Superman and Batman will unite on film, Warner confirms at Comic-Con

July 20, 2013 | 4:10 p.m.

Cooper Timberline plays 9-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Kevin Costner, left, as Jonathan Kent and Diane Lane as Martha Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Dylan Sprayberry plays 13-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Dylan Sprayberry plays 13-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, left, and Dylan Sprayberry as 13-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, left, and Dylan Sprayberry as 13-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, left, and Dylan Sprayberry as 13-year-old Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Russell Crowe, left, as Jor-El and Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in "Man of Steel." (Warner Bros.)

Amy Adams as Lois Lane, left, and Henry Cavill as Superman in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, left, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, left, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Antje Traue as Faora-Ul, center, and Michael Shannon as General Zod in "Man of Steel." (Warner Bros.)

Amy Adams as Lois Lane, left, Henry Cavill as Superman and Antje Traue as Faora-Ul in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Harry Lennix as Gen. Swanick, left, Christina Wren as Maj. Carrie Farris and Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, left, and Rebecca Buller as Jenny in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Amy Adams as Lois Lane, left, and Christopher Meloni as Col. Nathan Hardy in "Man of Steel." (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)

Superman and Batman will share the big screen for the first time, surprise guest Zack Snyder revealed to 6,500 fans in Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday. The announcement confirms the news Hero Complex broke this morning about the project.

“I know there’s been a lot of speculation about what we’re doing,” the “Man of Steel” director teased the audience when he took the stage at the end of the Warner Bros. panel. “It’s official that we are going to make another Superman movie.… I sort of pored through the DC universe to look for a way to tell this thing … and I came across a thing that I feel sort of sums it up.”

Harry Lennix, who played Gen. Swanwick in “Man of Steel,” then took the microphone and read a famous excerpt from Frank Miller’s landmark comic “Batman: 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.”

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Superman’s logo appeared on the screen, and then, slowly, the Batman symbol faded in behind it. The Hall H audience erupted in applause, cheers and outright screaming, many fans leaping to their feet and throwing their fists into the air.

The film will not be adapted from “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” Snyder said, and it is still being written. Production is expected to begin next year, with a summer 2015 release date.

"Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder in New York on June 10, 2013. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

“Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder in New York on June 10, 2013. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Henry Cavill will reprise his titular “Man of Steel” role, Warner Bros. announced in a news release, and the new Batman has yet to be cast. Also returning  from “Man of Steel” are Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

Snyder is directing, as well as co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who is to pen the screenplay. Goyer co-wrote “The Dark Knight” trilogy with Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan.

The film’s announcement follows the box-office success of this summer’s “Man of Steel,” which took in more than $630 million worldwide.

“Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he’s a fan first, and he utterly gets this genre,” Greg Silverman, president of Warner Bros. creative development, said in the news release. “We could not think of anyone better suited to the task of bringing these iconic superheroes to the screen in his own way.”

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“Man of Steel” producers Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are returning as producers, and Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers on the upcoming Batman-Superman film, along with Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan.

“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,” Christopher Nolan said in the news release. “His vision for Superman opened the door to a while new universe, and we can’t wait to see what Zack does with these characters.”

Snyder said he was excited to work with Cavill again and to expand the DC Universe.

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“Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world,” Snyder said in the news release.

The announcement was the capstone of the joint Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures panel, which also featured spotlights on Alfonso Cuaron’s highly anticipated space thriller “Gravity,” the Tom Cruise sci-fi film “Edge of Tomorrow” and the upcoming animated feature “The Lego Movie.”

Comic-Con International continues through Sunday, as more than 130,000 entertainment professionals and enthusiasts gather at the San Diego Convention Center for the annual pop culture expo.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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17 Responses to Superman and Batman will unite on film, Warner confirms at Comic-Con

  1. comic geek says:

    I thought Batman or Bruce Wayne died in the latest Batman movie?…or did I misinterpret the ending?

    • TronUI says:

      Batman faked his death. The fate of Bruce Wayne was left open-ended except for those who knew of his "hobby." One would probably assume that Wayne was a victim of the League of Shadows.

