Superman sequel fast-tracked

Ben Arnold
Super sequel... Man of Steel director and writer to make second film (Copyright: Warner)

A sequel to 'Man of Steel' is being fast-tracked by Warner Bros.

Deadline is reporting that Zack Snyder will direct for a second time, and that screenwriter David S. Goyer will be back to pen the script.

It's not yet known what 'Dark Knight' director Christopher Nolan will have to do with the project – he produced 'Man of Steel' – but it's thought he will have a role to play in production.

The move is said to be part of a three-film deal for writer Goyer, the third film of which is thought to be the gestating 'Justice League' project.

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A script for the film was written last year by 'Gangster Squad' writer Will Beall, but was eventually scrapped.

Meanwhile, the first reviews of 'Man of Steel' have started to come in.

Luckily, it appears that the most hotly-anticipated film of year lives up to at least some of the hype.

Slashfilm calls it 'a super film that delivers on all levels', critic Germain Lussier adding: “Zack Snyder has made an epic and heartfelt adventure that successfully reboots the Superman character in a realistic, and humanistic way.”

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The Hollywood Reporter's Tom McCarthy said: “Zack Snyder's huge, backstory-heavy extravaganza is a rehab job that perhaps didn't cry out to be done, but proves so overwhelmingly insistent in its size and strength that it's hard not to give in. Warner Bros' new tentpole should remain firmly planted around the world for much of the summer.”

Not all are sold, however.

Variety's Scott Foundas says: “Clearly designed to do for DC Comics' other most venerable property what Nolan and Goyer's 'Batman Begins' did for the Caped Crusader, this heavily hyped, brilliantly marketed tentpole attraction seems destined to soar with worldwide audiences this summer, even if the humourless tone and relentlessly noisy (visually and sonically) aesthetics leave much to be desired - chiefly, a 'Steel' sequel directed with less of an iron fist.”

Andrew Pulver at the Guardian, meanwhile, felt let down by the relationship between Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

“The whole film ends up feeling weighed down: though Man of Steel bounds from one epic set piece to another, you're left with the nagging feeling that you just can't work out what the central twosome see in each other. And for Superman and Lois Lane, that's hardly ideal,” he says.

The film is out on June 14.