Superman Fans Want a ‘Man of Steel’ Sequel to Be Light and Fun Like ‘Captain America’

Man of Steel was released seven years ago in 2013, and since then, fans have been waiting for another Henry Cavill-led Superman film. But if a sequel is made, some fans think that it would do much better by following the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Captain America movies as a model.

Henry Cavill as Superman
Henry Cavill as Superman | Warner Bros. Studios

Warner Bros. reportedly doesn’t think a ‘Man of Steel’ sequel could work

Cavill’s Superman appeared in ensemble films like Justice League and Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but he has yet to get another stand-alone movie. In recent weeks, there have been reports that Cavill will reprise the role in an upcoming DC film, but nothing has been confirmed.

Fans are hoping to see him in a Man of Steel sequel, but according to Heroic Hollywood, Warner Bros. isn’t interested in making one right now. An inside source, who reportedly has knowledge of Cavill’s talks with the studio, told the outlet that there isn’t enough of demand for Cavill-led superhero movie at the moment.

 “A stand-alone Superman movie would not be successful at this time,” the source said. “Perhaps once there’s more momentum after playing a supporting role in some successful DC films, there would be more of a chance for a stand-alone film.”

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Some Superman fans think the next ‘Man of Steel’ film should be like MCU’s ‘Captain America’ movies

Addressing the idea that a new Superman sequel wouldn’t work, some fans think that if the movie is more like the Captain America films, it would do a lot better. Some suggested the DCEU take a page from the MCU, and make the superhero film lighter.  

“They don’t think a Superman movie can work right now, because the version of Superman they keep trying to push on us is grimdark Man of Steel bullsh*t; when it needs to be more like Captain America,” one fan tweeted. “A man who does good because he believes in it and knows it’s right.”

“A Superman with Chris Evans Captain America personality is what people want,” another Twitter fan wrote. “Until Chris Evans came along Capt. America was one of the corniest characters around.  But the Russos found a way for Cap to keep his purity of being Steve Rogers, but not corny.  Cap is very similar personality-wise to Superman’s personality.”

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Not everyone agrees

While some may think that the DCEU would benefit from making Superman more like Captain America, others completely disagree. Many fans took to Twitter to explain how comparing the two just doesn’t make sense.

“Superman is not Captain America,” one fan tweeted. “Suggesting one should be like the other is a fundamental misunderstanding of both characters.”

“Making Superman into MCU Captain America is the most boring idea ever & it needs to stop because outside of their morals, Superman & Captain America are nothing alike,” another fan wrote on Twitter. “Superman has more in common with Daredevil than Captain America.”

Others pointed out that while both Superman and Captain America are great American superheroes, at their core, they’re very different. Their origin stories and powers shape their personalities, and some fans think the tone of their movies must reflect that.

“Superman, by his nature of being an extra-terrestrial demi-god fundamentally is a very different character from Cap who’s essentially a human war-time hero displaced in time,” one fan explained on Twitter. “So you really can’t use MCU Cap as a model on how to do Superman.”

While it doesn’t look like Warner Bros. has any plans to make a Man of Steel sequel right now, fans will hopefully get to see the caped Kryptonian back on-screen in the DCEU soon.