(photo via Eric Vespe)
Update: Warner Bros. has officially confirmed that the next Superman movie will also include Batman. Zack Snyder made the announcement during the studio's Comic-Con panel that he will be returning to the DC Comics franchise to helm what was treated like a Man of Steel sequel. Henry Cavill will be back as Superman/Clark Kent, while Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are on board to reprise their parts as Lois Lane, Perry White and Martha Kent. Batman has not yet been cast.
Snyder is collaborating on the story with Davis S. Goyer, who will script the film. Christopher Nolan will executive produce. Also, a certain line spoken to Superman by Batman from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns comics -- "I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you" -- was quoted and said to be informing the movie. For more info, check out the full text of Warner's press release down below.
With not much time left before the big Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con, it would appear their big surprise has been revealed: instead of Man of Steel 2, we're getting a Superman and Batman team-up movie in 2015, with a Flash movie in 2016 and a Justice League film in 2017. It's a move that makes complete sense (something I predicted would happen back in June). Unlike what Marvel is doing, Warner Bros. realizes it has two giant properties in Superman and Batman, and rather than reboot both and start over or introduce a bunch of other solo heroes, the studio is jumping right into the team-up game with a duo of all-stars who are more than capable of wreaking havoc at the box office.
The strategy also helps differentiate DC from what Marvel is doing, allowing DC to play around with different variations of the team-up movie, perhaps using Batman or Superman again in a cameo fashion for the Flash movie before reuniting all of them in 2017 for a Justice League film. This probably means no solo Man of Steel sequel, but in the age of the team-up movie, these solo sequels will need to adjust accordingly.
Unfortunately there are no other details yet, but we expect the team of Zack Snyder (director) and David S. Goyer (writer) to be returning to tackle the Superman/Batman movie, and then probably Justice League too. Henry Cavill will be back as Superman, but who's gonna play Batman? What will it be about? Will it also be a Batman origin story? Will it connect in any way to Christopher Nolan's Batman movies? These are just a few of the many questions we have about this movie, and hopefully some of them will be answered this weekend at Comic-Con.
Stay tuned for more updates, but in the meantime let us know what you think. Good idea? Bad idea?
[via Hero Complex]
NEXT DC SUPER HERO MOVIE IN PRE-PRODUCTION
Director Zack Snyder Unites Superman and Batman in One Explosive New Film
BURBANK, CA, July 20, 2013 – On the heels of the worldwide success of “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyder is bringing together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time—Batman and Superman—for the first time on the big screen. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution,Warner Bros. Pictures.
The current hit, “Man of Steel,” has taken in more than $630 million at the worldwide box office to date, and climbing. Along with its star, Henry Cavill, the upcoming film brings back Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. The new Batman has yet to be cast.
Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in Summer 2015.
Silverman stated, “Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he’s a fan first and he utterly gets this genre. We could not think of anyone better suited to the task of bringing these iconic Super Heroes to the screen in his own way.” Kroll added, “We are thrilled to be back in business with Zack and his team on this next movie. The success of ‘Man of Steel’ is a wonderful testament to the love and support that both fans and new audiences, worldwide, have for these characters. We are very excited to see what Zack has in store for all of us.”
[press release via The Film Stage]