Superman and Batman Join Forces in MAN OF STEEL Sequel Set for 2015 Release; Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, and Henry Cavill Expected to Return

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This was inevitable, but sooner than I anticipated: Superman and Batman will team up in a live-action movie in 2015!  Warner Bros. will develop the project as a sequel to Man of Steel, so Henry Cavill will return as Clark Kent/Superman.  Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer, the director/writer team behind Man of Steel, are expected to reprise their roles for the follow-up.  Christopher Nolan is also expected to return as a producer, though it is unclear how involved he will be this time around.

This raises many questions.  Does this put the Justice League movie on hold indefinitely?  [Update: No.  WB is also planning for Flash in 2016 and Justice League in 2017.  Details here.]  After all, why force Green Lantern in there when you have the two biggest superheroes in the world in the forefront?  Christian Bale has no plans to return to Batman, so who will star opposite Cavill?  Is this where Joseph Gordon-Levitt steps in?  Luckily, Warner Bros. plans to announce the project at their Comic-Con panel that starts in about 10 minutes.  Check back soon for our full recap of the panel for more details. [Update 2: We added the press release after the jump with more details.  Click here for our description of the panel announcement.]

A few details to note:

  • Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane will return with Cavill.
  • The new Batman has not been cast.
  • Snyder will co-write the story with Goyer.
  • Production is scheduled in 2014 for a Summer 2015 release.
  • Nolan will executive produce with Emma Thomas, Benjamin Melniker, and Michael E. UslanCharles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producers.

Here’s the press release:

NEXT DC SUPER HERO MOVIE IN PRE-PRODUCTION

Director Zack Snyder Unites Superman and Batman in One Explosive New Film

man-of-steel-poster-henry cavillBURBANK, 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.

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  • Rick

    Wait, really? Is this a late April Fool’s joke? I’m not seeing this being reported anywhere else.

    • Nolan Is a Hack Fraud Scumbag

      Nope. It’s just further proof Nolan morphed into a complete prostitute when he made Rises. I called it beotches. Nolan be whoring. You cannot stop Chris Nolan from whoring. “This is derp, the conclusion to my story, derp, of derpman.. I mean batman, and I will never sign off on a new batman film, a derp a derp a tiddly derp derp.” What a punk beotch.

      • Chris Nolan Super Hack

        Since my predictions have thus far been flawless (predicted Man of Steel’s critical lambasting from the moment of Rises release in theatres, as many who frequent this site can attest), I will now predict, and will link back to this article in subsequent news releases regarding this film: Christian Bale will reprise his role as Batman. Rises was complete product, made without artistic merit or consideration, and Nolan never intended it to be the final batman film, further proven by today’s announcement. I expect Strong Enough et, al and everyone who ever disparaged me on this boards to issue an apology once the news is announced. Thank you and from now on try to pay heed to the words of your betters in the future.

      • Victor Pleitez

        Dude i don’t care on your thoughts about the last batman movies, but couldnt you wait untill after WB announced Bale’s reprise for his role of batman. This is just silly. :/

      • Alex Hajna

        And when you’re wrong? You’re gonna link back to this when they announce the casting of the new Batman to admit your erroneous words?

        You better.

  • Jackassman

    I wait for the official announcement, because this is just too good to be true.

    • Strong Enough

      well you got it jackass

      • Chris Nolan Hack Scum

        Strong Enough to be a dick? You never did give me an apologize once I was proven right about Man of Steel being a critical failure. I guess you lack the integrity necessary for such actions.

      • Strong Enough

        Still butthurt Man of steel was a success and is getting a sequel? HA!

      • Victor Pleitez

        I will admit im kind of hurt over the fact Goyer is still screen writing the whole thing. He’s work on MOS kept it from being a great film.

      • Strong Enough

        and who gives a fuck about your opinion?….. NO ONE! YAY!

  • Jimmy

    Herocomplex said it came from unnamed sources…. whatever the case, it will supposedly by announced this morning, so I guess we won’t have to wait long to find out.

    This makes the most sense to me: definitely better to go for a Batman/Superman movie to start before jumping straight into Justice League.

  • http://villings.tumblr.com/ [A]

    Not Snyder and Goyer again.. no good will come from that. Ever.

  • NICK НΛRT

    omg i really hope this is actually true

  • Tey

    Release it December 2015! I don’t want to share Summer with The Avengers fanboys.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Best of luck to them i guess, I don’t think Justice League would have worked so soon. My big fear is that its a Batman Origin story with Superman thrown in the mix.

    I still wish we could get Marvel Team up movies like this. A Hulk and Thor go exploring movie would be pretty fun if they put them on the right planet.

