Russell Crowe Talks Planned 'Man Of Steel' Sequels That Never Happened

To get an idea of how quickly Warner Bros. is trying to slap together their DC Cinematic Universe, consider the original plan following 2013's Man of Steel. It wasn't to leap into a heroic showdown in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but to follow the further solo adventures of Henry Cavill's Clark Kent. In fact, a sequel was green lit and sped into production to follow on the film's relative success.  Ahhhh, remember the days when Man of Steel looked like a hit? 

"I feel like you need to get Superman a little further down the road before you can do a Justice League movie.... All I’m saying is that you’ve got to get Superman further down the road," Zack Snyder said that year. Turns out they never went down that road. They never even got out of the garage before blowing the door down with an explosion of upcoming superhero flicks. 

But Russell Crowe in a conversation with Digital Spy, recalls that there were supposed to be Man of Steel sequels first before all of this Justice League stuff went down. It also explains why he wasn't asked to return as Jor-El in 'Batman v Superman'...

"Originally — I could be completely wrong — I think there was a number of Superman movies. But I think they made the decision to jump past those and go to the idea of Batman and Superman in the same film. So, no, I didn’t have any discussions about that at all."

Frankly, I think they screwed up by not continuing to tell Superman's story for a while, especially since they were charting such a new direction for the character. What's done is done, and there's still a chance more sequels could happen at some point if Warner Bros. gets their act together.