man of Steel 2 (at least that’s his official story…), and will soon sit down to discuss his plans in greater detail with studio heads.

Here is what Snyder offered Moviehole, when questioned about the rumors that he and Goyer already have a healthy chunk of the sequel planned out (including, who Kal-El’s next antagonist will be):

“I’m going to be a hundred percent honest with you, I haven’t yet gotten to speak to the studio about all these awesome details (because I’ve been overseas on the junket). So my hope is, when I get home I can sit down with everyone and it’ll be like ‘Okay, so what are we going to do?.. we need to do something…”

Snyder has, by this point, repeated over and over that Man of Steel opens the door for a Justice League crossover, and he once again confirmed as much in this new interview. However, right now, the director feels the important question that needs to be addressed in Man of Steel 2 isn’t necessarily “What’s going to happen, now that the world knows superheroes exist?” – rather, it’s “We almost destroyed the world last time, now what!?”

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One popular theory is that Man of Steel 2 will introduce the new Lex Luthor – whose eventual appearance was teased by the glimpses of a LexiCorp tower and trucks (one of many ‘Easter Eggs’ in the film) – as a Bill Gates-like billionaire, who helps to rebuild the destruction caused by Kal-El’s battle with General Zod and his forces. This would allow Lex to present himself as being a compassionate figure (in the public’s eye) and thus, plant the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about whether or not Kal-El really is humanity’s savior.

For the time being, Snyder is indicating that fans just need to be patient:

“[People have been like ‘there’s no kryptonite in the movie’ and ‘there’s no Lex Luthor in the movie’, and by no means am I saying those things don’t exist, I’m just saying he didn’t run into them here [this time].”

For my money, Man of Steel was fine without the use of Kryptonite as a plot device, considering just how much emotional baggage Kal-El had to lug around throughout that film. That material – a.k.a. ‘Superman’s One Weakness’ – can be abused as a narrative contrivance in the wrong hands, but it could be used to serve as an effective storytelling tool in the Man of Steel world (i.e. a symbolic remnant of Kal-El’s Kryptonian heritage that literally weakens him).

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Kryptonite can also help to level the playing field, so to speak, and would allow regular humans (such as Lex Luthor) to pose a legitimate threat to Kal-El. Indeed, fellow JL member Bruce Wayne/Batman has managed to go toe-to-toe with Superman in past comic book stories, through the use of weapons like Kryptonite bullets.

You can already see how an appearance by Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2 could even lead into a Batman/Superman team-up somewhere down the line. Kal-El find a way to keep Luthor in check, only to meet his match in a very different sort of billionaire… one who perceives him as being something of a hypocrite – considering how Kal-El lets his emotions get the best of him, with the cost of immense collateral damage – and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, in order to cut ‘the Man of Steel’ down to size (see: use Kryptonite)…

What are you hoping to see in Man of Steel 2? Let us know in the comments section!


Man of Steel is currently playing in theaters.

Source: Moviehole

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  1. I’m hoping Amy Adams speaks up if she is in it (what was up with that so low almost whisper way she was speaking. Annoying!). I also would like to see a Doomsday type scenario. I love the whole Superman dying thing. Doomsday was formidable. I also think Kryptonite should make it’s way into the movie. And while I enjoyed Smallville and the many extras from that show that made it into this movie, (didn’t even notice the Lexcorp sign until watching it a 2nd time on DVD), I think a newer Man of Steel 2 needs to step away from Smallville. I think they used some familiar faces as a bow to the series and it’s fans who no doubt made up a decent portion of the movie goers. But I appreciate the need for fresh faces when you are making a new movie. Using, Tom Welling, for example, wouldn’t have worked for me because he has his imprint on a Superman type character. Having seen Henry Cavill in the role, I also saw the need for someone younger and willing to bulk on the muscle more with the proper definition. So while I would like to see a Lex character, unless someone else can surpass Michael Rosenbaum, he was my favorite. Even Kevin Spacey failed to give off the level of evil that Michael brought to the role. And since I am a woman, bring on MORE romance between Lois and Superman. I like that she knows who he is and of course isn’t fooled by a pair of glasses. Her kissing Superman allows the world to see her as Superman’s girl, while she and Clark Kent are unromantic (but in this movie the joke is on everyone else because Lois is in on it from the start. so I like that twist and want to see more of it.

    Superman was not as dark as the Batman character, but I wasn’t sorry to see him break Zod’s neck. I think Superman saving bad’s people’s lives as the expense of everyone else (especially like in Smallville when he saves Lex constantly and Doomsday even, was like “enough!”. So when he had the choice of letting Zod live and they could have just continued to destroy buildings fighting, he did the one thing he had a choice to do in the instant. End Zod or risk millions of people dying at this hands. I want to see more of Superman willing to get his hands dirty fighting the good fight. It really ISN’T worth saving every scum life that passes you, Superman.

  2. I would like to see Superman visit more of his heritage and learn about who is as he adapts to now being Clark/Kal/Superman. I would introduce Brainiac and Luthor and then move forward with intriducing a few of the JL in part 2. Next film(3) I would definitely go above and beyond and do the real Darkside (not the one from smallville series). We don’t need a whole movie of JL. We are not there yet. There is no storyline for it. Just continue to tell his story.

  3. Anyone get the feeling that Snyder is getting on his knees here saying ‘don’t ruin my sequel, I’ll give you what you want, PLEASE!!!!!’

