Warner Bros. & Zack Snyder Announce Superman/Batman Movie
At long last, and to the liking of many a fanboy across the world, at San Diego’s Comic-Con yesterday, Warner Bros. and Man of Steel director Zack Snyder officially announced the inevitable: Superman and Batman will simultaneously grace the big screen in 2015. The news comes fresh off the heels of the great – and still ongoing – box office success of Snyder’s Man of Steel. Henry Cavill will return to suit up as the Man of Steel, and the actor who will play Batman has yet to be cast. Hit the jump to read more.
Zack Snyder took the lectern yesterday at the famed Hall H yesterday and proclaimed to fans, “some shit’s gonna happen up here”. Snyder went on to thank fans for their ongoing support of his vision of Superman and addressed that there is obviously much speculation on where he, David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan, and the studio will take the character next:
It’s official that we are gonna make another Superman movie. The truth is you don’t want me to tell you what the movie’s about, but I can say that maybe there’s a single element that will be in the film that I could help you out with…
Snyder continued to introduce Harry Lennix – who played General Swanwick in MOS – to the lectern in order to read a passage from one of the most famed graphic novels of all time: Frank Miller’s 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 my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.
The room went black and the Superman logo appeared on the screen, followed by a black Batman logo appearing directly behind it.
As a huge fan of Superman, and an even bigger fan of Batman, I can admit that this is the film that I’ve waited my entire life to see. This should also come as no surprise, but what is surprising is how quickly the studio has decided to do it. What can officially be said is that Zack Snyder, David S. Goyer, and Christopher Nolan will be returning as director/writer/producer, and Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne will return to reprise their roles. Dark Knight star Christian Bale has repeatedly said that he will not be donning the cape and cowl for a fourth time, but I can’t see anyone else in that role. Bale is the quintessential Bruce Wayne, and the most talented and accomplished actor to play Batman. I’ll be very interested to see who the studio chooses to take up the mantle.
Below is a low-res shot of the new logo and a press release issued by Warner Bros.
NEXT DC SUPER HERO MOVIE IN PRE-PRODUCTION
Director Zack Snyder Unites Superman and Batman in One Explosive New Film
BURBANK, CA, July 20, 2013 – On the heels of the worldwide success of “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyderis 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 upcomingfilm 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 inSummer 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 DCEntertainment 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.
Here is a fan-made rendering of the new logo:
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