A sequel to Man of Steel has long been expected, but there hasn't been much news about it thus far. Last we heard, the DC film was in "active development", but that was eight months ago. Now we know that Warner Bros. has its eye on a certain comic book director to bring Superman back to the big screen.
Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel. Image: Google
His name is Matthew Vaughn. You know him as the director of Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service. He's currently finishing Kingsman: The Golden Circle for a spring release — and Collider first reported he's at the top of Warner Bros. list to direct Man of Steel 2. We've also heard this is true, and in addition that the film may not be a direct sequel to Zack Snyder's 2013 film. It could potentially be more of a soft reboot or reimagining, though nothing has been decided. Either way, the wheels are spinning.
Collider also points out that while preliminary talks have happened, this is not a done deal by any means. Vaughn is just someone the studio would like to work with; he loves the character and he's considering it. Plus, if he doesn't do Superman, they'd be interested in him directing something else. Warner Bros. did not comment.
You may recall this isn't the first time Vaughn has had a run-in with Superman. Back before Man of Steel came out, the director spoke to Warner Bros. executives about the character, but it didn't pan out. Instead, they went with the David Goyer/Christopher Nolan/Zack Snyder vision. But Vaughn did say this about his take, which is very telling:
I think that's the one thing not to do with Superman, trying to do the serious The Dark Knight version. Superman is about colour and fun, or it should be, for me.
So if Vaughn still feels that way, maybe it suggests Warner Bros. is ready to start pushing that dark, Snyder vision out of the way as long rumoured. Maybe they want Vaughn's colourful, boisterous vision. And maybe, like we said, this will be less a Man of Steel sequel and more a reboot of the character as a whole. The opportunity is right there considering he's, well, dead at the moment. A Justice League resurrection could surely put the character into a whole new headspace.
A new Superman movie is just one of at least 17 (yes, 17) DC movies that are in various stages of development. It's near the bottom in terms of progress, but the search for a director suggests it could start jumping over the other films soon.