After the box office success of Mad Max: Fury Road, which earned $153 million domestic and $374.7 million worldwide, many fans are curious about what director George Miller will do next. Back in August, a rumor surfaced that George Miller was being eyed to direct Man of Steel 2 for Warner Bros., since the studio is so eager to work with the director again after Mad Max: Fury Road. While that report was never confirmed nor denied, George Miller himself said he was "in the mix" for that directorial gig. But now it isn't happening.
"There's been some of that in the mix, but I'd say that's probably not true."
A straight-up sequel to 2013's Man of Steel has never been officially confirmed by Warner Bros., with filmmaker Zack Snyder revealing that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is Man of Steel 2, "in a way." He did add that it would be "interesting" to see what another standalone Superman movie would entail. The original Man of Steel earned over $668 million at the box office, with stars Henry Cavill (Superman/Clark Kent), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) reprising their roles in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
George Miller did add in the same interview that he hopes his next movie is much smaller, without any special effects or stunts. The filmmaker is developing a Mad Max: Fury Road sequel, which has the working title Mad Max: The Wasteland, but it seems clear that he wants to tackle something much smaller in scale before returning to the violent world of Max Rockatansky. The filmmaker didn't specify whether or not he had a smaller project lined up yet, but hopefully we'll hear more about what he's doing next very soon.
After Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans have a slew of new DC movies to enjoy over the next few years. Just a few months after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016) hits theaters, followed by Wonder Woman (June 23, 2017), Justice League Part 1 (November 11, 2017), The Flash (March 23, 2018), Aquaman (July 27, 2018), Shazam! (April 5, 2019), Justice League Part 2 (June 14, 2019), Cyborg (April 3, 2020) and Green Lantern Corps. (June 19, 2020). A rumor surfaced in August that Warner Bros. is so happy with Ben Affleck's performance as Batman, that they want him to direct and star in a stand alone trilogy.
With such a massive slate of superhero movies on the horizon, even if Man of Steel 2 is being developed, it may not hit theaters until after this initial slate wraps up in 2020. Since George Miller isn't directing Man of Steel 2, who do you think should take the helm? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates on Man of Steel 2, and George Miller's next project.