Warner Bros. may have only produced two DCEU films to date, but both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have been mired in controversy since they were first released, dividing comic book fans and casual audiences alike.
Recent restructuring at the executive level suggests that Warner Bros. is keen to reduce the damage caused by negative reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it turns out that things almost worked out very differently.
In an interview for his new movie The Nice Guys, Russell Crowe reveals that director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer originally planned to develop a direct sequel to Man of Steel before deciding to move forward with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"Originally...I could be completely wrong...I think there was a number of Superman movies. But I think they made the decision to jump past those and go to the idea of Batman and Superman in the same film. So, no, I didn’t have any discussions about that at all."
No official reason has been given for this decision, but it's likely that Warner Bros. chose to move forward with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice after Man of Steel didn't hit the billion dollar mark that the studio hoped for.
Releasing another individual Superman movie could have been an effective way of building the DCEU more gradually, but unfortunately we'll never know. In the meantime, it seems unlikely that Kal-El will fly solo again in the near future too, thanks to the busy schedule DC has lined up. This might be the last we see of Crowe's Jor-El, unless he somehow pops up in Goyer's prequel show Krypton.
But what does Crowe himself think about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?
In the same interview, Crowe revealed that he hasn't actually seen the film yet. Whether this is true or whether Crowe simply wished to avoid starring in his own version of the Sad Affleck video is up for debate.
Do you wish Superman had starred in more solo movies before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released?