Despite being one of the first superheroes, having hit the scene in April 1938, the Man of Steel has had a decidedly rocky history in film in recent years. Superman Returns failed commercially, making $391.1 million on a $223 million gross budget.
2013’s Man of Steel was a lot more successful, bringing in $668 million on a $258 million budget. Despite this, the Man of Tomorrow hasn’t had a solo film since, sharing the screen with Batman and Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman and a reduced role in Justice League (along with some criticism over his upper lip).
Now, it looks like he could be returning to the silver screen, as Variety reports Michael B. Jordan’s pitched WB “a vision for the character,” though he isn’t ready to commit to it as filming isn’t likely to start for a few years and he has a full card of projects. Jordan recently headlined the Creed films and played the villainous Erik Killmonger in Black Panther.
The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams had “discussions” with the studio and, interestingly, his company Bad Robot recently signed a major first-look deal with the studio. It’d be interesting if Abrams does do a Superman film, as he almost did. Insiders think a new Superman film’s unlikely to release until before 2023, as there isn’t currently any script or director.
Keep your eyes on AIPT for more Superman news as it becomes available.
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