When Man of Steel was released in 2013, many thought that this was the launch of a brand new Superman franchise with Zack Snyder at the helm. However, when it was released that the next movie in the newly established DC Expanded Universe would be Batman v Superman, the thought of a Man of Steel sequel was completely scrapped.
However, this was apparently not the original plan for the DCEU. In an interview with Russell Crowe for his upcoming movie The Nice Guys, Crowe had to say this to Digital Spy.
“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.”
From the sound of it, Warner Bros. had no plans for a Batman or Justice League to come to this franchise, but for an unknown reason their agendas had changed. While Man of Steel made $688 million worldwide in theaters, the fan and critical response was very much mixed. This could have led the push for introducing a more bankable and fan-approved character like Batman.
A couple of years ago Warner Bros. announced that a Man of Steel 2 would be happening but no significant details have been released since. Crowe, who played Superman’s biological father Jor-El in Man of Steel would most likely return for the sequel.
Man of Steel was released in 2013 and starred Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Russell Crowe.