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  • Lex

    I don’t see any way the standard Batman/Superman relationship can occur after how they handled supes in M.O.S. Superman is usually the lawful conscience who tries to keep Batman’s antics in check but after … (SPOILERS)

    …destroying Smallville and Metropolis and snapping a dude’s neck, supes is about as far from the law as you can get.

  • Lance

    Christopher James Nolan… for the win!

    His haters can’t stop him.

    • Nolan be a ho

      His haters can’t stop him from being a soulless money whore who sold out and became a lazy bitch who shat out Rises, then man of steel, and now plans to shat on the legacy of The Dark Knight by ruining his so- called “epic” conclusion, which was a bad enough farce as it is. Sweet, sweet vindication. Any apology forthcoming Nolanites?

      • jm9843

        It’s not the Batman from the Nolan trilogy dummy. Nolan is focusing on Interstellar into next year.

      • Victor Pleitez

        Just let him/her be, remember don’t feed the troll, they are prone to not read articles carefully and draw random conclusions out their asses.

  • Captain

    The comic book movies are dying. They only care for money. It is impossible that this batman and superman movie is going to have any artistic value. After that dumb movie that was man of steel i dont have any interest in see this.

    • blackbear

      They never were that excellent in the first place… the dark knight trilogy is the only exception, personally i just want them to be enjoyable none of them are in my top movies. You either like it or you don’t, they were never made to be artistic.

  • Hal Jordan

    “After all, why force Green Lantern in there…” How about because he’s one of the founding members of the Justice League? How about because his power ring is “the most powerful weapon in the universe?” How about because he has the Green Lantern Corps to back him up? There’s no need to “force” him. His presence should be a given.

    • sense11

      he could be the premise for Justice League, maybe coming to earth to warn them of some sort of attack. Its all good the future looks bright

    • Victor Pleitez

      Martin Campbell’s “green lantern” is good enough reason to not force the character in there. I feel that everything that movie tried to be, MOS managed to do better, it’s not a shit film like most people will argue to death but it wasn’t exactly “2001: a space odyssey”.

  • Joseph M

    Franchise amalgamation leads to rapid deterioration. It’s like Alien V Predator with less history between peak and fall. Avengers worked because it was a long established ensemble. MOS never even got a chance to properly establish (redeem?) itself. Hell, Thor’s got two dedicated movies.

  • Strong Enough

    ohhhh shit! can you imagine the box office for that movie?!!!!!! DC is smarting up!

    • KC

      Great move to put Bats into the Man of Steel sequel…Hit the ground running and all that!!!

  • nom79

    If they are working this fast to bring Batman back and Nolan is involved, why not bring back Christian Bale to continue from what’s already established? Dark Knight Rises along with the trilogy is still fresh to the audience. To bring a new Batman into this new DC-verse might cause confusion(and rage) especially introducing him into a Superman titled film.

    Sounds like WB is struggling to formulate a great plan of attack to come close to competing with the Marvel films.

    • Victor Pleitez

      No I’d have hard time buying Bale returning as batman. THat story was finished, time to move on. He stoped Gotham from getting nuked and faked his death leaving his legacy as batman to JGl, hitting it up with catwoman adn thats how that batman story came to an end. Start fresh with a new take on the dark knight that can be put along side Znyder’s superman.

  • JK1193

    I’m hoping for Gordon-Levitt. Hopefully, this will fulfill the setup at the end of Rises and we see Robin John Blake step up as the new Dark Knight. That’s why Bruce told Blake that the mask was a symbol and that Batman could be anyone. Bruce was setting it up for Blake to take the mantle and judging from his leadership escorting the kids out of the city, he passed that test.

    • jocab_w

      No one wants to see not-Bruce Wayne as Batman.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        I wouldn’t mind seeing a non Bruce Wayne Batman, assuming it was Gordon-Levitt in the role. Otherwise, it would have to be Bruce Wayne.

      • Strong Enough

        nolan batman doesn’t exist in MOS universe

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        Gordon-Levitt isn’t the Nolan Batman either, technically. He may have become him at the end of TDKR, but Bruce Wayne is the Nolan Batman. If by some small miracle Gordon-Levitt was cast, that would be the way to go, is all I’m saying.

      • Strong Enough

        but all the characters in TDK trilogy don’t exist in MOS universe. that is the point. John Blake doesn’t exist in that reality

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        True. But there’s no particular reason why he couldn’t. Or, if Warner’s merely wanted to reference Nolan’s films, they could cast Gordon- Levitt as as young Bruce Wayne.

