Back in October, Warner Bros. unveiled their slate of DC Comics superhero movies, which didn't include a stand alone adventure for Superman starring Henry Cavill. The actor will reprise his role as the Man of Steel in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before appearing in Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2. But it isn't known if we'll ever get a stand alone Superman sequel with the actor in the lead. With the inclusion of Ben Affleck's Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, some fans are wondering how large a role Superman even has in this next DC outing. Henry Cavill tells Entertainment Weekly that the movie is not even a sequel to 2013's Man of Steel, something we've heard expressed many times before.
"As far as the individual character is concerned, this is not a Superman sequel. It's more of an introduction to Batman, an opening to Justice League, and an expansion of the world that was created in Man of Steel."
The Warner Bros./DC Comics slate is currently set through the year 2020, with the studio debuting two movies each year from 2016 to 2020. That doesn't leave a ton of room for additional entries. But Henry Cavill is confident that there is still plenty of time to make more Superman solo outings, which may happen, but only after this "expansive universe" comes together.
"There's plenty of time for individual Superman sequels. He's a tough character to tell. People like the darker vigilante. I think it speaks to the human psyche more easily rather than the god-like being that we can't really understand. Once we have a more expansive universe we can delve more into the character of Superman and hopefully tell more stories."
It isn't known if Warner Bros. is currently developing a true sequel to Man of Steel, or if director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer will even come back for a follow-up. Do you think Superman should get his own sequel between now and the year 2020? Or are you content with waiting until the DC movie universe unfolds over the next 5 years for a sequel. If a new Superman movie goes into production in the last half of this decade, with a 2021 release date set, Henry Cavill will still only be 37 years of age, not even close to Ben Affleck's current age of 42.