Jane Goldman has shed some light on the possibility of her filmmaking partner Matthew Vaughn directing Man of Steel 2 - although she's not sure if she'll be writing. We are now decades into a wildly successful cycle of superhero films and despite some bumps in the road, the genre seems to be stronger than ever. Warner Bros and DC Films in particular have a slew of new heroes waiting for their time in the spotlight, including Nightwing, Batgirl, and Gotham City Sirens. However, with all of that excitement to come, many moviegoers have been feverishly anticipating the return of one superhero in particular.
Superman has had a profitable, yet rocky road back to the big screen with his recent appearances in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. The latter film left one of the world's most famous heroes dead at the hands of the monstrous creature Doomsday. However, the character is set to make a triumphant return in Justice League this Fall and a second DCEU standalone is mooted, with Matthew Vaughn the most recent name attached.
Today, Screen Rant got the opportunity to sit down with screenwriter Jane Goldman as she promoted her upcoming film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle at this week's San Diego Comic-Con. At the convention, she was asked about the possibility of her working with Vaughn once again on the developing sequel to Man of Steel.
"I know Matthew's [Vaughn] a big Superman fan. Would I like to... I don't know. I mean I'm not sure. I think Matthew's looking at it from a directing point of view. I have no idea what's happening there."
She was then asked if she would take the opportunity to write the next Superman chapter:
"I'm not sure. There might already be a script for it. I think so... I'm not certain actually but it's complicated with a character with that kind of history. Obviously X-Men have an equally complicated [history]... but Superman feels a lot more recent. He's been brought to life in a new iteration - he means a lot to a lot of people and maybe there are other people with more a connection with Superman... but who knows."
Goldman and Vaughn have had a working relationship that spans a decade, collaborating on projects such as Kick Ass, Stardust, and X-Men: First Class, so they certainly have an affinity and understanding of the genre. The pair have only not worked together on a handful of occasions, which at the very least would suggest Goldman would be unlikely to write the film even if Vaughn is involved.
There have been a lot of rumors and speculation about the development of Man of Steel 2 in recent years. The reports have ranged from the introduction of Supergirl to The Rock making his debut as the villainous Black Adam. It's unclear how formalized these ideas are and if Vaughn is being offered a pre-written script or full freedom with a basic outline.
There is no release date for the sequel to Man of Steel, but we may hear something at Saturday's DC SDCC panel.
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019