Since Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder, hit theaters June 14, the newest Superman reboot has grossed over $620 million worldwide. At the great geek-fest this weekend at San Diego Comic Con, talk has been flying about the future of DC Comic heroes on the big screen.
As reported by MTV, a panel today at Comic Con included Henry Cavill, the actor who most recently donned the red cape, and Harry Lennix, who played General Swanwick in Man of Steel.
The two actors gave differing responses about a possible sequel to the Superman movie. Lennix seemed confident in the second movie, stating, “It looks like it’s going to happen.” Cavill, on the other hand, did not seem so certain. “I don’t know anything about Man of Steel 2 yet. I don’t even know if it’s going ahead,” he said. “Nothing in Hollywood is a safe bet. It’s not done till it’s done.”
Shortly after that report, the Los Angeles Times reported the follow-up to Man of Steel will not be a second Superman movie, but a movie that brings both Superman and Batman together. It is expected, the article continues, that Snyder will again be directing. David S. Goyer, who wrote the script for Man of Steel, is also expected to be working on the new movie.
While it is likely that Cavill will again play Superman, fans are expecting to see a new Batman, as Christian Bale has said he will not be playing the hero anymore.
With the insane popularity of the Marvel heroes on the big screen, it has long been expected that DC would follow suit. Marvel’s Avengers brought heroes Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and Captain America together last year, grossed a whopping $1.5 billion worldwide.
Marvel’s most recent movie, Iron Man 3, has been the most successful movie of the summer, bringing in $1.2 billion.
The DC counterpart to the Avengers is the Justice League, and DC fans have been waiting for a Justice League movie for quite some time. Should a Batman and Superman movie be released in 2015, as expected, they may be one step closer to the long awaited Justice League movie.
Although it’s nice to think of movie-making as a way to give fans what they want, it’s most often about the money. Given the recent success of Man of Steel and the historic success of Batman—the two most recent each grossed over $1 billion—it seems Warner Bros. is ready to cash in on a combined move.
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