The DCEU is looking to rebound from the polarizing reception of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad with Justice League and The Batman. In addition, Warner Bros. has a sequel to Man of Steel in the works as well. No director or screenwriter has been officially attached yet, but recent reports state that the studio is eyeing Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class) to direct. The report comes from Collider, who went on to say:
This isn’t yet in the deal-making stage, and Vaughn could very well end up not directing the film, but he’s who Warner Bros. wants at this point in time. Moreover, sources tell us that if Vaughn for some reason doesn’t direct Man of Steel 2, Warner Bros. still wants him to helm another superhero movie in the DCEU.
Back in 2015, it was rumored that the studio was looking at George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Road Warrior), who was said to be directing a sequel which would feature Brainiac and Bizarro going after Supergirl and Superman to retrieve the genetic codex from Man of Steel. It’s unknown if this rumored plot is still the goal, but whatever it is, Vaughn will surely bring his own vision to the project. Ironically, back in 2010 Vaughn and comic book writer Mark Millar pitched a Superman film project to the studio. Vaughn said at the time:
“I think that’s the one thing not to do with Superman, trying to do the serious The Dark Knight version. Superman is about color and fun, or it should be, for me.”
Warner Bros. ended up going with Christopher Nolan and David Goyer‘s pitch instead, which became Man of Steel so maybe this will be Vaughn’s chance to finally direct a Superman film. Check back here for more information or a statement from the studio.