Warner Bros. has announced a sequel to this year’s “Man of Steel” that will feature Batman in a major way. Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer will return to direct and write, respectively.
Toward the end of Warner Bros. Pictures’ joint panel with Legendary Pictures at Comic-Con International last week, Snyder thanked the fans for the success of “Man of Steel” and confirmed that another Superman movie was on the way.
Snyder then brought Harry Lennix — who played General Swanwick in “Man of Steel” — on stage to read an excerpt from “The Dark Knight Returns,” the influential graphic novel by Frank Millar: “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.”
In the graphic novel, this line is spoken by Bruce Wayne to Clark Kent and suggests that the Batman/Superman movie might not be a simple team-up flick; it’s likely that the two superheroes will be forced to battle it out, with one of them perhaps taking on a semi-villain role. Snyder confirmed that the upcoming film will not be an adaptation of “The Dark Knight Returns,” however.
After Lennix was finished, a logo was revealed for the movie featuring the “Man of Steel”-style Superman emblem superimposed over a redesigned Batman symbol.
Christopher Nolan, director of the hugely successful The Dark Knight trilogy and producer of “Man of Steel,” will serve as an executive producer, but Christian Bale will definitely not return as Bruce Wayne/Batman. A new actor will be chosen to play a different version of the character for DC’s Cinematic Universe, which began with “Man of Steel” and could eventually lead to a “Justice League” movie, which is rumored to be set for 2017. A Flash film is also rumored for 2016.
Although the film is currently untitled, several possible titles have been speculated, including “Batman vs. Superman,” “Batman & Superman,” “Men of Steel” and “World’s Finest.”
Superman and Batman have a long history of teaming up in the DC comic book universe, most recently in “Batman/Superman,” which is written by Grek Pak and illustrated by Jae Lee.
The new movie will be released in 2015.