Not much of a surprise here, really. Man of Steel reviews are starting to roll in and have been nothing but positive so far. It seems like Snyder and company really knocked it out of the park, which is great news for geeks and non-geeks alike; there’s nothing better than a good Superman story. Except a great Batman story. Oh, the hell with it – we can all agree that when the two finally mix it up on the big screen, it will be a glorious time at the movies.
More on that in a minute. First let’s talk about how Warner Bros. is frothing at the mouth just as much as eager fans are over the prospect of Man of Steel. Due in part to a huge marketing frenzy, the studio is estimating about $75M from Friday/Saturday ticket sales and hoping for a total opening of about $100M. Not bad in and of itself, but all the positive word of mouth seems to point to sustained buzz and decent longevity in the multiplexes. To be honest, this Renegade Reporter thinks the country, and the world, is ready to visit and revisit the character of Superman, and have just been waiting for the right film with which to do so.
Due to all of this, plans are already underway to start rolling on a sequel, posthaste. Both director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer are confirmed to return for MoS 2. No word yet on the extent of Christopher Nolan’s involvement, but it’s probably safe to assume that he’ll find time to contribute in some way amidst Interstellar and other projects.
A very interesting part of all this is that the David S. Goyer involvement in the Man of Steel sequel is part of a three picture deal which encompasses screenwriting duties on both new Supes films as well as a Justice League movie which would also feature the character. Given that the assumed success of Man of Steel is already prompting Warner Bros. to start work on a sequel, this is another sign pointing to the fact that Justice League will be coming our way. In the meantime, it will be fun to enjoy Man of Steel and speculate on where the sequel will take us. Will the next film feature a cosmic threat, or perhaps a bald megalomaniacal human with a penchant for real estate swindles and kryptonite necklaces? (Of course the deliciously villainous character of Lex Luthor is made up of much more than that, but you get the drift.