At the Warner Bros panel during this past weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, Zack Snyder, the “Man of Steel” director, made the announcement that his follow-up to the Superman reboot would also feature Batman and strongly hinted that the two caped heroes would be at odds by inviting actor Harry Lenix to read a passage from “The Dark Knight Returns.” The Bruce Wayne quote came from the famous scene of the two fighting, where Batman has the upper hand.
“I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember your hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”
If that wasn’t confirmation enough of a hero battle, ComicBook.com is reporting that the film’s writer, David S. Goyer, revealed at the Superman 75th Anniversary panel that the title will either be “Superman vs. Batman” or “Batman vs. Superman.”
“So over in Hall H at the Warner Bros — I guess most people know now — at the end of the Warner Bros panel, Zack came out and he brought Harry Lennix, who plays General Swanwick in ‘Man of Steel’…. Harry read a bit from [The Dark Knight Returns] and so the next film we’re making,” Goyer said. “We’re already in pre-production, comes out in summer of 2015. We’re actually not sure whether the title is ‘Superman vs. Batman’ or ‘Batman vs. Superman.’ That rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.”
ComicBook.com then did some more sleuthing to see how credible the Goyer statements were, so they looked into the domains SupermanVsBatman.com, BatmanVsSuperman.com, and BatmanVsSuperman.com. All are owned by Warner Bros, so take that as you will.
Regardless of whether the simple “versus” title formats ends up being true, in the summer of 2015, when the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight finally meet on the big screen, it does not seem like it will be a happy reunion at all.
The “Man of Steel” sequel featuring Batman is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015. It will star Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Zack Snyder will direct and co-write with David S. Goyer. Batman has yet to be cast.