With DC Comics slowly finding its mojo in a battle against Marvel to be crowned box office champ, Warner Bros. appears to firing up its superhero machine on all cylinders. With anticipation for Wonder Woman and Justice League at a near fever pitch, the studio is doing everything they can to create a cohesive world that moviegoers will care about. Also factor in the stand-alone Batman film that Ben Affleck is putting together (and his role in Justice League) and it sure seems like he is the glue holding all of this together.

And this is as it should be. However, Superman is still a very big deal, and with Man of Steel 2 now in the development stage, lets not let Henry Cavill and Co. get lost in the shuffle. As Warner Bros. finds their way within this cinematic universe, it would be hard not to imagine a sequel that bests the original Man of Steel. Especially if recent rumors that J.J. Abrams may direct.

Even with a great director at the helm, the thing that will make this sequel stand out is the storyline and its villain. So, who is going to be Superman's nemesis? One thing Batman V. Superman sort of dropped the ball on was the entity that these giants were battling. As epic of a thing as it was to have Batman and Superman get together on the big screen, Doomsday just didn't seem to match the gravity of that event. Call it the execution, blame it on the writing, but when people compare your "bad guy" to a piece of crap (literally, feces) you've done something wrong.

So who will this new baddie be? This is a choice that DC doesn't want to make lightly. They need a bad guy that is going to grip the imagination. Even more than that, they need an actor that is up to the task. We've seen the Joker done and redone and, no offense to Jared Leto, for now that character should be left alone.

The good news is that the Man of Steel has no shortage of enemies. There is such a plethora of unhappy super villains roaming the DC universe,  Warner Bros. could seriously consider putting a few of them in this new Superman film. So sit back and enjoy as we breakdown '9 Villains Who Could Be In Man of Steel 2'.

Brianiac

Brianiac

Apparently, this thorn on Superman's side is at the top of the list of the villains being discussed to appear in Man of Steel 2. Brainiac's ability to produce "kryptonian superpowers" are the the kind of thing that will give Superman a lot of problems. The fact that he's smarter than most of the baddies on this list will certainly help him. Another factor that could make him a "the man" in Man of Steel 2, is the fact that much of his strength and power has to do with energy. From a purely cinematic standpoint this could almost completely neutralize Superman, while at the same time giving viewers the kind of motion picture spectacle they've come to expect from these films. Factor in his ability to fly and it's almost like Superman is taking on a mostly indestructible version of himself!

Mongul

Mongul

The fact that there is a younger and a senior version of Mongul, and that he has a personal history with Superman, makes the idea of bringing this character to the big screen very exciting. The interesting part about Mongul is that he can match Superman in strength, speed, stamina, etc. His son possesses these attributes but (and this is where the personal connection comes in) at one point he and Superman seemed to work side by side. In fact, according to comic book lore the Son of Mongul apparently trained Superman to battle Imperiux. Now, Mongul's inclusion as a villain in DC's cinematic universe is entirely contingent on where DC decides to go regarding the comic book time line. (As you may recall, the Batman V. Superman seemed to suggest a world where a graying Batman had already been through a long history of fighting crime.) However, the thing that really makes Mongul intriguing is how he seems to be a part of Superman's story. They have a bond and, if you recall Batman V. Superman, a bond with the Super one can literally be the difference between life and death.

Darkseid

Darkseid

This character's arrival was really hinted at in Batman v. Superman. However, the hint was in a dream sequence with Batman and not Superman. However, since these are films in a "shared universe." Would it be so hard to imagine Darkseid as the villain and Superman, Batman and the rest of the Justice League teaming up to defeat him? I realize this probably isn't going to happen. Not in Man of Steel 2 anyway. Darkseid, with immortality (among other things on his side), is too major of a villain to just share the screen, or appear at the end of Man of Steel 2 as a lead in to the Justice League movie. All that said, this villain is going to be a very tall order for DC to pull off. However, if they can, Darkseid's presence could really be the boon that the DC Comics franchise needs.