Zack Snyder Reveals “Man of Steel” Sequel To Be Superman & Batman Team-Up
Every year, San Diego Comic-Con is the place for movie news and exclusives to be revealed, usually news that will excite and shock the fans. Yesterday, Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. did just that with the news that the follow-up to the successful, yet controversial, film "Man of Steel" would not be a traditional sequel only focusing on Superman. Instead, it would be the team up that comic fans have been waiting to see in movies for years, Superman and Batman.
"Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder made the announcement in the legendary Hall H that Superman and Batman would be teaming up in DC Comic's next film, that he will be co-writing the story along with David S. Goyer, who will write the screenplay, and also revealed the official logo for the film.
“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.”
Its been no secret that Warner Bros. has been wanting to set up a "Justive League" film to rival Marvel's successful "Avengers" franchise. While it was originally speculated that Warner Bros. was planning to jump into a "Justice League" film, now word is that they will build up to it over the next few years with this movie coming out in 2015 and a Flash movie coming out a year later.
Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in the new film, however the role of Batman has yet to be cast. Christian Bale, who played Batman in the Christopher Nolan "Dark Knight" trilogy, has openly said he will not return to the role. Fans have suggested that Joseph Gordon Levitt would now be Batman, given his character taking over for Bruce Wayne at the end of "The Dark Knight Rises", but Nolan had repeatedly said his Batman films do not exist in the same world as other superheroes like Superman and The Green Lantern.
Production is expected to begin next year, with an official release in 2015. Christopher Nolan, who acted a Producer on "Man of Steel", is expected to return, but in a reduced capacity as an Executive Producer.