Whoa! Warner Bros. Officially Announces Batman & Superman Film
It's a shame this surprise is being spoiled before Warner Bros. has a chance to make the announcement, but welcome to the Internet. The LA Times has word that the studio will announce a long-awaited team-up of two DC Comics superheroes with a film that will feature Batman and Superman in a major feature film here at Comic-Con. Details are scarce, but Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is expected to direct with a script from the film's writer David S. Goyer and star Henry Cavill putting on the cape again. However, don't expect Christian Bale to come back as The Dark Knight, as he indicated earlier this year. Read on!
The plan is to release the film in 2015, and there's rumblings that Christopher Nolan might end up producing, but that's not a certainty at this point. For years there have been hopes of a Batman vs. Superman movie, and while we're not sure what the story will entail, the prospect of Supes and The Bat coming together is pretty enticing, and will likely serve as a test to see how a Justice League film might work sometime down the road. It's an interesting move for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment who have struggled to figure out how to bring their own superhero ensemble together, and we'll see how it pans out. If anymore details emerge from the panel later, we'll update this post, so stay tuned.
UPDATE: At the conclusion of the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder was brought out with some kind of announcement regarding the next Superman movie. He tapdanced around the introduction, saying there was one element he could reveal about the film that would give fans an idea of what to expect. And to help out, he brought Man of Steel co-star Harry Lennix to read something that gave the game away. The actor read:
"I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come. In all 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."
For those who don't know, that's an excerpt from The Dark Knight Returns after Batman kicks Superman's ass. And after that was read, this little gem was thrown on the big screens (photo courtesy of Cinema Blend):
That's right. A new Batman and Superman film is officially on the way. A press release says production is expected to begin in 2014 with a release planned in the summer of 2015. Zack Snyder is indeed directing with David S. Goyer writing the screenplay and Henry Cavill back as Superman. The release says a new Batman has yet to be cast, so Christian Bale is definitely not coming back. Stay tuned.