When Warner Bros. announced their massive slate of DC Comics movies back in October, some noticed that this schedule didn't include a sequel to 2013's Man of Steel. The studio has a rather full line-up between now and 2020, with the studio also reportedly making room for a stand alone Batman movie, which Ben Affleck will co-write, direct and star in. Over the weekend, a new report surfaced that Mad Max: Fury Road filmmaker George Miller is being sought to direct Man of Steel 2, but it seems that may not be the case. A new report from Den of Geek claims that Man of Steel 2 is on "permanent hold."
Warner Bros. is reportedly in talks with George Miller to take over one of its DC movies, but it hasn't been decided which project he will direct. This will all depend on which story George Miller responds to the most. While one source claimed that it's possible the filmmaker could take the reins on Man of Steel 2, another said the project is indefinitely on hold. It isn't known what that actually means. It's possible that this Man of Steel sequel could be completely scrapped, given how many other projects are in the studio's pipeline, or they could just be holding off until their current slate runs its course.
If the latter possibility is true, then we wouldn't get Man of Steel 2 until late 2020, at the earliest. Then again, Warner Bros. seems to be making room in their schedule for Ben Affleck's Batman movie, which has been rumored to even be part of a new trilogy. That has not been confirmed yet, but the studio executives were reportedly so impressed with his performance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, they wanted to lock him in for a new Batman trilogy. After Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the actor is reprising his role in Suicide Squad, before moving on to Justice League Part 1 (November 11, 2017) and Justice League Part 2 (June 14, 2019).
George Miller has certainly become a hot commodity in Hollywood after his blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road hit theaters this May, taking in $152.8 million domestic and $373.3 million worldwide. The filmmaker already has a script in place for the sequel, reportedly titled Mad Max: The Wasteland, which he worked on during the numerous production delays in Mad Max: Fury Road. No details were given for the story, and we're not sure when that will start shooting quite yet.
While this may be bad news for Man of Steel fans, the prospect of George Miller returning to the DC Universe is certainly exciting for many others. The filmmaker was set to make Justice League Mortal back in 2007, before the project was shut down due to the writers strike. That unproduced movie will be the subject of a documentary entitled Miller's Justice League Mortal, which still needs Warner Bros.' approval to use characters and images before moving forward. Would you like to see George Miller direct Man of Steel 2, or a different DC movie?