Henry Cavill is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of DCEU’s Superman despite Warner Bros. currently having no plans for Man of Steel 2.
There are currently no plans for Man of Steel 2. Warner Bros.’ superhero franchise was kicked off in 2013 via Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel which debuted Henry Cavill as the DCEU’s iteration of Superman/Clark Kent. Seven years and a whole lot of changes to the franchise after, a sequel continues to be in limbo with the studio reportedly not interested in developing a follow-up.
While Man of Steel was a financial success for Warner Bros., grossing more than $668 million worldwide against a budget of just $225 million, it was met with mixed reviews. Snyder’s film was lauded for its stunning visuals, as well as Hans Zimmer’s fantastic score. Some, however, didn’t like some of the director’s narrative issues which supposedly resulted in the lack of character development for the titular hero. Nonetheless, those who were fans of the original film continues to hope that a sequel is eventually coming.
Unfortunately, the wait might be a little while longer for them as a new report from Deadline claims that Warner Bros. doesn’t have any plans for a Man of Steel 2. This is despite the studio restarting contract renegotiations with Cavill to reprise his role as Superman in the DCEU.
Back in March, Amy Adams, who played Lois Lane opposite Cavill’s Superman shared that Warner Bros. is working away from the iteration of the character. This dampened people’s spirits regarding the possibility of seeing a Man of Steel 2. After Justice League, Cavill’s stint as the DC iconic hero has been in limbo with no confirmed appearance in the DCEU despite the franchise regularly updating their slate of movies. Then, news broke that Cavill was out of the DCEU after his camp and Warner Bros. reportedly failed to renegotiate terms of a new contract – but both camps denied it. As of last year, Cavill insists he’s still the DCEU’s Superman and with the supposed ongoing renegotiations, fans can finally see him reprise the role on the big screen again – just not in his own movie.
This latest bit of news about Man of Steel 2 is disappointing for fans had been hopeful that the sequel will finally come to fruition on the heels of Zack Snyder’s announcement that his Justice League is coming to HBO Max next year. This big DCEU development reinvigorated that segment of the DCEU fandom who were starting to lose interest in the franchise following a series of major changes. While Man of Steel got a mixed response, a majority of the fans still want to see Cavill back as Superman, perhaps just with a different narrative than the ones he’s been in thus far. In any case, if there’s anything to be learned about what happened with the Release the Snyder Cut movement, Warner Bros. is still listening to their fans. So maybe if there’s enough clamor for a Superman sequel starring Cavill, the studio might re-evaluate and start planning for rit.