With the release of Man of Steel in 2013, Henry Cavill’s Superman was first introduced to the wider public. Despite the movie’s mixed reception at the time, Cavill’s iconic performance as the title character led to his appearance in a sequel with Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Warner Bros. hasn’t yet revealed if Man of Steel will receive a genuine sequel, leaving fans to wonder whether it will ever happen.
The fact that Cavill’s future with the franchise is in doubt obviously doesn’t help. After the sad failure of the Justice League in 2017, a fresh revelation indicated that Warner Bros. initially sought to replace the British actor as its Superman. Here’s all we know about Man of Steel 2.
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Man Of Steel 2 Release Date
On June 10, 2013, Man of Steel had its Alice Tully Hall premiere before being made available in 2D, 3D, and IMAX theatres four days later. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the action scenes, cinematography, visual effects, Snyder’s direction, Hans Zimmer’s score, as well as Shannon’s performance as Zod.
However, they were split on Cavill’s performance as Superman, and they criticized the pacing and serious tone it took with Superman. The movie raked in about $668 million in worldwide box office revenue, making a net profit of over $42 million, and ranking as the ninth-highest-grossing movie of 2013. It is the last DC movie that Legendary Pictures co-financed. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the sequel, debuted on March 25, 2016.
It is evident that many DCEU fans want to see Man of Steel 2. The possibility of the sequel’s production, nevertheless, remains uncertain, particularly in light of a prior report that said no work was being done on a Man of Steel 2 at Warner Brothers.
Despite this, Cavill’s upcoming return to Warner Bros. at Comic-Con after a contentious working relationship may act as the catalyst for discussions about a Man of Steel sequel. It appears that the ideal time has come to continue the Man of Steel saga given that Cavill has previously stated his willingness to play the franchise’s Superman in the upcoming years.
It is unclear what impact a Man of Steel 2 announcement would have on the DCEU’s present state if Warner Bros. wanted to shock everyone with it.
Let’s hope we see a Man of Steel 2 soon!
Man Of Steel 2 Cast
- Henry Cavill as Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman: A Kryptonian with superhuman strength and abilities who was brought to Earth as an infant by his parents to flee the destruction of his home planet, Krypton, and raised by farmers in Smallville, Kansas, until he is moved by a holographic message from his late father to take on the role of Earth’s top defender. The role has never been played by a non-American actor until Cavill. He was originally cast in the eventually canceled Superman: Flyby movie, and he competed against Brandon Routh for the part of Superman in the 2006 movie Superman Returns. As Cavill said, “There’s a very real story behind the Superman character.” Everyone’s aim, he said, has been to examine the challenges Kal-character El encounters as a result of having many identities, such as his birth name and his alter identity, Clark Kent.
- Amy Adams as Lois Lane: a reporter for the Daily Planet and Clark Kent’s love interest. From a group of actors that included Kristen Stewart, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, and Mila Kunis, Adams was chosen. Lois was the subject of an extensive search, according to Snyder. “It clearly played a large part for us and was a significant event. Despite the fact that we put in a lot of auditions, after meeting Amy Adams, I knew she was the one.” Before earning the present part, Adams tried out for it three times, twice for Superman Returns and once for the unproduced Superman: Flyby.
- Michael Shannon as General Zod: a Kryptonian general determined to rule Earth as a new Krypton with the same superpowers as Superman. Daniel Day-Lewis and Viggo Mortensen were also considered for the part. Zod is not just one of Superman’s most fearsome adversaries, but also one of his most significant ones since he has knowledge about Superman that others lack, according to Snyder.
- Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent: Adoptive father of Clark. Snyder stated that the only consideration in his casting of the on-screen duo was realism: “I think the thing you realize when you look at Diane and Kevin, in our decision to cast them so far, is that you sort of get a sense of how tonally we’re looking at the movie, and what you realize is that those guys are serious actors, and we’re taking this movie very seriously in terms of the tone of having them in the movie,” said the casting director.
- Diane Lane as Martha Kent: The adoptive mother of Clark. After Cavill, Lane was the first actor to join the cast.
- Laurence Fishburne as Perry White: Lois Lane’s superior and the Daily Planet’s editor-in-chief. In a live-action movie, Fishburne makes history as the first African-American to play Perry White.
- Antje Traue as Faora-Ul: a Kryptonian military commander and subordinate of General Zod who is entirely devoted to and obedient to Zod. Due to her pregnancy at the time that she was offered the part, Gal Gadot turned it down, which allowed her to eventually be cast as Wonder Woman in the movie’s sequel. Rosamund Pike, Diane Kruger, and Alice Eve were also candidates for the part.
- Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van
- Christopher Meloni as Col. Nathan Hardy
- Russell Crowe as Jor-El
Man Of Steel 2 Plot
The mining of the planet’s core has caused instability on the planet Krypton. The genetics codex is injected into Jor-baby El’s son, Kal-El, the first naturally born Kryptonian kid in centuries, just before the planet explodes. Before being killed by General Zod during an uprising, Jor-El is able to send Kal-El in a spacecraft toward Earth. When Kal-El lands in Kansas, Jonathan and Martha Kent adopt him and give him the name Clark.
As he gets older, he has superhuman abilities that Jonathan advises him to keep secret. Years later, when he loses his life in a tornado, he even turns down Clark’s offer of assistance. Traveling the world while hiding behind several names and plagued by remorse over Jonathan’s passing, Clark is looking for a reason for living.
Reporter Lois Lane of the Daily Planet is tasked with looking into the finding of a Kryptonian scout ship in the Canadian Arctic. When Clark joins the spacecraft wearing a worker’s disguise, the artificial intelligence (AI), which is based on his father Jor-El, informs him that he has been sent to Earth to help the populace.
Lois accidentally activates the ship’s security system while chasing Clark, and he uses his abilities to free Lois from its protection. He dons a uniform given by the AI of the spacecraft and starts practicing his flying. In an effort to expose Clark after failing to get her boss Perry White to write a piece about the event, Lois searches for him in Smallville. Perry becomes more suspicious as a result of Lois’ decision to withdraw the article, which protects Clark’s identity.
After being imprisoned in the Phantom Zone for their acts against Krypton, Zod and his team manage to escape. They arrive on Earth with many terraforming tools recovered from Kryptonian outposts in order to transform it into a new Krypton. Zod’s research officer, Jax-Ur, takes Clark’s DNA after capturing him and Lois in order to produce Kryptonian colonists who would establish a civilization based on Zod’s principles of genetic purity. A major conflict occurs between Clark and Zod’s men when Zod uses the Jor-El AI to commandeer the ship. Clark and Lois then evacuate and alert the American military of Zod’s plot.
The World Engine, Zod’s most potent terraforming tool, is used, seriously damaging Metropolis and endangering mankind as a whole.
The military conducts a suicide strike, sending Zod’s soldiers back to the Phantom Zone, while Clark, operating under the identity “Superman,” destroys the terraforming platform. Zod makes a vengeful promise to wipe out Earth and all of its inhabitants once the spacecraft is destroyed and Krypton’s sole chance of survival is lost. The protracted conflict between the two Kryptonians in Metropolis comes to an end when Clark is forced to murder Zod as he assaults a family in a train station.
Sometime later, Clark decides to go by the name “Superman,” and he convinces the government to grant him independence as long as he doesn’t turn against mankind. He accepts a position as a freelance reporter for the Daily Planet under his civilian identity, Clark, in order to acquire clandestine access to hazardous circumstances.