Matt Reeves‘ ‘The Batman’ is set to begin production in 2020. This movie is set during the early days of the Dark Knight’s career and introduces Robert Pattinson as the new Bruce Wayne. Though it hasn’t been made clear, this looks to be a completely new Batman, not a younger version of Ben Affleck‘s take. (For starters, Jeffrey Wright replaces J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.)
It seems that Warner Brothers has also been looking at a way to relaunch Superman, but so far hasn’t decided on a direction. Variety reports that the studio met with J.J. Abrams, who recently signed a “massive” first-look deal with the studio. Abrams, of course, rebooted both the ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’ franchises. Could he possibly have a way to revive the Man of Steel?
Another potential candidate to reboot Superman is Michael B. Jordan. Variety also states that Warner Brothers had a meeting with the ‘Black Panther’ star to possibly replace Henry Cavill. But Jordan is one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood and has not officially signed on because the project is still up in the air.
With no script, actor, or director attached to a new ‘Superman’ movie, insiders don’t believe that such a picture will appear before 2023.
To complicate matters, Cavill states that he is still attached to play Superman again. Speaking to Men’s Health, he stated:
“The cape is in the closet. It’s still mine… I’m not going to sit quietly in the dark as all the stuff is going on. I’ve not given up the role. There’s a lot I have to give for Superman yet. A lot of storytelling to do. A lot of real, true depths to the honesty of the character I want to get into. I want to reflect the comic books. That’s important to me. There’s a lot of justice to be done for Superman. The status is: You’ll see.”
Cavill further discussed his three WB DC movies:
‘Man of Steel’ – “A great starting point. If I were to go back, I don’t think I’d change anything.”
‘Batman v Superman’ – “Very much a Batman movie. And I think that realm of darkness is great for a Batman movie.”
‘Justice League’ – “It didn’t work.”
So Cavill feels like he has unfinished business as Superman. But does Warner Brothers feel the same way? Do audiences?
Would you be interested in a ‘Superman’ film directed by J.J. Abrams? Would you rather see Michael B. Jordan or Henry Cavill play the lead?