Nerds confused by weird mixed feelings as Warner Bros. officially announce Superman/Batman film
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder took to the 2013 Comic-Con stage over the weekend and announced that “some shit’s going to happen up here.”
Thankfully, the director didn’t have to go poo-poo in public and instead made the historic announcement that Warner Bros. have officially greenlit the long-rumoured, DC Comic, caped crusader collaboration – a film featuring both Superman and Batman onscreen.
And in the black, rubbery nipple corner we have.... Batman. And in the blue-and-red oh-my-god-is-he-wearing-his-pants-on-the-outside corner... Superman.
It’s almost impossible to pick who would win an epic battle between two men who really, really like dressing up in funny costumes, but one possiblity is that the two heroes will combine to create some kind of superdeedooper superhero, maybe called BatSoup? Or ManMan?
Both strong monikers we’re sure you’ll agree.
With the film expected to be released in two years' time, 2015 year is already shaping up to be quite the blockbuster season with Star Wars: Episode VII and The Avengers: Age of Ultron already in our release diary.
Please excuse JOE, we may just have to go and change our nerd underwear.
Even if you do dismiss this new Warner Bros. project immediately (as a lot of fans undoubtedly will), it is kind of hard not to be just a teeny-tiny bit excited by the image that the studio officially released at Comic-Con...
Henry Cavill has already confirmed that he is back on board to play Kal-El in the Man of Steel sequel, but with Christian Bale denying that he will be involved in any way, who do you think should be the new Bat?
Joseph Gordon Levitt was hinted at in last year’s The Dark Knight Rises, while JOE is a big fan of both Karl Urban and Michael Fassbender but, for now at least, our money’s on Morgan Freeman.
Well, it’s either him our very own JOE.ie editor, Mr Mike Sheridan. He does have the rubber suit already you see...
Here’s the official Warner Bros. press release:
BURBANK, Calif., Jul 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.”
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.