The other day we discussed the possibility of DC working closely with director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan on an upcoming Batman-Superman led film. This would act as the Man of Steel sequel, featuring Henry Cavill‘s Superman and a newly cast Batman.
DC has released the following press statement, which confirms the project for 2015.
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.”
I’m still not sure what to make of all of this just yet. I was really hoping for a more traditional Man of Steel 2 and not so much a team-up film just yet, but in order for Justice League to work (which should be coming out in 2017) we’d really need the whole Superman/Batman dynamic to work smoothly.
There’s also talk of The Flash for 2016, so between that and now this we should have enough DC-related content to satisfy us for a few years.
David S. Goyer writing the script has me worried, especially after Man of Steel. Hopefully they learn from their mistakes this time around.
Does anyone else think that it’s a little too soon for Batman? The Dark Knight Rises just came out last year and now we’ll have a new version of the character in just a few years time.