Watchmen’s Damon Lindelof on Working With JJ Abrams on a New Superman Movie

With Henry Cavill potentially set to return to the DCEU as Superman in the not too distant future, many have speculated on whether Cavill will return in a supporting role or whether we’ll finally get to see a Man of Steel 2.

It’s incredible that we still haven’t seen a direct sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2013 Man of Steel movie, but – after it was announced earlier this week that Cavill was in talks to reprise his role as Superman – there’s a fresh optimism among fans that the sequel could finally be heading our way.

While it looks uncertain whether Zack Snyder would return to direct another Superman movie, one potential move that’s being speculated is Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams reuniting in an effort to bring Man of Steel 2 to the big screen.

Damon Lindelof and JJ Abrams at The Milk And Bookies First Annual Story Time Celebration held at The Skirball Cultural Center on February 28, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Milk And Bookies First Annual Story Time Celebration – Inside Skirball Cultural Center Los Angeles, CA United States February 28, 2010 Photo by Alexandra Wyman/ To license this image (17175276), contact

Talking to, Lindelof said it was flattering to hear his name being considered for the job, but admitted the idea of working on a Superman movie was incredibly daunting.

“It’s immensely flattering to even be considered for … I think that obviously he’s up there with Batman and the two kind of the big two. It’s incredibly daunting.”

“I think the challenge with Superman is always going to be what does Superman mean in the contemporary framework? For a character, for a culture that’s basically moved into this sphere of antiheroes, how do you make space for Superman who is sort of the original superhero?”

One thing Lindelof wanted to make clear was how he’d love to see a J.J. Abrams Superman movie and how the director had once penned his own script for the Last Son of Krypton.

“But it’s interesting that you mentioned J.J. because long before I worked with him on Lost, J.J. actually wrote a Superman script that never got made for a variety of reasons mostly of which I think is like that Wolfgang Petersen was trying to make a Superman Versus Batman movie.”

“They were also trying to do JLA. This was all before Chris Nolan came in and basically took over Batman, et cetera, but it all kind of just got lost in the wash. He’s had a long-term obsession with Superman. I guess what I would say is I would love to see a J.J. Superman movie, but I don’t have a take on the character that would be better than that.”

A J.J. Abrams Superman movie has been in the rumour mill ever since the director signed a deal with Warner Bros last year, but as things stand, the only DC Comics property he’s set to work on is a Justice League Dark movie.

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