By: Adam Basciano
I have often criticized Warner Brothers for two things; 1. Not taking initiative and establishing a connected and shared DC Universe on film. 2. Rarely if ever, using San Diego Comic Con to announce and hype up their comic book film. All that changed at this years San Diego Comic Con, at the Superman 75th Anniversary panel, where Zack Snyder announced that a sequel to “Man of Steel” is happening. He then brought out Harry Lennix who played General Swanwick in “Man of Steel” to read out the following bit of dialogue; “I 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.” Of course, astute comic book fans will know that this dialogue is from Superman and Batman’s fight in ‘The Dark Knight Returns” graphic novel. A combined Superman/Batman logo was shown, which caused an eruption of joy from the attendees in the audience. Yes boys and girls, the “Man of Steel” follow-up will be a Superman/Batman film. To make something clear, this will not be a straight up adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel according to Zack Snyder. They’ll probably do something similar to what they did with Man of Steel, pick and choose from different source material. My guess is they’ll borrow from the likes of “Public Enemies”, “The Dark Knight Returns”, and “Hush”. Warner Brothers has released an official press release regarding the film, part of which reads as follows; “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.
For those worried that this new film won’t pick up plot point following “Man of Steel,” don’t be. Not only are the core cast members from the Superman reboot returning, but writer David Goyer promised that events in the third act of “Man of Steel” will be dealt with in the 2015 release. Also, I doubt the likes of Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane would reprise their roles if the film didn’t involve any carryover elements from the first installment. Some cynics on message boards and twitter suggests that this move signals that the studio doesn’t have faith in a solo “Man of Steel” franchise. I don’t buy this. If that was the case, then neither Zack Snyder, David Goyer or possibly even Henry Cavill would be returning. Cynics will also say that this film is being rushed just to compete with “The Avengers” sequel. I don’t believe that either. It has been said that “Man of Steel” was intended as the start of a shared and connected DC Universe on film. With that in mind, the inclusion of Batman into the fold only furthers that goal. Also, the studio has been wanting to bring a Superman/Batman film to fruition for some time. A “Batman vs. Superman” film written by Andrew Kevin Walker was to be directed by Wolfgang Peterson in 2004. That was ultimately put on hold in favour of solo film franchises. A couple of years ago, the studio admitted that had “Superman Returns” been more successful they intended to have Brandon Routh’s Superman team up with Christian Bale’s Batman for a Christmas 2009 release date. With Snyder and Goyer’s “Man of Steel” opening up a wider DC Universe, I think DC Comics’ two biggest icons are in very capable hands. As a fan who absolutely loves both characters I couldn’t be more excited for this film. It’s the best of both worlds, a Superman sequel and Batman reboot. This is the culmination of my fandom!
So many questions will be answered as the film continues its way through pre-production and heads into production in 2014. Who will play Batman? What type of Bruce Wayne do we get, one who is a contemporary of Clark Kent, or slightly older? What supporting characters from Batman’s world will be involved? How will they introduce Bruce Wayne/Batman in this shared DC Universe? Who are the villains of the film? What will the costume, Batcave, and Batmobile look like? Given the title of this website, you can bet we’ll be covering every aspect of this film possible.
(Source: Warner Brothers)