It’s no secret that Mission: Impossible – Fallout helmer Christopher McQuarrie has considered directing Man of Steel 2. During a fan Q&A on Twitter two weeks ago, the director was asked point blank if he’d be interested in helming the film, to which he responded, “they know where to find me.”
What’s more, having worked alongside Clark Kent himself, Henry Cavill, on the aforementioned sixth Mission: Impossible movie, McQuarrie recently divulged that he and the actor discussed the titular Kryptonian character and potential story ideas for Man of Steel 2, at length, throughout production.
Now, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout roughly three months away (July 27th), McQuarrie and Cavill have entered PR mode. As a result, the questions regarding a possible reunion for the director-actor duo on Man of Steel 2 are coming in hot. Case in point: McQuarrie’s latest interview.
In a sit-down with CinePOP, the director was asked if he’d be interested in helming a superhero movie and reiterated a similar sentiment to his Twitter response two weeks ago, saying “I’ve never really thought about it. I feel like if the story was right and the character was right – I love working with Henry, Henry’s great.” McQuarrie was then pressed on the subject and asked if he’d want to helm Man of Steel 2, specifically, to which he responded, “If Henry asked me to, sure, why not?”
So, what’s taking Warner Bros. so long to extend the invitation? With only three productions firmly on track, James Wan’s Aquaman, David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! and Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 2, the DCEU isn’t exactly churning out films at the rate that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is.
On the other hand, it’s entirely possible that, following a trio of divisive releases featuring Kal-El, Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, DC and Warner Bros. are in a holding pattern right now in regards to the character. After all, allowing other cogs in the DECU machine to alleviate some of the heavy liftings can only benefit pillars like the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight in the long run.
Besides, with McQuarrie clearly open to sitting in the director’s chair on Man of Steel 2, there’s no need to rush into another ill-advised superhero film, especially when another flop could be a death sentence.