It’s happening DC fans. Warner Bros. just announced at Comic-Con that Batman and Superman will be appearing in the same movie. Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is directing with The Dark Knight trilogy co-writer David S. Goyer in charge of the script. The Superman/Batman movie release date is currently planned for Summer 2015, and most of the Man of Steel cast will be returning. Christian Bale has finished his arc, so a new Batman will be cast (although they probably tried to get him on-board).
Check out the full press release below:
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 Snyder is 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 upcoming film 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 in Summer 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.”
There are a few ways to look at this. Obviously DC fans will be excited that Warner Bros. is expanding the DC Movie Universe after watching Marvel dominate over recent years. Batman and Superman are the most popular DC superheroes so putting them together makes sense, and it will give them more development time before introducing the other Justice League members (Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash) further down the line.
While Christopher Nolan is executive producer on this project, he’ll have less involvement than he did on Man of Steel. Nolan concluded his Batman trilogy this time last year, so for the studio to already be planning a reboot could be seen by some as too soon. People accepted The Amazing Spider-Man but that was 5 years after Spider-Man 3. This new Batman will be 3 years after The Dark Knight Rises. Will audiences be willing to accept a new Bruce Wayne that quickly?