    • batmoan says:

      Batman faked his death

    • Anuj Pradhan says:

      Bruce died. The whole ending was a white lie. Because sometimes truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith, rewarded.

      WE deserved to see Bruce again. And Nolan presumably, used a perennially hopeful and maybe even senile Alfred as a device to show us the image of Bruce alive and well. (Remember he is over 80 years old, and lost the only son, the only connection to the outside world he ever had for the last few decades.. That sort of a loss has bound to have a massive impact on him.)

      They showed Batman in the cockpit with 5 seconds to go, staring right into the face of death, HOW I LOVE THAT SHOT. Don't forget, his entire life has been nothing but an UTTER tragedy. A man who has nothing in spite of having it ALL. So in a way his death carried a lot of meaning. Please watch my rant on YouTube, I dont want to keep on writing this over and over again. Type in "the dark knight rises ending finally cracked". Thanks. :)

    • dnno1 says:

      You misinterpreted the ending. People think he is dead, but he somehow ejected from his flying vehicle (which apparently did have an auto-pilot) and is now living a live in secret somewhere in Europe.

  2. Guest says:

    No, he didn't die.

    • William says:

      Just to make sure people knows whats going on….This new batman will have nothing to do with the previous batman universe…the noland batman is finished……if you read it above Noland himself clearly says they finished it and cant wait to see what "new and fresh direction he takes the characters".

  3. Kevin says:

    "Batman" died at the end yes but Wayne survives so technically so does Batman, and then there's always the detective first name Robin "John Blake" that could be next Batman

  4. William says:

    Why are you people so fixated on the Noland Batman…hes not coming back the Noland Batman series is done…its finished….its over…..It will be a new batman and coming from a new story all together and a Batman thats not Bruce Wayne…dont be idiots people.

    • William says:

      Batman will always be Bruce Wayne, and Nolands Batman was great but people face the facts that Batman is finished, We will see a New Bruce Wayne and new take on Batman…enough said.

    • dru says:

      it's nolan, not noland get his name right

  5. Anuj Pradhan says:

    In fact I thought Bruce died, and Batman lived on. Trust me I have thought about this a LOT. If you want to hear my entire theory, here it is. Hint: It involves a reference to Some of the last lines of The Dark Knight, which REALLY hit me hard in the context of this ending. :)


    I feel this time however, they aren't going to dwell deeper into the emotionally tormented side of Bruce's, instead we're gonna see a more restrained and all out badass version of batman, focussing on his crime fighting and hitherto largely unexplored detective skills (something like a really powerful ninja Sherlock). Look, we got more than we could have ever ask for with the Nolan series, so I wont complain if they went this way. But at the same time I do hope priority no. 1 is finding a GOOD ACTOR, and then the physicality.. I would love it if they went with Jon Hamm. Someone older than Clark. So he can indirectly mentor him, push him and get the best out of him.

    • Wayne says:

      I’m surprised they would bring back the same team to do another. I left Man of Steel with disappointment thinking I wouldn’t be adding this one to my video library. But it did make a profit, so what do I know.

  6. Greg01 says:

    After a Batman and Superman movie, will the Justice League of America appear?

  7. Joe says:

    To me it was obvious Bruce had faked his own death. It wasn't Alfred imagining things. For one Selina was sitting at the table with Bruce. Alfred knew nothing about her other than she'd stolen a necklace out of the safe. So he never would've envisioned the two of them together. Wouldn't have occurred to him that Bruce would be with Selina.

  8. Majic says:

    WTF are all you guys talking about, at the end of D. K. R Alfred saw bruce alive and well sitting at the table with a woman… Or did everyone miss that part, bruce is still alive and robin will be robin not batman… I thought thawas clear

  9. lauralee says:

    I still think Tom Welling is the BEST Superman..;-) and Dean Cain was great too…but then Tom came along, sorry Dean..:-/

    I sure wish that Tom could be talked into doing Superman again..:-D

    Christian Bale is a Great Dark Knight…however, I have faith in Ben…I think he will pull it off well…I wish him luck…and look forward to watching in 2015…:-D

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