Good news, Superman fans!
Remember that one grey cloud hanging over the announcement of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Y'know, the one that pointed out that with the arrival of Batman on the DC movie scene, Man of Steel looked ever-more-unlikely to get a sequel? The one which, with seemingly little care for our feelings, reminded us that it seemed far more likely we'd simply see Supes turn up in Justice League movies in the near future, with his chances of a new solo effort being distinctly low?
Well, from the sounds of it, that may well no longer be the case...
Henry Cavill Reckons We'll See a Man of Steel 2 After All
That's right. As the actor revealed recently in an interview with EW:
"There’s plenty of time for individual Superman sequels. He’s a tough character to tell. People like the darker vigilante. I think it speaks to the human psyche more easily rather than a god-like being that we can’t really understand. Once we have a more expansive universe, we can delve more into the character of Superman and hopefully tell more stories."
Which, seeing as he's Superman (and has likely been signed on to appear in those sequels) is about as good a hint as any that we're likely to receive that we will, in actual fact, see something along the lines of a Man of Steel 2.
The big question now, then?
Just When Would We See the Sequel?
Well, seeing as DC and Warner Bros' upcoming slate seems pretty darned full, it's entirely possible to imagine that Man of Steel 2 might not hit our screens until 2021. After all, the line-up already consists of:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in 2016.
Wonder Woman and Justice League in 2017.
The Flash and Aquaman in 2018.
Shazam and Justice League 2 in 2019.
Cyborg and Green Lantern in 2020.
Which is...a whole lot of movies.
It's also, though, a much quieter slate than Marvel Studios' is for the same period of time - and doesn't incorporate a number of likely additions.
After all, if 2016's Suicide Squad does well at the box office, it's all but guaranteed to receive a sequel long before 2021. Similarly, the chances of Batman not receiving his own DCCU solo movie somewhere between 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2021 - one taking advantage of Jared Leto's casting as the Joker - seem incredibly slim.
Could DC, then, be set to use that already announced line-up as a basic framework - one into which sequels and Bat-introductions can be added? And, if so, is it possible that by 2017 we'll be seeing three DC movies a year, rather than two? After all, that's very much Marvel's plan...
Man of Steel 2 in the summer of 2017, say, followed by a Batman solo movie in the (otherwise fairly-risky looking) 2018?
What do you reckon, though?