Not surprisingly, Warner Bros. and DC has confirmed they have more movies planned besides the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.
According to comicbook.com, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara discussed WB’s future projects last week. Tsujihara stated “We have Batman Vs. Superman coming out in 2015, but there are going to be in the coming months a lot of announcements regarding the future movie, television, games and consumer product pieces that are going to be coming from DC.” He also added “I think the basis, foundation of those 12 to 14 pictures are going to be coming from DC Entertainment.”
Right now they are playing catch-up to Marvel and their cinematic universe, using Man of Steel as a springboard to kick of their movie universe. Personally, I think they should use television to introduce their characters, then use the movies to bring them together, whether it be pairings or a full fledged Justice League movie. DC has had success on the small screen in the past with shows like the 1970s Wonder Woman, 2000s Smallville, and the recent Arrow. A Flash series is already set to spin-off from Arrow, introducing super powers into the series. The grounded atmosphere of Arrow is similar to the feel of Man of Steel and I’m assuming in other films going forward, too. It wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to make Arrow, The Flash (or whatever the series may be called), and Man of Steel in a shared cinematic universe, to steal Marvel’s terminology. DC can play to their strengths and use the small screen to their advantage.
Also, interestingly, Tsujihara uses “Batman Vs. Superman” rather than “Man of Steel 2” or “Man of Steel sequel.” Granted, Batman Vs Superman has been the placeholder title until one is officially confirmed, but could this be that confirmation?
Man of Steel 2 is scheduled to be released in theaters July 17, 2015, directed by Zack Snyder with Henry Cavill reprising his role as Clark Kent/Superman and introducing Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman.