Geoff Johns Talks Next Superman Movie

In an interview with Collider.com, Geoff Johns explained that everyone at Warner Bros. loves Superman and wants to see the character return for a direct sequel to the Snyder film:

“Look, working with Walter Hamada and Toby [Emmerich] over there at [Warner Bros.] Pictures they feel the same way. Everyone loves Superman and knows how important Superman is. It’s not in my wheelhouse now to really say anything beyond that but…I got into this business because of Superman: The Movie because Dick Donner directed what I think is still an amazing superhero film but an amazing film — it’s an American film, it’s a classic.”

When discussing the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel Johns confirms he and director Patty Jenkins looked back to the 1978 film once again:

“We always go back to it. Patty Jenkins and I went back to it when we were writing Wonder Woman 2, you always go back to it and look at that movie. He captured the spirit of Superman so well. It’s what got me into this.”

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afriend
afriend(@afriend)
July 28, 2018 8:59 am

It’s a very definite maybe…

Phresh
Phresh(@phresh)
July 28, 2018 9:20 am

They’re making a sequel to wonder woman even before making one for the Man of Steel?! Words fail me.

afriend
afriend(@afriend)
July 28, 2018 9:43 am
Reply to  Phresh

Combination of money and acclaim; while I’m certainly not arguing that they’re not in the black, but the reception was lukewarm. Wonder Woman was apparently one of the greatest comic book films in the history of the world.

redcape
redcape(@redcape)
July 28, 2018 12:33 pm
Reply to  afriend

Wonder Woman was given high fives over the amount it made and gushed over because of it’s female director. The movie itself was quite pedestrian. Plus it was an origin movie and they seem to always get graded on a somewhat softer scale than sequels. They went out of their way to make sure it had nothing that could have been considered controversial. Mission accomplished!

afriend
afriend(@afriend)
July 28, 2018 1:52 pm
Reply to  redcape

I liked WW well enough, I prefer Linda Carter in the lead role though. But not being the devotee to the character like I am to others, I couldn’t tell where they got too far away from the source mythology. I’d rate it on its own a solid 7.5 or 8 out of 10.

redcape
redcape(@redcape)
July 28, 2018 12:42 pm

This is still saying nothing regarding continuing with this character. It’s depressing at best not to have a commitment regarding a MoS sequel. While I look forward to the WB/DC movies that are on the way, without Superman in the mix, my excitement level is not what I would call peaked where it would be knowing that a Superman sequel is on it’s way as well.

SupermanArmy
SupermanArmy(@supermanarmy)
July 28, 2018 6:08 pm
Reply to  redcape

No announcement of a new movie at Comic Con combined with rumors of difficulties in reaching a new contract between WB and Henry Cavill have put a damper on my enthusiasm for a MOS sequel. If nothing definite is announced by New York Comic-Con, I’m not going to care when the next Superman movie is made.
Watching this interview is annoying because Johns is not able to say anything definitive. Do we have a script? Is the movie in pre-production?

sundevil82
sundevil82(@sundevil82)
July 29, 2018 5:58 pm
Reply to  SupermanArmy

I’m hoping the reception to MI:Fallout helps with the negotiations. I think the team of Cavill and McQuarrie is what WB needs to lockdown. They should pay McQuarrie whatever he wants to direct.

s-shield
s-shield(@s-shield)
July 28, 2018 2:20 pm

ARTICLE TITLE: Geoff Johns Talks Next Superman Movie
INTERVIEWER: Are they making another Superman movie?
GEOFF JOHNS: I dunno…
ME: Good article

Superman2878
Superman2878(@spidey2878)
July 28, 2018 7:39 pm

So basically it’s ” we want to make a movie, but we don’t know when we should make one.” Am I understanding this correctly?

Superman2878
Superman2878(@spidey2878)
July 28, 2018 7:50 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

Perhaps it’s a hush hush thing that they’re doing. Maybe they don’t want to make an announcement until Aquaman is in theaters. I don’t know, I’m only guessing.

