Man of Steel Was Supposed to Launch a Five-Part Superman Story

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There are still many questions surrounding the future of Warner Bros.' superhero films, but now more information has surfaced about Zack Snyder's original vision for the DC Extended Universe.

Jay Oliva, who worked as a storyboard artist on Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, revealed on Twitter that Snyder had intended 2013's Man of Steel to be the first chapter in a five-movie Superman story. Based on that original plan, Man of Steel was to be followed by a movie featuring both Superman and Batman, two Justice League films, and then an unknown project.

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While some believe the Dark Knight was a late addition to the Man of Steel follow-up -- what became Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice -- Oliva insisted that Snyder had storyboards featuring Batman, inspired by Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns design, before Henry Cavill's first Superman movie opened.

"Back in April 2013 (before MoS released in June) I was tasked with doing the Superman 75 short," Oliva tweeted. "I met with Zack who was the exec producer on it and he showed me storyboards of BvS with Batman already in it. AND it was a Batman from DKR." He added, "I know this as fact because I was there and I remember it very clearly because I was sad that I may not get the opportunity to work on a film that used Miller’s DKR as an influence."

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Snyder was able to complete the first two chapters of his Superman narrative (with the sequel getting an "Ultimate Edition" to tell its full story), but he departed Justice League, and director Joss Whedon stepped in to complete production. It's clear that Snyder's complete vision for Justice League has yet to be seen, and many fans hope the "Snyder Cut" will one day be released.

(via Screen Rant)

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