    So let’s deconstruct this shall we.
    We know that Batman is in MoS2.
    We know that Wonder Woman is in MoS2.
    There are rumours of Flash being in MoS2.
    These confirmed two of the trinity in JLA added to a Superman movie have to leave you asking, what kind of enemy would they put that it needs, Henry Cavill, Batman and Wonder Woman and a potential Flash.
    I have a theory.
    With General Zod travelling across the universe looking for Kryptonians and only finding death wherever he went, there are two possibilities for this.
    The version I think is funnier and fits the tone of the movie better, Kryptonians are just idiots who would walk off a cliff if there wasn’t ten signs saying there was a cliff ahead of them and a carefully marked path that moved them away, because they’d probably think a railing or barrier was just an inconvenience.
    Or they were all killed by a malevolent external force that saw the expanding Kryptonians colonies as a threat.

    Starro the Conqueror.

    Now before the geekgasm happens, take a step back and think.
    They had ‘Superman’ kill in his very first outing and they then had him flaunt the rules of the world like a God telling us ‘I’ll do what I want’.
    Please tell me you see the problem here.
    Starro is a Silver Age villain, complete with all the goofy things that were in the Silver Age. We know that ‘this franchise wants to make Superheroe’s more realistic’. Do we really need to see Starro looking more realistic, it’s a Giant Freaking Space Starfish!
    With a Bullseye for an eye!
    The goofiness is what is funny, it’s what we could be lulled into believing it’s not that big of a threat and bam! we have a world ending disaster coming.

    But then again, I could be looking to deeply into this, it could just be that Lex Luthor seeing Superman get’s all butt-hurt by not being the best and decides to take over the world.

  4. Bad idea I think introducing batman into it especially if it’s ben affleck he was crap as dare devil and will be an even worse batman. I think bringing a lex in is a good thing but maybe slowly so still have a dark enemy to fight like doomsday

  5. Doomsday… WAY TOO SOON. He should be the FINAL villain for Superman to deal with at the end of this story arc of the characters from the DC Universe. So, we’re looking at probably 2018 to 2020 before we see that, which is good because that just gives the CGI time to evolve and give us the Doomsday from the comics – a real beast of a killing machine.

  6. Just hearing rumors about Lex Luthor possibly coming into the Mans of Steel sequel and that Cranston or Washington could play him is really exciting! What Zack Snyder, David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan have done for Man of Steel is brilliant. They’ve made a great movie that fan and non fans of Superman could love and appreciate down to its tiniest of details.

    I would love to see Denzel Washington playing Lex Luthor’s role, but even if he doesn’t and or they decide to not include Lex in this one, I just can’t wait to see what they come up with.

    I was confident that Man of Steel would be a hit right when I heard that the three teamed up to make it, and I have no doubt that the sequel will be nothing short of breath-taking no matter how they decide to spin it around.

    Thank you Zack Snyder, David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, you’ve strengthened my love and hope for film after so many others had crushed it!

  7. Well, the kryptonite should be something technological like Bruce or Lex actually made something from the data that they got from dirt/soil/air pressure/another kryptonian things that make the environment around Superman like Krypton thus weakened him, or the whatever it is that Bruce or Lex make from the remaining of Krypton that was made by world engine was made like a stone so it can stab Superman, weakening him, etc. That’s more science like if they really want to make it more technological.

  8. I thought the MAN OF STEEL movie was really good id like to see super girl in the sequel too. If you remember there was an empty pod in the first one i’m thinking that was super girls, because in the comics she did arrive before superman did the only thing she was frozen, so that would be cool.

  9. Man of steel was amazing. Let the series run its course i hate jumping into jl. Marvel made all the avengers have their movies so fast that the could have been better before the avengers movie. Super man is super man. And i personally want to explore this world a bit longer since we have the tech today to make old franchises how they were ment to be seen.

  10. I don’t want batman in the superman movie. I just want to focus on superman. I like lex Luther but if he is going to be in the movie maybe add anther super villain to spice things up. Something like doomsday maybe. I just really don’t want batman to be in the movie that’s all.

  11. I would like to see the front part of his hair hanging in the form of an “S”. In MoS1 he didn’t have that.

  12. Please no more BATMAN…NO MORE BATMAN..!!! we have seen the last years more than 10 films with that character…and with different actors…it is so boring that bat freak stupid guy with his psychological problems… SUPERMAN is a GOD, how to compare a super hero with such divine powers, with a guy who only know to do karate tricks, and use some high tech gadgets…??? are you serious???.. In my opinion what it will be more interesting now, is to see how lex luthor rebuild metropolis, and maybe the arrival of an enemy equal to SUPERMAN like the terrible DOOMSDAY…

  13. I just want to say i love this movie the way it is! And on the second one just please use the same people! I can’t stand watching sequels where they have changed who played in the original… and i think the use of the atmosphere on the ship when it makes “superman” weak shows enough in this one as far as the weakness to his birthplace… just saying.. but also until reading this had no idea about the referrences to lex luthor at all!

  14. April 24, 2015
    I wish that Brainiac, Supergirl and the Bottled City of Kandonr within the Fortress of Solitude finally appears in Man of Steel 2. Never in any of all solo Superman live action movie ever that these three things had appeared on it and it’s gonna be the first in DC’s history of Superman movies.