Superman and Batman will unite on film, Warner confirms at Comic-Con

  

Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Russell Crowe as Jor-El in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Russell Crowe as Jor-El in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Michael Shannon, right, as General Zod in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Cooper Timberline plays 9-year-old Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Kevin Costner, left, as Jonathan Kent and Diane Lane as Martha Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Dylan Sprayberry plays 13-year-old Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Dylan Sprayberry plays 13-year-old Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, left, and Dylan Sprayberry as 13-year-old Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, left, and Dylan Sprayberry as 13-year-old Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, left, and Dylan Sprayberry as 13-year-old Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Diane Lane as Martha Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Russell Crowe as Jor-El in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Russell Crowe, left, as Jor-El and Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Laurence Fishburne as Perry White in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Amy Adams as Lois Lane in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Amy Adams as Lois Lane in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Amy Adams as Lois Lane, left, and Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Amy Adams as Lois Lane in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Diane Lane as Martha Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, left, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, left, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Michael Shannon as General Zod in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Antje Traue as Faora-Ul, center, and Michael Shannon as General Zod in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Amy Adams as Lois Lane, left, Henry Cavill as Superman and Antje Traue as Faora-Ul in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Antje Traue as Faora-Ul in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Christopher Meloni as Col. Nathan Hardy in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Antje Traue as Faora-Ul in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Antje Traue as Faora-Ul in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Harry Lennix as Gen. Swanick, left, Christina Wren as Maj. Carrie Farris and Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


A scene from “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Michael Shannon as General Zod in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, left, and Rebecca Buller as Jenny in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Michael Shannon as General Zod in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Michael Shannon as General Zod in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Amy Adams as Lois Lane, left, and Christopher Meloni as Col. Nathan Hardy in “Man of Steel.” (Clay Enos / Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)


Henry Cavill as Superman, left, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane in “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)

Superman and Batman will share the big screen for the first time, surprise guest Zack Snyder revealed to 6,500 fans in Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday. The announcement confirms the news Hero Complex broke this morning about the project.

“I know there’s been a lot of speculation about what we’re doing,” the “Man of Steel” director teased the audience when he took the stage at the end of the Warner Bros. panel. “It’s official that we are going to make another Superman movie.… I sort of pored through the DC universe to look for a way to tell this thing … and I came across a thing that I feel sort of sums it up.”

Harry Lennix, who played Gen. Swanwick in “Man of Steel,” then took the microphone and read a famous excerpt from Frank Miller’s landmark comic “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns”: “I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in 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.”

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Superman’s logo appeared on the screen, and then, slowly, the Batman symbol faded in behind it. The Hall H audience erupted in applause, cheers and outright screaming, many fans leaping to their feet and throwing their fists into the air.

The film will not be adapted from “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” Snyder said, and it is still being written. Production is expected to begin next year, with a summer 2015 release date.

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder in New York on June 10, 2013. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

“Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder in New York on June 10, 2013. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Henry Cavill will reprise his titular “Man of Steel” role, Warner Bros. announced in a news release, and the new Batman has yet to be cast. Also returning  from “Man of Steel” are Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

Snyder is directing, as well as co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who is to pen the screenplay. Goyer co-wrote “The Dark Knight” trilogy with Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan.

The film’s announcement follows the box-office success of this summer’s “Man of Steel,” which took in more than $630 million worldwide.

“Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he’s a fan first, and he utterly gets this genre,” Greg Silverman, president of Warner Bros. creative development, said in the news release. “We could not think of anyone better suited to the task of bringing these iconic superheroes to the screen in his own way.”

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“Man of Steel” producers Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are returning as producers, and Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers on the upcoming Batman-Superman film, along with Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan.

“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,” Christopher Nolan said in the news release. “His vision for Superman opened the door to a while new universe, and we can’t wait to see what Zack does with these characters.”

Snyder said he was excited to work with Cavill again and to expand the DC Universe.

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“Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world,” Snyder said in the news release.

The announcement was the capstone of the joint Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures panel, which also featured spotlights on Alfonso Cuaron’s highly anticipated space thriller “Gravity,” the Tom Cruise sci-fi film “Edge of Tomorrow” and the upcoming animated feature “The Lego Movie.”

Comic-Con International continues through Sunday, as more than 130,000 entertainment professionals and enthusiasts gather at the San Diego Convention Center for the annual pop culture expo.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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