      • Lex Walker

        That would be a really bad idea to cast Gordon-Levitt as young Bruce Wayne, that would be far too confusing for audiences and be very distracting. Just cast someone new.

      • Strong Enough

        no they can’t. It is a different universe. tdk has ended. get over it

      • Guest

        I was over it a long time before you were, bro.

      • Strong Enough

        really bro? cool story bro

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        SMH at all the overly literal fanboys.

      • Strong Enough

        no one is being literal dipshit. just trying to tell you want is official since it came from the studios mouth.

      • Victor Pleitez

        Dude look at it this way, the dark knight films are just else world stories. A Realistic and grounded take on batman. That was what Nolan, Goyer and J. Nolan were aiming for like they have always stated in interviews all the butthurt nolan haters failed to watch or read. Superman does not exist in that particular world. THeir story ended with Bruce hooking up with catwoman and JGL getting the batcave while wayne mansion is set up as a sweetass orphanage. To continue with that batman be it JGL or Bale would ruin the ending of DKR and the dark knight trilogy as a whole. That being said, real life batman who has limits and is clearly not the master detective as in the comics would never keep up with the MOS superman.

  • The Driver

    Stupid. DC needs stop shitting itself to play catch up and properly set this up. Man of Steel BARELY sets up the Clark and Superman from the comics and now you just wanna throw him into a movie with a Batman that isn’t established?

    No one wants a origin story, I get that, but you can’t just introduce the World’s Finest without establishing them. We are supposed to be in awe at this pairing and just focusing on what’s bringing them together and instead we are gonna be wondering “What’s this Batman’s back story? How does he approach things? Does he have a Robin? Etc etc”.

    DC wants Avengers money with none of the work or build up. At least give Batman his own movie and one MOS sequel with Lex Luthor.

  • noapo

    (insert name of obscure hip-to-be-square-actor here to play Batman)

    • Strong Enough

      Matt Bomer

      • Pk

        Matt is perfect for the role. I totally buy him as Bruce Wayne

    • Victor Pleitez

      Karl Urban.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        Not a bad choice, but I think it would be distracting for Batman to have Judge Dredd’s chin.

      • Daniel O’Reilly

        Not a bad choice, but I think it would be distracting for Batman to have Judge Dredd’s chin.

    • Victor Pleitez

      Karl Urban.

  • sense11

    YESSSSS just go for it, that’s how you do it

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  • Anthony Michael

    My first instinct is that I sort of hate the idea of a new Batman continuity beginning as a team-up with Superman. But who knows. Maybe they’ll surprise me.

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  • junierizzle

    Id be more excited if I didnt see Man of Steel.

  • $$$

    DC is really cashing in now in a pathetic attempt to become more like Marvel. As if all the product placement in MoS wasn’t enough… I guess we can expect one big superhero circle jerk from here on out instead of focusing on telling proper stories with the power to stand on their own merits.

    • nom79

      How are they trying to be like Marvel? This is a totally different approach at introducing characters within the same universe. It is a bit early to resurrect Bruce Wayne/Batman but we’re living in a fast paced world where fans and audiences are eager to see or get their hands on the next big thing.

      Marvel is currently winning the race as far as films go but you have to understand that the Dark Knight trilogy has the biggest impact on comic book movies thus far. Everything as from the Blade trilogy was all colorful and campy lets not forget so I don’t blame them for going back to their bread winner.

      This might be exactly what WB/DC needs to get the gears in motion for bigger things. I wouldn’t mind seeing a Superman movie with Bruce Wayne in the foreground being a major part of the reconstruction of Metropolis while the Caped Crusader brings out his detective side to get to the bottom of this alien being and his motives. Lex Luthor (played by Walter White from Breaking Bad……just kidding! lol) bringing his financial contributions to the table as well so he can be portrayed as this great humanitarian eventually leading to candidacy of some sort wether it be mayor or even……President! Having so much power can definitely give him the opportunity to get his research and development team started on what Kryptonian items still remain.

