While we've heard plenty of rumors that Ben Affleck is directing, co-writing and starring in an Untitled Batman Reboot trilogy, that will supposedly kick off before the end of this decade, we haven't heard anything about a second standalone Superman movie. That all changes today, though, in a big way. A new rumor has surfaced about Man of Steel 2. It looks like Warner Bros. has already decided on a director, and you're going to love the choice.
George Miller, who created the Mad Max franchise and returned to direct this past summer's well-received Mad Max: Fury Road is supposedly set to direct Man of Steel 2. The news broke on the latest episode of Popcorn Talk, and comes from a pretty reliable source. Director Jon Schnepp was promoting his documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? when he let it slip. He's had inside access to Warner Bros. and DC Comics in putting together his own movie about the failed Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage superhero adventure.
Warner Bros. is reportedly so happy with the success of Mad Max: Fury Road, that they have decided to reward George Miller with the job of directing Man of Steel 2. Anyone familiar with the director's history will know that he already walked down this road once, and like Tim Burton, he, too, has a failed DC Comics superhero movie under his belt. Way back in 2007, he was all set to direct Justice League Mortal, which had a release date of 2009. The cast was gathered, and shooting was set to begin, but it soon fell apart due to the writers' strike and other issues. The whole ordeal is set to be choncirled in the impending documentary Miller's Justice League Mortal. But that film is awaiting approval from Warner Bros. and DC.
Jon Schnepp was pretty confident in his claims that George Miller is directing the Superman sequel Man of Steel 2. This shouldn't be viewed as an official confirmation though, and the studios have yet to weigh in. Man of Steel was originally directed by Zack Snyder. He was all set to direct Man of Steel 2 for release in 2015, but those plans changed as the sequel morphed into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hits theaters spring 2016. Zack Snyder will then direct Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2, which, as you can see, doesn't leave a whole lot of time for a Superman solo sequel.
At this time, Warner Bros. has not issued any official statement on what it plans to do with their standalone Batman and Superman franchises, though both characters are set to return in Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2. It isn't known how their stories will splinter off. For the time being, the entire plot for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hasn't even been revealed. It's hard to know where Superman's story could go from here.
We have the video where Jon Schnepp makes his comments. They come in around the 55:30 mark, so you have to wade through a lot of nonsense to get there. What do you think about this news? Is Warner Bros. and DC really planning to give us solo Superman and Batman movies before 2020? Will George Miller direct Man of Steel 2? Would you rather see a follow-up to Mad Max: Fury Road? Let us know what you think?