Man of Steel 2: Everything we know so far

Henry Cavill as Superman, who may not return for Man of Steel 2Warner Bros.

Here’s everything we know so far about Man of Steel 2, Henry Cavill’s big-screen return as Superman.

It’s been nearly 10 years since Cavill first debuted as Superman in Man of Steel, Zack Snyder’s controversial take on the classic hero. He returned in Batman v Superman, before showing up with a nightmarish blurred face in Joss Whedon’s Justice League.

Snyder righted the wrongs of the theatrical release with his cut of Justice League, putting Cavill in the black suit and giving him the resurrection he deserved.

Following Batgirl’s cancelation and his cameo in Black Adam, it seemed like Cavill had returned… but that may not be the case, so here’s what we know about Man of Steel 2.

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Is there a Man of Steel 2 release date?

No, Man of Steel 2 doesn’t have a release date at the time of writing – however, following recent reports, it’s possible the movie could release in 2024, if not 2025… if at all.

At the time of writing, Man of Steel 2 has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. and DC. According to an earlier article by The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Discovery – under the stewardship of David Zaslav – had an “intense desire” to bring Cavill back for a sequel.

Cavill returned to the role in the mid-credits scene of Black Adam. It was a much-hyped appearance that seemingly signaled a new tenure for the actor, especially after he took to Instagram to say: “I wanted to make it official: I’m back as Superman.”

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“A very small taste of what’s to come, my friends. The dawn of hope renewed. Thank you for your patience, it will be rewarded,” he also wrote.

However, The Hollywood Reporter has since revealed it’s a possibility Man of Steel 2 may be scrapped altogether, effectively halting Cavill’s seemingly revived tenure as Superman. Culture Spider, a reputable leaker, also tweeted: “Cavill is OUT at DC.”

This comes after James Gunn and Peter Safran’s takeover of DC Studios, which has seen Wonder Woman 3 axed and a possible Lobo recast for Jason Momoa.

James Gunn has since confirmed that Cavill won’t be returning as Superman in the new DCU, with a new actor set to play the Man of Steel, so it’s unclear when we should expect the next movie.

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Man of Steel 2 cast: Who’s in it?

If Man of Steel 2 goes ahead, we’ll see Henry Cavill as Superman.

In terms of anyone else, it’s unclear whether we can expect to see Amy Adams return as Lois Lane, or any other characters from Snyder’s DCEU movies, like Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, or Harry Lennix as Martian Manhunter, as revealed in the director’s extended cut of Justice League.

Earlier reports said the movie will be produced by Charles Roven and Warner Bros. is on the hunt for writers, with Mission: Impossible’s Christopher McQuarrie at the top of the wishlist after his collaboration with Cavill on Fallout.

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Henry Cavill as Superman in Zack Snyder's Justice LeagueWarner Bros.

The big question would be whether Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam would be the villain of the film, given his outspoken wishes for a face-off between the two titans.

Speaking to Jake Hamilton about how their meeting would go down, he said: “I can see things so clearly on how that scene looks like, what that scene looks like, what the film looks like, what the next three films look like.

“Now, whether or not that comes to fruition, that always helps when you have that kind of clarity. But here is what I do know. Listening to the fans when I was wrestling always led and guided me. Just like now.

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“So for that past 10 years, as I was pushing Black Adam up this hill to get made, for the past five, six, seven years, I was also listening to the fans at the same time where you have Black Adam, where we will create Black Adam for him to be the most powerful and unstoppable force on this planet. The most powerful and unstoppable force in the entire universe has been on the sidelines for too long.”

Do we know anything about Man of Steel 2’s plot?

At the time of writing, there are no official plot details about Man of Steel 2.

In an interview with Collider last year, Cavill said: “I felt like Man of Steel was a wonderful opening story, an origin story to Superman. It left a lot of space for him to grow beyond that and become the hero that we recognize.

“Batman v Superman took a hard turn down a darker route and it was a Batman perspective story and so it didn’t really show the aspects of Superman which I was very, very keen to show. Justice League Snyder Cut definitely leant into that a bit more.

“I had a bit more of a gentleness to the tone of the thing, but I would love to have the opportunity to play the Superman that we all know and love from the comics, as a continuation of his development and we see the hero. That would be really, really exciting for me because there is an opportunity to tell a lot of interesting story there.

“It’s just about finding the right hooks to have a character that is as good and idealistic as Superman, that there are wonderful opportunities to delve into what it’s like to exist as him and those hardships that come with that. When you have to save everyone, how hard is that on you? That could be an interesting line to run.”

Man of Steel 2 trailer: Is there a trailer?

No, there isn’t a trailer for Man of Steel 2 right now, but you can check out the incredible trailer for the original movie below:

We’ll update this article upon further announcements. Black Adam hits cinemas on October 21.

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