Despite all the complaints that were aimed at Man of Steel regarding the levels of destruction it boasted, I stood my ground back in 2013 saying that it’d been the Superman movie I’d been waiting for. In short, it retold Big Blue’s story for the modern era, played host to some spectacular action sequences, and featured the perfect lead in Henry Cavill.
But, as you know, money talks in the film industry – and the reboot didn’t meet the studio’s expectations. Sure, $668 million is a pretty healthy take, but word on the street was that Warner Bros. were expecting $800 million. As such, they roped in their golden boy, Batman, for the sequel and the rest was history.
Now, we could talk about all the possible flowcharts of DC movies that are either in the pipeline right now or were dropped along the way, but one such project that has yet to take off is that of any sort of true Man of Steel sequel, something that Daniel Alter couldn’t help but recently reflect on over on Twitter.
Soon after, Jay Oliva chimed in and raised more than a few eyebrows with his response. If his name sounds familiar, it should, because not only has he directed a litany of DC animated movies such as Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, but he was also a storyboard artist on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Here’s what he had to say:
Man of Steel was never meant to have a sequel because it was supposed to be chapter 1 of a 5 chapter story. Notice how BvS follows exactly after MoS? It’s like book two of Harry Potter.
So, Man of Steel was to be the first in a five-part epic? Of course, that’s probably not how it was looked at until BvS was in full swing, but we imagine the saga would’ve consisted of Man of Steel, Dawn of Justice, Justice League Parts 1 & 2, and then something else such as Man of Steel 2.
Regardless, that’s all out the window now and we can only hope the studio doesn’t let Superman as a solo property collect dust for much longer.