San Diego Comic-Con News - DC Announces Superman And Batman Movie Team-up

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unofficial fan-made image via sahinduezguen
Without a doubt, the biggest bombshell at this year's San Diego Comic-Con was the announcement by Warner Bros./DC about the follow-up to Man of Steel. We already knew WB had begun plans for a Man of Steel sequel, but it was pure speculation about what form it might take.

Now we know! The (as yet) untitled sequel will finally, at long last, feature the two most storied superheroes in history - Batman and Superman!

It's really hard to overstate the importance of this news in terms of pop culture and movie history. Having these two characters in the same movie is a dream fans have had for decades, and now it's finally happening. Can you believe the two comic book legends have never appeared on screen together in a live-action feature film?

The Big Announcement

Despite the enormity of the news, Warner Bros. didn't divulge too many details about the movie at the presentation on Saturday (7-20-13). Here's how it went down, according to reports. After presentations by Warner Bros. for its upcoming movies - 'Gravity', the Tom Cruise starrer 'Edge of Tomorrow', and 'The Lego Movie',  Man of Steel director Zack Snyder took the stage and explained what's been going on behind-the-scenes -

“I know there’s been a lot of speculation about what we’re doing. It’s official that we are going to make another Superman movie.… I sort of pored through the DC universe to look for a way to tell this thing … and I came across a thing that I feel sort of sums it up.”

Inspiration For The Superman/Batman Movie

Then Snyder introduced actor Harry Lennix (Gen. Swanwick in MoS). Lennix read a passage from the groundbreaking graphic novel by Frank Miller - Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

“I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember your hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”

Then Snyder said -

“We’re not adapting this thing [the graphic novel], but it is the thing that will help us tell that story.”

Then the lights went down, and an opening title sequence appeared on the huge screen above the stage. First, the Superman logo appeared, and then the Batman symbol slowly appeared behind it, and countless geekasms ensued.

Movie critic Eric Vespe snapped the pic below, which shows the logo pretty clearly.

If you want an ultra-detailed record of the proceedings, jump over to FirstShowing.

What's Known About The 'Man of Steel' Sequel 

  • Henry Cavill will return as Superman
  • Zack Snyder is directing
  • David S. Goyer  (MoS, The Dark Knight Rises) will pen the script
  • Christopher Nolan will have some involvement, probably executive producer
  • Most of the main cast from MoS will return
  • Apparently, Superman and Batman will be more like adversaries than best buds in their first cinematic meetup
  • Production will start in early 2014
  • Opening day will be in summer of 2015

The Huge Unknown

Who will wear the Batsuit and usher in a new era for The Caped Crusader? Is there any chance Christian Bale will suit up one more time? Not likely, if we take his previous statements seriously. I think Bale is ready to close the Dark Knight chapter of his career, and I think WB wants to start fresh. In fact, the press release that accompanied the announcemsnt included an interesting quote from Snyder -

“Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world."

Did you catch that? "...and our new Batman..."

So, it's pretty much a sure thing that some actor out there is about to win the role of lifetime.

Who's your number 1 choice to play Batman?

Let me know what you think of this news from Comic-Con. Do you think this Superman/Batman team-up is the right strategy for Warner Bros. to take?

Thanks to HeroComplex
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