Russell Crowe Says Man of Steel Sequels Were Planned

Russell Crowe as Jor-El in Man of Steel

After the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, it certainly seems as though things have really picked up in the DC Extended Universe as a lot of a new superheroes and supervillains were introduced in Zack Snyder’s polarizing film to set the stage for future DC movies in a number of different ways. However, the mystery surrounding Man of Steel, and whether or not Henry Cavill would be starring in another solo movie as Superman, has remained murky at best much to the chagrin of a lot of DC fans.

Getting Man of Steel star Cavill to return for more films has not been the issue, as Cavill has expressed his willingness to work with Warner Bros. in making more Superman solo films.

Russell Crowe, who played Superman’s father Jor-El in Man of Steel, raised even more questions about the Man of Steel dilemma in a recent interview with Digital Spy. Crowe had this to say when he was asked about not being included in Batman V Superman:

"I think once they made the decision because originally -- I could be completely wrong -- there was a number of Superman movies. But I think they made the decision to jump past those and go to the idea of Batman and Superman in the same film. So, no, I didn't have any discussions about that."

Crowe’s answer on the issue isn’t a definitive one, as he makes it a point to stress that he could not have all the facts. Still, Crowe was seemingly originally under the impression that Warner Bros. would make more Superman films prior to a film like Batman V Superman.

Crowe’s understanding of the situation makes sense, though, as Man of Steel was a major starting point for the DC universe, so it wouldn’t have been surprising if the plan was to originally focus on building up Superman as a household name rather than expediting the process as fast as Warner Bros. ultimately elected to do. Still, it’s not guarantee Crowe would have appeared in future Superman films, so he may not really know what Warner Bros.' ultimate plan with the character really is going forward.

Crowe did a fine job as Jor-El in Man of Steel, so it certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea to consider bringing him back for future Superman films. Crowe gave the impression that he’d be open to returning to the franchise, and the Superman story in this DC Extended Universe is far from finished. Still, with Clark Kent's presence and storyline generally regarded as one of the weaker elements of Batman V Superman, it’s hard to imagine another Man of Steel film being thrown into the mix anytime soon.

Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.

Source: Digital Spy

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