The most important thing that I’m frequently reminded of while writing articles for Revenge of the Fans, it’s that the film business is always in flux. Things seemingly change and morph on a whim. After all, it was only a few months ago that it seemed inevitable that Henry Cavill would be teaming up with Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie to finally make a sequel to Man of Steel. Then as the second half of Summer 2018 treaded along, it became more and more clear that Cavill is unlikely to ever return to the DCU at all.
While it’s hypothetically possible that fans might see the actor return as Clark Kent, recent events have pointed towards Warner Bros ultimately being more interested these days in making a Supergirl film– a film currently designed in such a way that Kara Zor El won’t have to worry about running into her all-grown-up-but-still-younger-cousin anytime soon.
In the meantime, McQuarrie still seems open to the possibility of making a Superman film. When approached by screenwriter Zack Stentz (X-Men: First Class) on Twitter about the possibility of writing a first draft adaptation of Grant Morrison’s acclaimed All-Star Superman comic for the director, McQuarrie replied, “If they ever call me, I’ll call you.”
If they ever call me, I’ll call you.
— Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) September 24, 2018
Unfortunately I personally doubt it ever happens at this point. Aside from Cavill seemingly losing the Superman role, I think the chance for this potential match-up has probably passed by. Fallout was a massive success for the Mission: Impossible franchise and while Tom Cruise may still be in ridiculously great shape for a man of his age, time stops for no one. At this point, I struggle to picture a scenario where Paramount Pictures don’t manage to lockdown McQuarrie for a third turn in the director’s chair for the franchise and strike while the iron’s still hot.
Mind you, I would love to be wrong. The thought of McQuarrie bringing the clever writing and filmmaking bravado that we saw in Rogue Nation and Fallout to the sci-fi world of Superman still has me drooling in delight. After all, those two films both feel so different from one another despite being made by the same writer-director! I genuinely believe McQuarrie has the versatility needed to both respect the cinematic history of Superman that already exists while also offering a new take.
What do you all think? Can this dream team still be salvaged? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!