Jpx98
Jpx98(@jpx98)
July 28, 2018 9:55 pm

That’s not even the half of it, Aquaman is getting a movie before Superman gets a 2nd new movie, and Wonder Woman just had her 1st movie what a year ago, and is already getting a 2nd one, and if they love Superman so much why hasn’t there been a new movie since what was it 2012, while again Batman has 4 if you count Batman vs Superman, Then Wonder Woman, now Aquaman. Not that I don’t like either Aquaman or Wonder Woman, I do, but why, if they love Superman so much, why is it taking 6 years and… Read more »

redcape
redcape(@redcape)
July 28, 2018 11:20 pm
Reply to  Jpx98

Well for us it’s about the character(s). But for the makers it’s about money. Making these movies is expensive. A few million dollars profit is not worth the effort. I think the WB is still looking for that diamond. These superhero movies are slowly going in the same direction that all movies that revolve around the same theme go towards. You can name any style of movies that Hollywood has played off of and eventually they run out of content or the audience starts looking the other direction. It will happen with these superhero themed movies. I like the rest,….… Read more »

cpm72586
cpm72586(@cpm72586)
July 30, 2018 12:09 am
Reply to  Jpx98

Because audience reception to this Superman has been lukewarm at best, and all three of the films he’s appeared in under-performed to varying degrees. It’s really that simple. Like you, I feel it should be a pretty easy decision to green light a Superman movie, but it’s not right now because Snyder, and Cavill simply didn’t deliver the goods. Geoff Johns is obviously a big fan of the character. Certainly a fan of the first Reeve film. Not saying we need something like the Reeve version, but Johns must look at the Snyder/Cavill version, and know just how broken it… Read more »

afriend
afriend(@afriend)
July 30, 2018 11:39 am
Reply to  cpm72586

I’ll write and direct for $1 each (plus a healthy percentage) 🙂

Clark_Jo
Clark_Jo(@clark_jo)
July 29, 2018 11:26 am

He danced around the answer and gave a very political “there’s nothing to say” type answer.
“Yes, it’s important, I agree, we all agree that it’s important.”
If this were politics, and this were an answer to a political issue, any politician would be slammed for this type of answer.

Phresh
Phresh(@phresh)
July 29, 2018 4:13 pm
Reply to  Clark_Jo

Exactly.

Kal-Ed
Kal-Ed(@kal-ed)
July 30, 2018 7:01 am
Reply to  Clark_Jo

The only time time politicians tell the truth is when they call each other liars. 😀
In show biz, the process to make a new film will take long to gestate depending if the people involved will indeed take the time and energy and get to go for another round. I believe a Superman sequel will take just as long and the general fans and public alike will lose interest.

sundevil82
sundevil82(@sundevil82)
July 29, 2018 6:26 pm

It is kind of annoying that there’s not even definitive plans. I think if you lock down a solid director and writer combo, declare that it’s a stand alone sequel and go in a new direction people will get excited again. People will go see it IF the movie is good. I’m pushing back once again on this whole notion that people can’t relate to the character or that he’s outdated or hard to write for. Make A good movie along with a quality written character and good development , people will come see the movie.

redcape
redcape(@redcape)
July 31, 2018 12:45 pm

Here’s a couple of other issue that may play into this as well. The Justice League left some glaring unanswered questions on the table. Such as Clark Kent back from the dead. And Superman as well for that matter. Simply “just happened” and for the most part no explanations or much story around that. So that’s going to be quite a challenge with the story line in a MoS sequel. And coming up with something credible is going to be a major challenge. The hold up may be how they’re going to proceed with this. Do you ignore the JL… Read more »

sundevil82
sundevil82(@sundevil82)
July 31, 2018 3:38 pm
Reply to  redcape

I would prefer they just imply a bit of a time jump and not reference the death and return at all just so the movie isn’t hindered by that. There can be a reference to it, but the movie should stand on its own IMO. Not that I don’t want it to be referenced or touched upon ever again, but it was just handled so badly in JL that I don’t want it to be a focal point in yet another film in this series. I just want a straight up Superman movie that doesn’t rely on any body else’s… Read more »

Super El
Super El(@super-el)
July 31, 2018 9:54 pm

Can’t we atleast get a proper live action series?

There literally hasn’t been a proper Superman live action series since the 1990’s. Smallville just danced around the issue entirely and Supergirl isn’t about Supes.

kal-bert
kal-bert(@kal-bert)
August 1, 2018 3:08 pm
Reply to  Super El

And you won’t see a Superman live action series until Supergirl is gone.