      Sorry….I said too much there. Hopefully you guys understand what I am getting at. This is a fresh take and if done right, I am all for it. Thanks for listening to my rant.

      nom79

  • Clay

    Ok, the idea is an intriguing one, but Zack
    Snyder again? WB has apparently decided that Snyder will be their Joss
    Whedon. There’s only one problem with that, Snyder IS NOT Joss Whedon.
    Whedon can tell a coherent and satisfying story. Sure,
    Whedon relies on catchy meta pop dialogue perhaps too fondly, but his
    movies have an undeniable sense of fun that Synder just can’t match, and
    that this movie will require. Man of Steel was practically humorless.
    If I was nearly invincible and unburdened by the laws of physics, I
    might crack a smile once and awhile. And Goyer returning to write?
    Yikes. Has no one seen Blade: Trinity? Sure, he was mostly on the mark
    with Batman Begins, but I don’t expect anything of that quality anytime
    soon. I love this idea, overall, because the possibilities are exciting
    to ponder, but bringing back this combo inspires little confidence. One
    thing, leave Nolan’s films out of this. Don’t cast Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
    I don’t want the peerless Dark Knight Trilogy in any way connected to
    this spectacle-heavy, story-light, morose behemoth.

    • Da Truth

      “spectacle-heavy, story-light, morose behemoth.” you just described the dark knight rises bro.

      • Clay

        I knew someone would come at me with this. I disagree, bro. The Dark Knight Rises is surely flawed, but it squarely hit me on many more levels than Man of Steel even attempted. In my opinion, the comparison is unwarranted and just plain laughable. Nolan is a storyteller, plain and simple. Snyder is a decent visual artist. The third act of Rises does get muddled, but the character arc of Bruce Wayne getting resolved in such a wonderful poetic stroke stuck the landing for me.

      • Victor Pleitez

        It’s Goyer, for a guy who spent most of his career working on comics he wasn’t able to give superman better dialouge.
        Zod:” look at this! i was bred to protect Krypton! You destroyed it i have no purpose now! mY soul! that is what you’ve taken from me!”
        Superman:” you’re a monster! :P

      • Clay

        I laughed out loud at the monster line. Somewhere out in the ether, there has to be a better sentence for that moment.

    • Victor Pleitez

      I say keep Znyder and get the guy who wrote chronicle to pen the screenplay this time around. Or jsut some one with better command of dialouge so actors can realy shine. Znyder’s best film in my opinion was Dawn of the dead remake and that as because he was paired with james gunn as his writer for that film. Clearly Goyer is the real problem.

      • Clay

        Yeah, Dawn of the Dead was the first Snyder film I ever saw, and it’s still my favorite. The first 10 minutes of that movie? Cringe-inducing terror. I would agree with you and say that of the two, I would rather a new writer be brought on. Goyer’s bread and butter, like George Lucas, is being a concept guy. As soon as that gift extends itself into screenwriting, things tend to go badly.

      • Clay

        Yeah, Dawn of the Dead was the first Snyder film I ever saw, and it’s still my favorite. The first 10 minutes of that movie? Cringe-inducing terror. I would agree with you and say that of the two, I would rather a new writer be brought on. Goyer’s bread and butter, like George Lucas, is being a concept guy. As soon as that gift extends itself into screenwriting, things tend to go badly.

    • Victor Pleitez

      I say keep Znyder and get the guy who wrote chronicle to pen the screenplay this time around. Or jsut some one with better command of dialouge so actors can realy shine. Znyder’s best film in my opinion was Dawn of the dead remake and that as because he was paired with james gunn as his writer for that film. Clearly Goyer is the real problem.

  • poppincherry

    This crap will never materialize.

  • poppincherry

    Nolan can kiss my ass and Zack should get ready for his role as head of the syfy channel. The JL will never materialize. And all these release dates just make me laugh.

  • DontMessWithTheBatman

    I think Benedict Cumberbatch would be awesome as Batman / Bruce Wayne!

  • DontMessWithTheBatman

    I think Benedict Cumberbatch would be awesome as Batman / Bruce Wayne!

    • Faptain America

      I can’t think of anyone else either, maybe Fassbender, but that’s about it. Part of me thinks though, that Bale might still come back. I know he’s said no, but who knows?

    • Faptain America

      I can’t think of anyone else either, maybe Fassbender, but that’s about it. Part of me thinks though, that Bale might still come back. I know he’s said no, but who knows?

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  • nom79

    This might be exactly what WB/DC needs to get the gears in motion for bigger things. I wouldn’t mind seeing a Superman movie with Bruce Wayne in the foreground being a major part of the reconstruction of Metropolis while the Caped Crusader brings out his detective side to get to the bottom of this alien being and his motives. Lex Luthor (played by Walter White from Breaking Bad……just kidding! lol) bringing his financial contributions to the table as well so he can be portrayed as this great humanitarian eventually leading to candidacy of some sort wether it be mayor or even……President! Having so much power can definitely give him the opportunity to get his research and development team started on what Kryptonian items still remain.

    Sorry….I said too much there. Hopefully you guys understand what I am getting at. This is a fresh take and if done right, I am all for it. Thanks for listening to my rant.

    nom79

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