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07.06.2015
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MAN OF STEEL may have launched the new DC Cinematic Universe, but at the moment there's no plan for the character to take center stage in another solo Superman film any time soon. The upcoming BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE may have started life as MAN OF STEEL 2, but according to Henry Cavill the new film "is not a Superman sequel, it’s more of an introduction to Batman, an opening to Justice League, and an expansion of the world that was created in Man of Steel.” 

Henry Cavill spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the possibility of individual Superman sequels but added his belief that Superman is a bit of a harder sell when compared to a guy who dresses up as a bat.

There’s plenty of time for individual Superman sequels, he’s a tough character to tell. People like the darker vigilante. I think it speaks to the human psyche more easily rather than the god-like being that we can’t really understand. Once we have a more expansive universe we can delve more into the character of Superman and hopefully tell more stories.

The DC Cinematic Universe is said to be "darker and grittier" than its Marvel counterpart, but I think DC can learn a lesson from Marvel in this case. Superman is frequently labeled as a "tough sell" in a market that demands their characters to be dark and flawed, but Marvel was able to take a chronic do-gooder like Captain America and turn him into one of their most compelling characters, all without sacrificing what makes him good. I've got no problem with a dark and gritty Superman film, just don't let your title character become an overpowered Batman in a slightly more colourful outfit.

While a solo Superman flick isn't in the books at the moment, it's not like the character will be getting shoved to the side; in addition to BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, the character (and actor) will be appearing in JUSTICE LEAGUE: PART ONE in 2017 and JUSTICE LEAGUE: PART TWO in 2019

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Source: EW

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7:07AM on 07/07/2015

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As a massive dc fan I cannot wait to see the league on screen. Been waiting years for this!
As a massive dc fan I cannot wait to see the league on screen. Been waiting years for this!
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5:06AM on 07/07/2015
So much of the faults in the first movie were put down to "he was wet behind the ears" rather than my assumption of "bad writing" - either way, I'm glad this movie will focus on the issue of can we really trust him (given what went down in the first movie) and truly hope that is the source of conflict between the two. Though if this conflict is resolved in the first 20 minutes of the movie with Superman rolling with a punch and then throwing Batman across a room...I'm gonna roll my eyes. I
So much of the faults in the first movie were put down to "he was wet behind the ears" rather than my assumption of "bad writing" - either way, I'm glad this movie will focus on the issue of can we really trust him (given what went down in the first movie) and truly hope that is the source of conflict between the two. Though if this conflict is resolved in the first 20 minutes of the movie with Superman rolling with a punch and then throwing Batman across a room...I'm gonna roll my eyes. I can't help picture a scene where Superman has Batman in a headlock and everyone is watching...and then something more serious actually takes place. The headlock breaks...Batman moves away and says...and let that be a lesson to you :o)
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1:30PM on 07/07/2015
So many of the Marvel films (both produced by marvel and other studios) have completely shit writing as well, do you complain about those?
So many of the Marvel films (both produced by marvel and other studios) have completely shit writing as well, do you complain about those?
3:14AM on 07/07/2015

The key is telling good stories

Marvel has had success because they tell good stories. Marvel doesn't just have a catalog of interesting characters: they have a history of good stories. DC needs to find some good stories to tell.
Marvel has had success because they tell good stories. Marvel doesn't just have a catalog of interesting characters: they have a history of good stories. DC needs to find some good stories to tell.
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11:01PM on 07/06/2015
Don't really care for a dark and gritty Superman.

The fact that Superman isn't dark and gritty, is what makes a Batman/Superman conflict more interesting, rather than if they were both just shades of grit.
Don't really care for a dark and gritty Superman.

The fact that Superman isn't dark and gritty, is what makes a Batman/Superman conflict more interesting, rather than if they were both just shades of grit.
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10:13PM on 07/06/2015
As excited as hell I am for Batman vs Superman, I wish we were indeed getting a sequel to Man of Steel before introducing Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, etc into the whole universe first. It was just refreshing to see another DC/Justice League member who wasn't Batman and would have been nice to see one more Superman centric themed film to build up Clark's character a bit more (ie show his Clark persona more, introduce the Daily Planet).
As excited as hell I am for Batman vs Superman, I wish we were indeed getting a sequel to Man of Steel before introducing Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, etc into the whole universe first. It was just refreshing to see another DC/Justice League member who wasn't Batman and would have been nice to see one more Superman centric themed film to build up Clark's character a bit more (ie show his Clark persona more, introduce the Daily Planet).
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