Zack Snyder’s 2013 Person of Metal was generally supposed to kick off a shared universe of DC superhero motion pictures. And looking at it right now, it still feels like a genuinely reliable basis for just that. It is a “first contact” movie in several techniques, properly showcasing how humanity reacts to somebody extra than human arriving in their midst, and Snyder’s signature fashion is tempered considerably by an just about Nolan-esque persistence and approach to the worldbuilding all around Superman.

Regrettably, Person of Metal was critically divisive, and “only” took in $668 million at the around the globe box business. A additional than respectable blockbuster determine, but Warner Bros. execs experienced visions of the magic billion greenback quantity dancing in their heads soon after Marvel’s Avengers results the past summer season, and whatsoever preliminary ideas there ended up for Guy of Metal 2 were being rapidly scuttled in favor of a far more intense team-constructing strategy that would quickly monitor a Justice League motion picture. How quickly? Perfectly, Male of Steel opened on June 14, 2013 but by July 20, 2013 the studio introduced that Gentleman of Steel 2 would in fact introduce Batman.

Of system, we would come to know that movie as the even additional divisive Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but at the time, enthusiasts were pleased that Gentleman of Metal 2 was a actuality, regardless of its Gotham Town visitor star. But as quite a few have suspected, that wasn’t the initial strategy for the sequel, and Zack Snyder has been chatting about where his Superman films could have gone were they not conscripted into the services of hustling the Justice League to the significant display screen.

“We talked about a Brainiac movie,” Snyder informed BroBible. Brainiac would have been a natural option for the sequel, taking into consideration how a lot worldbuilding and treatment was accomplished on Krypton in the to start with film. At the time, Brainiac experienced in no way been accomplished properly in reside motion (it remains the wonderful skipped option of the Christopher Reeve era, also), and it wasn’t until 2018’s Krypton Television set collection that we got a proper look at a single of Superman’s most effective baddies in stay motion.