The rumours have been circling in the past few hours that Warner Bros. would use its time at Comic-Con to announce that their next step in the DC Cinematic Universe would be to unite Superman and Batman, and now the prospect of a World’s Finest movie has officially been confirmed.
During the studio’s panel, Zack Snyder took to the stage and thanked the audience for their support with this summer’s blockbuster success, Man of Steel, and went on to talk about the speculation that has been surrounding what a sequel might consist of.
“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 then introduced Harry Lennix, who plays General Swanwick in Man of Steel, saying first, “We’re not adapting this thing, but it is the thing that will help tell this story.”
At this point, Lennix proceeded to read a passage from 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.”
Oh yes. World’s Finest is happening. And you’d better believe it’s going to be incredible.
Out in San Diego, the room went dark, the Superman logo appeared on the screen, and then a big Batman logo appeared behind the S. Amazing! Needless to say, reports have the audience going crazy.
Snyder will co-wrote the story with Man of Steel’s David S. Goyer, and then Goyer will write the screenplay.
Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven will return as producers, and not only that, but Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas will be back on board in executive producer roles.
Henry Cavill will of course be returning as Clark Kent / Superman, with at least Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane returning alongside him. As of yet, Bruce Wayne / Batman is yet to be cast, and we eagerly await news on that front.
Production on this as-yet-untitled World’s Finest / Superman and Batman film is set to begin in 2014, with the studio eyeing a Summer 2015 release date.
With Marvel pretty much dominating the best of the superhero movies for years, it’s nice to see another side finally stepping things up and upping their game, with Warner Bros. launching the long-awaited DC Cinematic Universe.
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.”
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 DC Entertainment 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.
Source: Thanks to Collider for the heads up.