Update #2: It’s confirmed, folks. Announced at the tail end of the Legendary panel at Comic Con. Official statement is below.
The film is reportedly “inspired by” (but won’t be a direct adaptation of) The Dark Knight Returns. Man of Steel actor Harry Lennix came on stage to read a bit of dialogue from the graphic novel, of Batman speaking to Superman:
“I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.”
Things between the two heroes might get a little tense.
Update #1: Eric Vespe from Ain’t It Cool News seems to be confirming via Twitter:
There you go. Superman and Batman together in next movie. pic.twitter.com/cw6IuRG6TO
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) July 20, 2013
It’s looking pretty official now.
Original Story: Rumors have been swirling this morning from The Hollywood Reporter and The Los Angeles Times that a Superman & Batman movie would be unveiled at San Diego Comic Con today. Variety is reporting the same. Confirmation will hopefully come from Warner Bros. during a panel today at Comic Con.The film is reportedly set for a 2015 release with Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300, Watchmen) directing, David S. Goyer writing and Christopher Nolan producing, which is the same trinity of people that brought Man of Steel to the big screen. Rejoice or complain accordingly.
According to earlier reports on the future of the Batman franchise, Christian Bale won’t be returning as the Dark Knight (which makes sense in the current film fiction). Henry Cavill, on the other hand, will don the Superman cape once again.
Supposedly, the plan for Zack Snyder is for the Superman and Batman movie to be followed up with a Flash movie in 2016 and a Justice League movie in 2017. This would follow a similar path to what Marvel did with The Avengers, which most people assume is exactly what Warner Bros. is chasing.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of Superman, who first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938.
CONFIRMED: Official statement from Warner Bros. via IGN:
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.” Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment, noted,“Superman and Batman together on the big screen is a dream come true for DC fans everywhere. All of us at DC Entertainment could not be more excited for Zack’s continuing vision for the DC Universe.”
Zack Snyder, who made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con today, breaking the news to audiences there, later said, “I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.”The new film brings back Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder as producers. This time, Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers, along with Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan.Thomas offered, “Whilst our Dark Knight trilogy is complete, we have every confidence that Zack’s fresh interpretation will take the character in a new and exciting direction. His vision for Superman opened the door to a whole new universe and we can’t wait to see what Zack does with these characters.” The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.
If you want to know what our movie experts thought of Man of Steel, you can watch them discuss it in our Reel Genius video. This might also be a good time to remind you that if you’re caught near a tornado, do not do what Man of Steel implies you should do.