Man of Steel may have laid the groundwork for the entire DC Cinematic Universe back in 2013, but it's a foundation that is shaky at best. Hardcore fans and critics alike slammed the movie for its depiction of a Superman (played by Henry Cavill) willing to kill, along with what appeared to be the character's complete disregard for the huge amount of collateral damage he inflicted.
It sounds like that might be the reason Warner Bros. and DC want to take another shot at doing Superman justice on the silver screen, according to a new report from the Wrap. The site writes that a sequel to Man of Steel is now in active development, claiming that someone close to the project revealed that "Superman is a top priority for the studio and getting the character right for audiences is of tantamount importance."
That, of course, makes perfect sense. Superman is the poster child for DC Comics and an American icon. He's the foundation of the current DC film universe and one of the most powerful superheroes of all time. For Warner Bros. and DC to have, according to many fans, misrepresented the character in Man of Steel is a major wrong that needs to be set right if the DC Cinematic Universe is to prosper.
Of course, there already is a sort-of Man of Steel sequel in the form of this year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That movie even features scenes straight out of Man of Steel, and in many ways, builds upon the themes and storylines already established in director Zack Snyder's DC Cinematic Universe debut. Superman's portrayal in Batman v Superman did prove to be a little better than that of its predecessor, but it too suffered from a critical lashing for a number of entirely new reasons.
So, when might this new Superman film see the light of day? Likely not for a while. Only two films are currently unnamed on the Warner Bros. DC movie release schedule: one set for Oct. 5, 2018 and another for Nov. 1, 2019. Chances are, the new Superman film will take one of those spots, but nothing is certain until Warner Bros. and DC officially announce the project.
The most recent DC Cinematic Universe film, Suicide Squad, hit theaters Aug. 5. Like its predecessors, it too is receiving negative reviews, though that doesn't seem to have put a dent in its box office numbers.