WB Announces Superman/Batman MovieBy: Jay
Today at the Sand Diego Comic Con Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures joint panel the two companies presented a rundown of their upcoming movies, with Godzilla and Seventh Son from Legendary and 300: Rise of an Empire, Gravity, and The LEGO Movie from Warner Bros. But the big news came from Warner Bros. with the announcement that 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.
Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill, who made surprise appearances at Comic-Con today, broke the news to audiences there.
"I know there's been a lot of speculation about what we're doing," Snyder said. "It is official that we're going to make another Superman movie." He teased that "there's one particular part of the film I might be able to help you out with."
Harry Lennox from "Man of Steel" joined the panel to read something. "We're not adapting this thing," Snyder said, "but it will help us tell you something."
"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," Lennox read,
quoting Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. "I want you
to remember the one man who beat you."
Then, on the screen, a Superman shield within a Bat symbol behind it was shown. With nothing more to be said, the panel wrapped.
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 reunites Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and
Diane Lane. The movie will also star a new Batman that has yet to be
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 the Summer of 2015. This time table answers the rumors that Warner Bros. wanted to fast track a Man of Steel sequel for 2014 and a Justice League movie for the Summer of 2015.
Warner Bros. released a press release today from Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution,Warner Bros. Pictures, announcing the movie.
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 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.
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