SDCC 2013: Batman Joining Superman in Man of Steel Sequel

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The rumors are true. A brand new Batman is coming to theaters, but he's not starring in his own franchise reboot. He's costarring alongside Henry Cavill in the second Man of Steel movie!

Just moments ago at the Warner Bros. panel in Hall H, at Comic-Con 2013, director Zack Snyder took the stage to make the big announcement. He told the crowd that he was on stage because “some s–t’s going to happen right here!” Then he stepped aside to welcome Man of Steel actor Harry Lennix, who’s “voice is better,” to read something that Snyder had poured through the DC Comics archives to find, to help make this announcement.

Lennix stepped to the microphone and read a well-known quote from Frank Miller‘s classic graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns:

sdcc 2013 batman joining superman in man of steel sequel 2 300x222 SDCC 2013: Batman Joining Superman in Man of Steel SequelI want you to remember Clark, in all the years to come. In all your private moments. In all the years to come, my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.

And in dramatic fashion, the stage suddenly went dark and a gigantic logo filled the massive screen behind it: a brand new Batman/Superman logo. It features the familiar Man of Steel “S” shield in the center, surrounded by a new take on Batman’s bat-logo. Watch the Instagram video below to hear some geeks lose their minds when the logo comes up.

From this quick announcement, we can infer several facts about Man of Steel 2:

  1. Batman is definitely in it, and in a big way.
  2. It won’t be Christian Bale‘s Batman. The new bat-logo suggests it will be not just a new actor but a whole new interpretation of the Dark Knight. And, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumors begin… now!
  3. For at least some of the movie, Batman and Superman will be adversaries. Similar to the Batman vs. Superman movie that was planned several years back, Snyder’s use of the Frank Miller quote seems to set the tone for the second film. And that tone is clearly a dark one, with Clark and Bruce duking it out. (Don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll get it together and team up against a more dastardly foe in the end. It’ll end with hugs and puppies. Promise.)

According to a press release sent out shortly after the Comic-Con announcement, Man of Steel 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) will be in theaters Summer 2015. In addition to Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane will all reprise their roles from the first movie as well. Snyder and David S. Goyer are crafting the story together, after which Goyer will write the screenplay.

Logo photo by dweebofthedead. Zack Snyder and Harry Lennix photo by firstnamenathan.

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