For a long while, it was reported that Batman vs. Superman was in actuality a sequel to Man of Steel (albeit one that has Batman in it). It has the same cast, the same director and it’s a direct follow-up to Man of Steel, even dealing with the fallout from that movie. But, if you think Batman vs. Superman is just another Man of Steel movie, Superman himself, Henry Cavill, says you’re wrong.

Cavill, speaking to Entertainment Weekly for their upcoming cover story, says Batman vs. Superman is not a Man of Steel sequel and that we may still get a Man of Steel 2 one day.

As far as the individual character is concerned, this is not a Superman sequel. 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 [...] There’s plenty of time for individual Superman sequels. 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.

At least Cavill is being honest with himself that, at the end of the day, audiences seem to gravitate more towards The Dark Knight than they do the Man of Steel.

With Warner Bros. already having two Justice League films set for 2017 and 2018, it seems unlikely that we’ll actually get a Man of Steel 2 anytime in the near future; and, will Cavill really want to still be playing Superman when he’s 40 years old? (Or, perhaps more to the point, will Warner Bros. still want Cavill to be playing Superman when he’s 40 years old?)

Zack Snyder also spoke in the same EW article saying that when they were developing Batman vs. Superman as more of a straight sequel to Man of Steel, they were looking at Metallo or Brainiac as the film’s villain, but decided to save both of those characters for future movies.

Batman vs. Superman opens in theaters on March 26, 2016.

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