Watchmen and Lost producer Damon Lindelof speaks his mind about possibly taking on the Man of Steel sequel – if it ever gets off the ground.
It was reported this week Henry Cavill is in negotiations again to reprise Superman in the DCEU after all this time. Man of Steel 2 could result from this though it’s not looking good on that front as the proposed sequel is not in active development right now.
That isn’t stopping fans, however, from suggesting names to join the project. TV producer and showrunner Damon Lindelof, hot off his HBO limited series sequel to the Watchmen comics which went over well with viewers and critics, is someone they’d like to see breathe life back into the world’s first superhero.
They may be onto something there. Man of Steel’s director Zack Snyder moved up the ranks to helm that film and Justice League after directly adapting Alan Moore’s pivotal tome to the cinema. Lightning can strike twice.
Would Damon Lindelof be interested in a potential Man of Steel 2?
Lindelof spoke with Comicbook.com this past week about the prospect, telling them that he thought it was “immensely flattering to even be considered for” it.
He added that Superman is such a big character, it’s a “daunting” task to imagine doing it because he is “up there with Batman and the two kind of the big two.” He explained this while touching on the complication of reaffirming Superman’s relevance today:
“I think the challenge with Superman is always going to be what does Superman mean in the contemporary framework? For a character, for a culture that’s basically moved into this sphere of antiheroes, how do you make space for Superman who is sort of the original superhero?”
Lindelof often works with JJ Abrams and might wind up making any Superman movie he’s attached to with him. Coincidentally, Abrams wrote a script called Superman: Flyby in the 2000s, one of a few DC projects that weren’t picked up back then.
Lindelof remarked on this history:
“But it’s interesting that you mentioned J.J. because long before I worked with him on Lost, J.J. actually wrote a Superman script that never got made for a variety of reasons mostly of which I think is like that Wolfgang Petersen was trying to make a Superman Versus Batman movie. They were also trying to do JLA. This was all before Chris Nolan came in and basically took over Batman, et cetera, but it all kind of just got lost in the wash.
Lindelof said Abrams is obsessed with Superman and he’d love to see his creative partner get his dream project made. Not only that, Lindelof believes Abrams has a vision for the character better than one he could come up with:
He’s had a long-term obsession with Superman. I guess what I would say is I would love to see a J.J. Superman movie, but I don’t have a take on the character that would be better than that.”
The question is if Henry Cavill would be Abrams’ choice should his Superman come to pass. And that’s not strictly up to the Rise of Skywalker director. News of Cavill’s talks with Warner Bros. might be premature.
According to The Hollywood Reporter’s latest edition of “Heat Vision,” he hasn’t officially returned to the table yet. Either way, his deal would be for cameos and supporting roles in other DC movies. That’s not expected to take effect for the upcoming Black Adam or The Flash – which remains stalled in development.
It could be a few years still before Cavill puts the cape back on. JJ Abrams’ Justice League Dark series will probably be up and running before then.
As for Lindelof, all nine episodes of his Watchmen show are streaming on HBO Now and the brand-new HBO Max. There are calls for a second season but – similar to Man of Steel – Lindelof, while seeing the potential, is cold to a follow-up.
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