‘Man of Steel 2’: Who Should Direct the Superman Sequel?

     August 9, 2016


Yesterday, reports surfaced that Warner Bros. has now put Man of Steel 2 into active development. While the 2013 Superman reboot retroactively serves as the beginning of the DC Extended Universe, upon release, WB subsequently began expanding said universe with little hope that another standalone Superman movie would be coming anytime soon. But then Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice happened, after which WB went through some internal restructuring that saw DC Comics COO Geoff Johns appointed as the head of the newly created DC Films division, ushering in new leadership for the DC movies to come.

If one were to connect the dots, one might surmise that once Johns stepped up, it was suggested that Warner Bros. attempt to move forward with another standalone Superman film in the hopes of crafting a more successful adaptation of the iconic character. Man of Steel was a success, mind you, but didn’t reach the heights of Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, which may or may not have been one of the reasons why the follow-up became Batman v Superman and not Man of Steel 2.


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However, with word now rumbling that Man of Steel 2 may be getting off the ground at some point in the relatively near future, it’s time to think about who may be spearheading this sequel. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is currently busy shooting Justice League and one imagines he may have had his fill of the DCEU by the time Man of Steel 2 gets off the ground, which opens up the possibility to have a different filmmaker come in and put his or her own spin on the character.

So, who should it be? We here at Collider have put together a poll of some potential candidates, and we’d like to hear from you, dear readers. Who do you want to see at the helm of a new Superman movie? Someone with a lot of experience? A fresh face? Someone well versed in the action realm? Someone with more character-centric sensibilities? This list of candidates hopefully covers many of the bases and casts as wide a net as possible, but is by no means a complete and final list. Below I’ve provided a brief dossier of sorts on the filmmakers we’ve chosen, so let your voice be heard in the poll and sound off with justification in the comments section.


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Josh Trank – Fantastic Four, Chronicle

George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road, Babe: Pig in the City

Brad Bird – The Incredibles, Tomorrowland

Matthew Vaughn – Kick Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service

Susanne Bier – The Night Manager

Michelle MacLaren – Breaking Bad

Lorene Scafaria – Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Joss Whedon – The Avengers, Serenity

Bennett Miller – Moneyball, Foxcatcher

Phil Lord and Chris Miller – The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street

Francis Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, I Am Legend


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Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty, Point Break

Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Alex Garland – Ex Machina

Denis Villeneuve – Sicario, Prisoners

Pete Docter – Up, Inside Out

Jeff Nichols – Mud, Midnight Special

Drew Goddard – The Cabin in the Woods

Jonathan Levine – Warm Bodies, The Night Before

Christopher McQuarrie – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher

Jennifer Kent – The Babadook

Steven Soderbergh – Ocean’s Eleven, The Knick

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer – Stranger Things

David Michôd — The Rover, Animal Kingdom

Cary Fukunaga – True DetectiveBeasts of No Nation

F. Gary Gray — The Italian JobStraight Outta Compton

Zack Snyder — Man of Steel300


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