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Zack Snyder reveals the original villain of the sequel to Man of Steel

07.07.2015
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When MAN OF STEEL brought in the numbers to warrant a sequel, BATMAN V SUPERMAN wasn't immediately on the docket. Sure, it didn't take very long for Batman's introduction to come to fruition (thus prompting the DC/Warner Bros. Universe to open up in a BIG way), but audiences were to explore this Kal-El character a bit more before the Justice League intervened. The villain(s) in MAN OF STEEL fare better than most origin story villains, so director Zack Snyder knew he had to come up with something really special for the sequel. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now know what direction he was headed in before Batman would play a bit part in the next film.

Zack Snyder on MAN OF STEEL 2's villain:

I remember we were talking about, ‘What’s the next ­villain?’ We can’t do another alien invasion.’ Brainiac was definitely down the road. Metallo, I think, was going to be the main bad guy of this movie.

Regarding Batman's original introduction to the Superman universe:

I said, ‘What about at the end of the movie we do a scene where there’s a crate full of kryptonite delivered to Wayne Manor,’ Everyone was like… ‘Okaay.’ Once you say it out loud it’s a problem because you can’t unsay it.

Metallo, being a cyborg with access to kryptonite, is an interesting choice given that AGE OF ULTRON went the "metal bad guy" route. Granted, one's a machine with artificial intelligence and the other a man with artificial implants, but I think general audiences would opt to find more comparisons than differences. Of course, once the idea of Batman coming into the mix was made, that changed everything. We know that Henry Cavill is still looking forward to a solo Superman flick, so perhaps Metallo still has a part to play in the Warner Bros. universe.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE opens on March 25, 2016.

Which villain would you like to see in Superman's next solo outing?

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12:47AM on 07/08/2015
Cavill said it himself: it is difficult to come up with stories for Superman: you either have people complaining that the movie is an "orgy of violence" or that there is "not enough action" because he can't hit anybody without killing them. The Hulk has the same problem.
Cavill said it himself: it is difficult to come up with stories for Superman: you either have people complaining that the movie is an "orgy of violence" or that there is "not enough action" because he can't hit anybody without killing them. The Hulk has the same problem.
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5:08PM on 07/07/2015
This movie is gonna suck - it's almost an insult to the fact that a character so great as superman has to have Bats join his 'sequel' because WB are scared the movie will tank. What a sad situation that with such a great catalogue of villains we are going to experience this film
This movie is gonna suck - it's almost an insult to the fact that a character so great as superman has to have Bats join his 'sequel' because WB are scared the movie will tank. What a sad situation that with such a great catalogue of villains we are going to experience this film
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3:10PM on 07/07/2015
Like I have stated before, I would rather have had a straight up sequel to Man of Steel that would further develop Clark as a character and would have introduced his reporter side more while introducing the Daily Planet as well. In Man of Steel, we got more Superman than Clark; so I'm hoping in Batman vs Superman we get to see those aspects of Clark than just all of his Superman persona.
Like I have stated before, I would rather have had a straight up sequel to Man of Steel that would further develop Clark as a character and would have introduced his reporter side more while introducing the Daily Planet as well. In Man of Steel, we got more Superman than Clark; so I'm hoping in Batman vs Superman we get to see those aspects of Clark than just all of his Superman persona.
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3:07PM on 07/07/2015

No alien invasion?

That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Superman is an alien, and almost his entire villain archive consists of other aliens. No one on Earth is remotely a match (unless you go the Kryptonite route). Yet in 6 Superman movies we've had Lex as the main bad guy twice, Richard Pryor and his computer, and a moronic sun guy (along with Zod twice). It doesn't have to be an invasion, it can just be a random alien threat. But if the villain of this movie turns out to just be Lex with some
That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Superman is an alien, and almost his entire villain archive consists of other aliens. No one on Earth is remotely a match (unless you go the Kryptonite route). Yet in 6 Superman movies we've had Lex as the main bad guy twice, Richard Pryor and his computer, and a moronic sun guy (along with Zod twice). It doesn't have to be an invasion, it can just be a random alien threat. But if the villain of this movie turns out to just be Lex with some homemade bad guy sidekick, it's going to suck.

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5:28PM on 07/07/2015
While I get that, perhaps it will free up Supes to do something he didn't do very much of last go round -- rescue people from harm.
While I get that, perhaps it will free up Supes to do something he didn't do very much of last go round -- rescue people from harm.
1:06PM on 07/07/2015
Bizarro and Mxyzptlk together. These are challenges to Superman's mind and emotions.
Bizarro and Mxyzptlk together. These are challenges to Superman's mind and emotions.
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12:43PM on 07/07/2015
Probably decided against it after Avengers used Ultron.
Probably decided against it after Avengers used Ultron.
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12:18PM on 07/07/2015
should've gotten Parasite
should've gotten Parasite
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