Now that a report from The Wrap has confirmed Man of Steel 2. I'm going to throw out a few of ideas of what WB/DC should do to help create a solid sequel to Man Of Steel. Assume Synder would logically have his hands full with JL2 as stated in several articles, so I doubt Zack would have time to come back. At the most he would be an executive producer. Especially if WB lucks up and JL is a smash hit with critics and fans.
The Director: (Choice 1)
In order to make a great comicbook film, you need to have a great director that embraces the comics and yet has their own vision for the material. Which is why WB/DC should/could pull off one of the greatest media coups by hiring....
Jon Favreau: King Of The MCU
Back up the money truck WB/DC and hire the man that started the MCU rolling with Iron Man. Yes, this would an amazing idea. If you've seen the Jungle Book then you know this guy clearly still has the touch, and he is a man that both fans & critics love. Jon's Jungle Book was a dark take on Roger Kipling's source material, yet it was enjoyable enough for mainstream audiences it made $941 million off of a $175 million budget. Unlike with Iron Man 2, WB would have no need to rush Jon in development of this film as Man of Steel 2 doesn't even have a release date as of yet. WB could totally throw an "IN YOUR FACE ****" move to the MCU by picking up the MCU's Grandpappy. :D
The Director: (Choice 2)
Not sold on that idea? Alright, maybe WB needs to do what some of these other franchises have done and simply pull out the OLE....
JJ Abrams: King Of The Soft Franchise Reboot
This would be another director that would cost a bundle as Abrams is very much in demand. With Star Trek & Star Wars under his belt: Abrams clearly has a keen eye for picking up on previously made material, giving the fans what they want, pleasing the critics, making boat loads of money, and boosting the overall quality of a franchise. If DC is serious about scoring clear hits, Abrams would be a man to rely on. Not only could Abrams give Ole Supes a fresh spit shinning, but Abrams is savvy enough to keep the constants of what fans want in their big tent pole movies while mixing in his own unique spin.
The Director: (Choice 3)
"Luke, I want a new face, not the same ole guys that I've seen before. Give me someone proven, but fairly fresh to the Tent Pole Movie Game." Alright, well then here's your guy(s) right here...
Chad Stahelski & David Leitch: Kings Of Action
"Wait Luke, WTF? What do these guys know about making Superhero movies?" Well not only have these guys been 2nd unit directors on The Wolverine & work out stunts on Iron Man 2, but they also help in a major way on Captain America Civil War. These guys know action, and they genuinely have a passion for working on Comicbook films. After showing they can not only balance gritty with a sense of fun & humor in John Wick. It's high time these guys had a crack at their own Superhero Film.
The Villain: (Choice 1)
Comic films can be often defined by their villains, an outstanding villain can keep the audience engaged and invested in the actual plot. Superman has one of the best rouges galleries of all time, here's 3 suggestions I think the WB brain-trust should use for MOS 2.
Lobo: A Cat & Mouse Game With High Stakes & Fun
The Pitch: After Luthor gained much insight into the universe and pledged his loyalty to Darksied. Due to the events of Justice League Part 1(I'm guessing) the dimensional/boom tube lock seems to be sealed and the JL seems triumphant. The young Luthor breaks out of prison and into Star Labs, to reach out and contact Lobo the Intergalactic bounty hunter. Luther promises Darkseid will reward Lobo if he fulfills a contract to take out the Man Of Steel and steal a mother box. Lobo agrees to work for Darkseid, but basically says "I don't work under pipsqueek middle men." Then proceeds to rip off young Luthor's head. A mysterious figure contacts Superman and warns him of Lobo.(turns out it's Lex Luthor senior). Although Lex Luthor senior(the real Lex Luthor, played by Jon Hamm doesn't trust Superman, he sees clearly Lobo & Darksied are much more dangerous).
The Villain: (Choice 2)
Maybe the villain should go in another direction, something that can comment on the state of Superhero movies themselves....
Livewire: The Media Critic Puts Up Her Dukes
The Pitch: Famed News Commentator & Reality TV Star LeslieWillis(think SWJ on steroids, Female Trump, & every internet comment section) sets her sights on the Man of Steel after he returns from the dead in JL. "How can we trust this Superman? I thought he was Dead? These Superheros cause too much destruction. Why does WW have to dress like a stripper? Batman doesn't have to dress like that. Why should they be allowed to kill? How come he doesn't smile more? What a moppy emo D-Bag."
After an accident in which Superman tries to save Leslie from a helicopter crash and she & Superman are electrocuted by a fallen power-line. Leslie(Livewire) uses her media savvy and new found powers(uses her electrical ablities to take over social media) to turn the world against Superman and the JL. The climax is she runs for president on a platform of wanting to reign powered people in. She has powers, but Superman and no one else would know it at first. Clark Kent & Lois will use their skills as reporters to learn that Leslie has been manipulating social media over the internet using her electrical ablities and causing disasters to set Superman up for failure to make him look bad.
A key funny moment in the film is when Clark is investigating and clicks on a popular site called Rotten Powers, in which heroes are critiqued and judged/scored. The moment would also open the door for many others heroes such as Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, , Black Canary, Green Arrow, Batgirl, Justice League members like Flash/Aquman, along with some notable others would also be on the list to confirm their existence.
The Villain(s): (Choice 3)
Toy Man & Metallo: REVENGE!!!!!
The Pitch: Due to the events of MOS, Batman v Superman, and Justice League former Lex Corp employee & Luthor loyalist Winslow Schott blames Superman for the downfall of his Lex Corp and his financial ruining. John Corben is a broken man who lost his family during MOS 1. He is in search of answers and full of pain. Due to the events of MOS he is broken inside and out. His body is ravaged from the destruction and he also lost his fellow survivor and best friend in Batman v Superman(Wallace Keefe-aka Wheelchair bomb guy). Winslow finds John who's brain type is a perfect match for his destructive cyborg design: "Metallo". Together they will reign down revenge on the Man Of Steel and his allies.
That's my thoughts on which directors and villains they should use and why. Give me your thoughts!!!