One of the many criticisms about Dawn of Justice was the fact that Superman was very much a supporting character in his own franchise. There was a time when a sequel to Man of Steel was officially on the Warner Bros film slate, but those plans were put on hold, and we got Batman v Superman instead. Man of Steel was far from perfect, but the rebooted Superman deserved a fully fledged sequel to see him become the symbol of hope he has always been. 

Speaking to IGN, director Zack Snyder, and Henry Cavill voiced their desire to make another Superman standalone movie, but it all rests on the success of Dawn of Justice.

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“I think if we could get a good script, it would be great to have a standalone Superman movie. I think that would be fun to do. Part of the reason we haven’t announced the standalone Superman movie was to support some of the events of [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice].” -Zack Snyder 

“I do believe it depends on the success of this movie. If this goes well, then we can start to negotiate with Warner Bros. to develop a standalone Superman, but they’ve got their plan set out for other stuff and Justice Leagues, and various other movies. It’s about finding the time really. It’s something I would be very keen to do.” - Henry Cavill

The DC release schedule currently takes us up to 2020; Suicide Squad is next out of the gate on August 4, Wonder Woman and Justice League Part 1 are due next year, The Flash and Aquaman are set for 2018 with the possibility of a solo Batman movie as well. 2019 will see Shazam make his big screen debut plus the second instalment of Justice League, and 2020 brings us Cyborg and a reboot of The Green Lantern. At this stage, it would appear that squeezing a Superman standalone movie into an already jam-packed schedule might be a tall order.

Batman v Superman tumbled a whopping 69% in its second weekend at the US box office; a sizeable dip is only to be expected after a massive launch, but the drop was far steeper than what analysts had predicted. The wealth of negativity has likely played a part in the decline in admissions, but at the time of writing the movie has taken almost $700 million worldwide and has officially outgrossed Man of Steel’s final tally. The box office suggests that the DC expanded universe is off to a  blockbuster start, right? The production budget was somewhere in the $250 million ballpark before you factor in marketing, fees to cinemas, back end deals with talent and home entertainment release costs. The reality is that Batman v Superman needs to get as close to $1 billion as possible for Warner Bros executives to deem the venture worthwhile. 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in cinemas now. 

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Chris Suffield

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