A lot happened this weekend.  We saw many new announcements, footage, props, etc. this weekend and each studio (DC, Fox, Sony and Marvel) brought something amazing to the con which is to be expected.  DC had only one announcement, but boy was it a doozy.  If there has been a team-up that most fanboys and girls have wanted to see on screen, it was a live-action team-up of Metropolis’s Golden Boy and Gotham’s Dark Knight.  Heck, we even got a tease of this glorious match up in 2007’s I AM LEGEND.
DC Recap - I am Legend
That seemed like a pipe-dream at the time what with 2006’s SUPERMAN RETURNS not giving the returns that Warner Bros. wanted, but that was then and this is now.  With MAN OF STEEL passing $630 million world wide in just 38 days of release, we knew we would hear some sort of announcement this weekend in regards to the sequel, but very few thought we would get the announcement we got.




Yep, there you go.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s the official press release:

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. even found the first snap of the logo (below) from Quint over at AICN and even a video of the announcement.  Check them out below.
DC Recap - MOS 2 Logo

Be warned, the video below does have some profanity in it after the logo is revealed.



SUPERMAN AND BATMAN together in one film?!?!?!  I was beginning to wonder if I would ever see this day.  Now, some of the questions that need to be answered are:

Will they be allies the entire time or adversaries first?

Who will play the new Batman (Christian Bale is not returning and this will be a reboot not a continuation of the DARK KNIGHT trilogy)?

Who will cause trouble for the duo?

Will they make the Batman costume more faithful to the comics (I really want to see some grey and black like the Arkham Asylum costume below).

DC Recap - Batman

All these and more will be answered in the upcoming months so make sure you are following us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates as they are released.

Stay tuned tomorrow for our recaps of the FOX, SONY and MARVEL panels.

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Jim is an avid movie enthusiast, representing the general movie going audience, looking at movies for their entertainment value as opposed to their critical weight. He enjoys the escapism that movies provide. He is a fan of all genre's of movies, but gravitates toward comic-based movies, summer "popcorn" flicks and over-the-top comedies as his preference.