Man of Steel 2 looks like it’s finally going to happen

Up, up and away (in a few years from now)...

Man of Steel Image Warner Bros

Man of Steel 2 has been talked about ever since Henry Cavill resurrected Superman in 2013’s Zack Snyder reboot.

However, after being sidelined (and killed off) in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and absent from most of the advance Justice League publicity (he’ll reportedly be resurrected in new black attire), the character has barely had the time to show audiences what he can do.

The emergence of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman et al has left Superman a minor player in the DC Extended Universe, but that’s all likely to change.

Cavill’s manager Dany Garcia has been banging the drum for a Man of Steel sequel in an interview with Newsweek.

After first discussing Cavill’s “big appetite” (presumably for career success), she laid out her plans to turn Cavill into “a force globally”.

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent and Superman
Spot the difference? Henry Cavill as Clark Kent and Superman. Image Warner Bros

Having masterminded Dwayne Johnson’s rise to fame, this’ll probably mean seeing Cavill leap into every single major franchise movie under Earth’s yellow sun. If it worked for The Rock in Fast & Furious, GI Joe and Journey to the Centre of the Earth…

“We’ve been in a five-month period of time where he’s re-strategising, acquiring property [for his production company Promethean], he’s filming [Justice League] now, he’s in development for the Superman standalone… he’s beginning to expand that world.

“It’s beautifully teed up. In a year from now, or two years from now, he’s going to be a force globally.”

There’s barely been a whisper about Man of Steel 2 in recent month. At one point Mad Max: Fury Road’s George Miller was tantalisingly dangled as a potential director, but he ruled that out after having talks with Warner Bros.

Don’t expect the film to arrive anytime soon, though. DC movies based on Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg are already in the pipeline – Superman won’t be soaring again until those are out of the way.

Watch the trailer for Man of Steel below:

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