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Now don’t get me wrong, I liked Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” as much as the next guy, but a sequel by 2014? That seems, uh, overly optimistic if you ask me. Not to mention a potentially big mistake in terms of creativity/quality.
The Wall Street Journal recently covered the film’s box office over the weekend, and in the article, has an interview with Dan Fellman, Warner’s president of domestic distribution, who had this to say about the success of “Man of Steel” and how it affected the studio’s comic book properties/partnership with D.C. moving forward:
It’s more than just a franchise for us, it really opens up the door to do combinations of the DC Comics characters. We can build them up like Marvel did and benefit from the history of DC.
Which is nothing we haven’t heard before. We’ve always been told by Warner and everyone involved with “Man of Steel” that the future of Superman, along with a Justice League movie that would, of course, feature Superman prominently, almost entirely rests on Superman’s broad shoulders.
But the WSJ then added this tidbit:
Warner is already in development on a sequel to “Man of Steel” and is expected to fast track that for release as soon as 2014, said knowledgeable people close to the studio.
In addition, it has long been developing a “Justice League” team-up movie featuring characters such as the Flash and Wonder Woman that could come out as soon as 2015.
It was already previously reported that Warner was fast-tracking “Man of Steel 2″ even before the film opened, thanks to a lot of very positive buzz for the movie. That’s a given. Studios always “develop” sequels before a movie opens, especially a property like Superman, though it’s rare that they would “fast-track” it. Still, nothing really new.
But this, on the other hand? “Man of Steel 2″ by 2014? That’s incredibly optimistic. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but the big question may be, do we want it to be done in such a short time? That seems really pushing it big time, and I’m not sure if that’s good for “Man of Steel 2″ in the long run. But hey, your mileage may vary.