SAN DIEGO Something super this way comes: Batman and Superman will team up on the big screen for a movie in 2015, Warner Bros. announced this afternoon at San Diego Comic-Con.
"Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder took the stage for a surprise announcement at the tail end of the joint Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures preview panel.
"There's been a lot of speculation about what we're doing," he said, after thanking fans for their support. "It is official that we are going to make another Superman movie."
"You guys may ask what is the movie about," he teased. "The truth is you don't want me to tell you what the movie is about, right?"
He called Harry Lennix, who played General Swanwick in "Man of Steel," to the stage for the big reveal, because "his voice is just way better than mine." Lennix took to a spotlit podium to read a passage from "The Dark Knight Falls," a scene in which Batman has just tangled with Superman.
"I want you to remember, Clark," Lennix read. "In all the years to come, and 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."
All five of the massive screens in Hall H, which held approximately 6,000 screaming fans, lit up with a grayscale Superman S, with Batman's signature winged silhouette soon stacking behind it.
Snyder stressed before the passage that the script for the film is not yet complete and that they're not adapting "Batman vs. Superman," but that the passage would "help tell that story."
"Man of Steel" star Henry Cavill is expected to once again don the red and blue suit and cape, but expect a fresh face to step into the role of Batman. (Whether his suit will come with nipples included or not is TBD.) Christian Bale, who starred in Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy, has repeatedly insisted that he won't play Batman in future flicks.
David Goyer, who wrote "Man of Steel," will reportedly return as screenwriter for the new movie.
But wait, there's more! A "Flash" movie is reportedly slated for 2016, and DC's response to "Marvel's the Avengers," "Justice League," following in 2017.