Although Man of Steel was just released this past weekend, apparently Warner Bros. is happy enough with its three day worldwide gross of $200 million that they’re fast-tracking a sequel to come out in 2014. However, this seems like they’re biting off more than they can chew. Principal photography on Man of Steel began in August 2011, with a pre-production process that took place nearly a year before that. It’s unknown if a screenplay has even been written for Man of Steel 2, so getting the sequel into theaters so soon seems a bit too ambitious.
In addition to the Superman follow-up, there’s also talk of having a Justice League film ready for release in 2015. Following the formula that Marvel took with The Avengers, DC Comics wants to team up all their characters, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, The Green Lantern, and Aquaman, for one epic film. Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution had this to say on the prospect, “It’s more than just a franchise for us, it really opens up the door to do combinations of the DC Comics characters. We can build them up like Marvel did and benefit from the history of DC.”
While it’s understandable that DC Comics wants to follow Marvel’s technique, (The Avengers made $1.5 billion worldwide) the problem with putting together a Justice League film so early is that Marvel built up excitement for The Avengers by giving most of their superhero team, such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and The Hulk, their own solo films. Of the DC universe only Superman, Batman, and The Green Lantern have had their own movies, and The Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds was very poorly received.
As excited as fans are to see these films, it might be better if DC took their time and focused on quality as opposed to a hastily put together series of movies that are rushed into theaters. While it may be theoretically possible for Man of Steel 2 and Justice League to be ready by 2014 and 2015, respectively, it doesn’t make it a good idea.