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'Man Of Steel' Sequel On Fast Track With Zack Snyder & David Goyer Returning To Direct & Write

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 10, 2013 9:02 PM
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How can you tell when a studio is feeling confident? Well, with reviews for "Man Of Steel" officially landing in just a couple of hours (ours too), it looks like a follow-up is not only on deck, but coming faster than... well, you know...

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. has officially put a "Man Of Steel" sequel on the fast track, with Zack Snyder returning to direct, and David S. Goyer once again penning the script. As for Christopher Nolan? His name is still expected to be on the franchise as a producer, though his role won't be as "full blown" this time around; and considering how much he has downplayed his involvement even on this movie, our guess is that might be more to use his name as a brand than anything else.

So what does this mean for "Justice League"? Well, it could still be a way off, though the seeds have been planted. “Do the DC characters exist in the universe I created? The answer is yes,” Snyder told Hero Complex. “In my mind, we have this fantastic character of Superman. It’s not madness that there would be others.”

“Now, that being said, does a ‘Justice League’ movie exist now? No. Whether or not I ever get to make that movie, I don’t know,” he continued, adding: “What is real is that there’s a crack — a foot — in the door. That’s promising. The door is definitely open.”

And while that door may be propped at the moment, Henry Cavill believes there needs to be a couple more movies first, before "Justice League" can happen. "I think, ultimately, a ‘Justice League’ movie could be fun, but to get to that stage, you have to do other movies in between. You can’t just suddenly have a world full of gods when one god has just arrived," he told IGN. "So – how do you get to that stage? I think a ‘Batman/Superman’ movie would be great because it brings that world together. Whether they’re going to let that happen, I don’t know."

Well, we do know that "Man Of Steel 2" or "Clark Kent Rises" or "Superman Part Deux" is going to happen first, and we'd guess that the universe within is going to be getting a bit bigger.

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6 Comments

  • Brandon James Clarke | June 28, 2013 9:13 AMReply

    'Well, we do know that "Man Of Steel 2" or "Clark Kent Rises" or "Superman Part Deux" is going to happen first, and we'd guess that the universe within is going to be getting a bit bigger.'

    C'mon, guys. There's no way this sequel won't be titled "Man Of Tomorrow". Read a comic book.

  • Lukas S. | June 21, 2013 6:26 PMReply

    For the sequel, please drop out Goyer. Seriously, he need to go for the sequel :( Or if you won't do that, bring in someone like James Roberts to write it with him. James Roberts was a Transformers fanfiction writer that became an official TF comic writer. And with good reason! He originally joined the Transmasters UK fan club, and there he wrote a lot of TF fanfics, some with co-writers, including Nick Roche, who also became an official TF comic writer. Roberts quickly improved tremendously. And then it came to Eugenesis, which he spend many years on. It turned out as the single best piece of Transformers fiction, an epic story where the Autobots were forced off the Earth, out of Autobot City, by Quintesson forces. In the story, the Quintessons are planning to take over Cybertron, and they succeed. The way the story is written, and the plot constructed, is beautiful. Roberts have become a great character writer. He can take any character, bland or rounded, and do things with them that really define them as individuals. The story is supposed to be in the Transformers Marvel UK continiuty, so it has some things that differ from the US one. For example, it includes Death's Head, a very cool robotic, interdimensional traveling "private detective" and "bounty hunter." He calls himself a "freelance peace-keeping agent" ironically.) Death's Head has appeared in many of the different Marvel UK comic universes, including Transformers and Doctor Who. He came there through time and space. So he's been kind of a mascot thing for Marvel UK I guess. His role in Eugenesis is pretty cool. He is the one that finds the Quintessons. The story is very brutal and action-packed, while all action and locations are described in a very beautiful and professional way. And even though it has that much brutality and action, it still definies a lot of characters very well, and that's an understatement. He also keeps everyone pretty intact, with their morales, personalities and everything It's not perfect though, but it's definitely better than what Goyer did in the writing of Man of Steel. Eugenesis propelled Roberts to "stardom" among hardcore Transfans, who's usually the ones that know of Eugenesis, and it also brought caught the attention of Hasbro, who hired him at recommandation by Nick Roche, who had been hired before Roberts. And there he started to write official Transformers comics. He has now become one of the most popular writers they have, even exceeding Simun Furman, whose works don't quite cut it these days. He's better at the random kind of hero vs baddies G1 episode thing. Roberts have worked on the amazing miniseries The Last Stand of the Wreckers, arguhably the best Transformers comics out there. Even when he write those official stories, he puts more effort into the stories than most other writers working on commissioned, commercial stuff. Also, Eugenesis have the single best rendition of Optimus Prime. Check it out on TF Archive through Google.

    And for a great review of it, search for "Eugenesis Transforms a Childhood Classic."

    I've often said that Michael Bay should throw out Ehren Kruger and do the next film Transformers film with James Roberts. He should have done that with the fourth movie. There, did it again! Or he could have adapted Eugenesis. It would make for one hell of a great Transformers film. The very best! :) Perhaps Zack Snyder should try that...? Or Neill Blomkamp, that would be awesome!

  • oogle monster | June 10, 2013 10:51 PMReply

    As the Slate Culture Podcast folks put it "Zach Snyder is a hack." Even if MOS is great (and I'm betting it is- can't wait for The Playlist's review), I can't imagine Snyder as anything more than a great visualist and an abhorrent storyteller. I'm thinking Goyer is what will make or break the franchise and seeing what he has done in the past, I have faith in him.

  • ska-triumph | June 10, 2013 10:05 PMReply

    I had to comment after just seeing the post title.

    Please please please let Snyder's be the first of a much better set of drafts. Just sketch it out man (Luthor is a layup; get a little dirty to set up DARKSEID or DOOMSDAY for Justice League), and get back in your directing-VFX supervising corner.

  • ska-triumph | June 10, 2013 10:10 PM

    Ok ok I'm done after this... Couldn't they introduce WONDER WOMAN (and the Amazons) like coming out of the metaphorical woodwork? Now that Supes shows up, the ladies see a challenge to humanity and prep Ol' Girl to do recon and confront this Kryptonian dude. Get. Her. In. There. I'm out...

  • ska-triumph | June 10, 2013 10:07 PM

    And that's why you READ the post first (skimming the title sucks). Goyer is WRITING... Whew. Exhaling. My apologies.

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