Man Of Steel 2: 8 Comic Book Storylines That Must Be Adapted
Fingers crossed for Brainiac!
Warner Bros has an ever-growing roster of upcoming movies, but one of the most important for the future of the DCEU (or whatever you want to call it now) is Man of Steel 2. Following on from Justice League, the Superman sequel will likely offer a course-correction for the Last Son of Krypton after audiences have largely been reluctant to take Henry Cavill’s brooding Superman into their hearts so far.
You’ve probably heard that Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn is currently in talks with DC to helm the film. Whether this comes to anything or not, the fact that DC are courting Vaughn makes it clear what they want from Man of Steel 2: a funnier, livelier counterpart to the mostly dour original. This isn't exactly surprising. Since Wonder Woman's optimistic tone was heavily praised, the studio will be looking to replicate that at every turn.
Based on that knowledge, there are several comic book storylines - both iconic and underappreciated - that spring to mind that would fit what seems to be DC’s vision for Man of Steel 2. If adapted, the following eight arcs would either introduce a fan-favourite villain, take Superman down an interesting avenue, or would be just plain fun to see on the big screen.
8. Superman: Last Son
As previously stated, Man of Steel 2 will likely offer a clean slate from Superman’s last outing, but that doesn’t mean it has to ignore the events of Man of Steel completely. An adaptation of Superman: Last Son could directly deal with the fallout of the first film's Kryptonian invasion in an interesting way while also adding some new elements into the mix.
2006’s Last Son came from the minds of Geoff Johns and Richard Donner – yes, the director of 1978’s Superman: The Movie. It sees General Zod and his wife Ursa (known as Faora in the DCEU) break out of the Phantom Zone and once again attack the Earth. The twist is that they are not after global conquest this time but are trying to retrieve their son – who is living as Christopher Kent, the adoptive child of Superman and Lois.
Obviously, MoS2 would have to cut Zod out of the picture – but that could actually make it an even stronger, more layered story. That would leave Faora as a lone mother desperately searching for her son because he is all she has in the universe now that Supes has killed her husband. A romance between her and Zod wasn’t established in Man of Steel, but that could be easily rectified with some flashbacks – which would give us more of the brilliant Michael Shannon.
And if Faora isn’t dangerous enough on her own, they could always sling in another alien nasty for her to team up with instead. Maybe even Brainiac...