Just how happy am I! 🙂
Zack Snyder has confirmed that the next Man Of Steel film (previously mooted as a being a super-fast 2014 release) will see Superman square off against the Dark Knight himself, with Henry Cavill returning to confront a new Batman. The release date will be in 2015.
“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,” enthused Snyder.
This breaking news was introduced by Harry Lennix, who plays General Swanwick in Man Of Steel. Lennix quoted the line that we fans all know verbatim from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns reverential graphic novel: “I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”
Lore has always had it that the Dark Knight was the only man who, despite being good friends with him, could ever bring down the Big Boy Scout. Just recently in the animated film, Justice League: Doom, it was revealed that The Batman had a contingency plan to take out every member of the Justice League if they ever turned bad; at the end of that story, Superman gives Batman a Kryptonite bullet with the express instruction to use it if he ever went rogue. And in the comics, Bats even had a Kryptonite-laden ring (made by Lex Luthor) which Superman himself entrusted to him for just that purpose
So it would appear that Snyder & Goyer are cued up recreate the classic Miller’s story, but with a younger Batman? Either way, the Billion-Dollar Question is, who will play the new Batman, now that Christian Bale is firmly ruled out? The obvious fan choice would be Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who inherited the Bat-empire at the end of The Dark Knight Rises… if nothing else, it would establish continuity, and JGL is a respected genre actor. Age-wise, he is only two years older than Cavill, so they are well matched. Or given the trend of Superman, Spiderman & the last Dark Knight, will they cast a Brit again?
Rumouring forward, it seems likely that this, along with a The Flash movie in 2016, will lead into DC’s Justice League film in 2017…
… there is indeed, life outside of Marvel, and in the interests of balance, this can only be a good thing!
Source: Hollywood Reporter