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– by Anthony Esteves

Have you ever wondered why there has yet to be a direct sequel to Man Of Steel? In just a couple of months, we will be hitting the 5-year mark since the film’s release and there has yet to be any word of another solo Superman story connected to it. Meanwhile, we have seen a fierce confrontation between Big Blue and the Dark Knight, Wonder Woman’s arrival, the formation of the Justice League, an Aquaman film in development, and plenty announcements for future solo adventures for The Flash, Shazam, Green Lantern and the Bat, respectively. Yet, nothing regarding a direct sequel to the film that was touted as the kickoff to the DC Extended Universe. Why?

Thank to Twitter, we have an answer, although it may not be what you expected.

This past Saturday, Jay Oliva, the director behind DC’s animated films Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, and Justice League Dark, responded to a tweet from producer Daniel Alter. Alter stated “If you told me 5 years ago that Man Of Steel still wouldn’t have a sequel, but the whole world would know who The Vision is… I might have thought you insane.” Oliva decided to give some of his insight on the situation, having been the storyboard artist for MOS, BvS, Wonder Woman and Justice League.

“It was never meant to have a sequel,” Oliva tweeted, “because it was supposed to be chapter 1 of a 5 chapter story. Notice how BvS follows exactly after MOS? It’s like book 2 of Harry Potter.” In a follow up response to another tweet, he confirms that the 5 Superman chapters are indeed MOS, BvS, Justice League 1, Justice League 2 and an untitled 5th film. With Zack Snyder seemingly no longer attached to the DCEU, one can only wonder what he had planned in that 5th chapter of the Kryptonian’s arch.

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Jay Oliva has also done work for Marvel, having directed the animated films The Invincible Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Next Avengers: Heroes Of Tomorrow. He has also done storyboards for the MCU’s Ant-Man, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok. You can follow him on Twitter under the handle @jayoliva1.

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