For those wondering what the ratio of Superman to Batman will be in the upcoming Batman v Superman—that is, whether it’ll be Bruce Wayne guest-starring in a Superman movie, or something more equitable to reflect the title’s double-billing—Henry Cavill wants you to know that this isn’t going to be Man of Steel 2. “As far as the individual character is concerned, this is not a Superman sequel,” says Cavill. “It’s more of an introduction to Batman, an opening to Justice League, and an expansion of the world that was created in Man of Steel.”
Now that’s still about as vague on details as a Las Vegas groom, but it does indicate the intentions behind the movie. Like so many entries in a semi-serialized franchise universe, Batman v Superman will have to multi-task, serving as a narrative bridge as well as (presumably) a full movie in its own right.
So what are the chances for another standalone Man of Steel sequel? There’s no specific date set for one on the DC schedule, but Cavill seems to believe there are good odds we’ll see him fly solo again. “There’s plenty of time for individual Superman sequels,” the actor says. “He’s a tough character to tell. People like the darker vigilante. I think it speaks to the human psyche more easily rather than the god-like being that we can’t really understand. Once we have a more expansive universe we can delve more into the character of Superman and hopefully tell more stories.”