While WB chose to go with Batman Vs. Superman as the next movie following Man of Steel, in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Zack Snyder talks about the potential villains they may have used if they went with a direct Superman sequel.
“I remember we were talking about, ‘What’s the next villain?’" Snyder offered. "We can’t do another alien invasion. Brainiac was definitely down the road. Metallo, I think, was going to be the main bad guy of this movie.”
Snyder even said he had an idea for an end-of-the-movie-scene for Man of Steel that involved Kryptonite and Wayne Manor that he told to both Christopher Nolan and David Goyer.
“I said, ‘What about at the end of the movie we do a scene where there’s a crate full of kryptonite delivered to Wayne Manor,’” Snyder said. “Everyone was like… ‘Okaay.’ Once you say it out loud it’s a problem because you can’t unsay it.”
Of course, Lex was on the table for the Man of Steel sequel as well, and Jesse Eisenberg is playing the character in Batman Vs. Superman.
“We did talk about Lex right away,” Snyder said. “I think Lex was always on the books.”
Regarding future Superman movies and Man of Steel sequels, Herny Cavill said he is pretty optimistic about the possibility.
“There’s plenty of time for individual Superman sequels,” Cavill said. “He’s a tough character to tell. People like the darker vigilante. I think it speaks to the human psyche more easily rather than the god-like being that we can’t really understand. Once we have a more expansive universe we can delve more into the character of Superman and hopefully tell more stories.”
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto in new character roles for the film. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Batman Vs. Superman Trailer: