Matthew Vaughn, director of X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service, confirms he has had discussions with Warner Bros. about the possibility of directing the in-development Man of Steel 2. Back in 2013, Henry Cavill's Last Son of Krypton introduced moviegoers to the DC Extended Universe with a divisive origin story that still proved to be financially successful. Superman continues to be a key part of the franchise, with appearances in last year's Batman V Superman and this year's Justice League. However, despite the original Man of Steel earning $668 million worldwide, a standalone sequel for the character has not been officially green lit yet. A script is said to be in the works, but little progress is being made.
During their Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this year, WB announced a full slate of new DC films coming through the pipeline, with Man of Steel 2 nowhere to be seen on the list. This was concerning for Superman fans, but given so much of the DCEU remains in a state of flux right now, it doesn't mean a Man of Steel followup is completely off the table. Just last year, it was revealed Vaughn was being considered to direct a sequel, and now the filmmaker has confirmed he's been in talks.
In an interview with Hey U Guys to promote this month's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Vaughn talked about future projects he could work on, which includes Kingsman 3. He also revealed Superman is still in his sights due to his admiration for the character:
"I am planning another Kingman, I’ve written the treatment and some of the scenes…I don’t know what I’m going to do next but I have had chats about Superman, I love Superman."
With all the DC projects WB is developing at this point in time (including Harley Quinn vs. The Joker), it's difficult to gauge how high up on the priority list Man of Steel 2 is. It's still nevertheless encouraging to see the studio hasn't completely forgotten one of their flagship characters. If they're taking meetings with a fan-favorite director like Vaughn, they would probably want to see a Superman sequel at some point in time. This could be a matter of waiting for the right pitch. After all, Batgirl wasn't going to happen until Joss Whedon expressed his interest, so WB may not want to commit until they hear an idea they like. Vaughn would certainly be an interesting fit in the DCEU, since he's known for crafting fun and exciting comic book adaptations that potentially can turn genre conventions on their head. He's demonstrated a deftness for designing set pieces in particular, so it'd be thrilling to see what he could come up with when he has Superman to work with.
However, as great as it is Vaughn has had "chats," he may have to wait a while before getting to play in this sandbox. WB/DC is currently keen on releasing no more than two films per year, and already have Shazam and Wonder Woman 2 lined up for 2019, with various question marks after that. Hopefully, fans get some clarity on the situation soon, including whether or not a Man of Steel 2 will see the light of day.
Source: Hey U Guys
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