It’s happening folks! After years of wanting a cross-over film featuring The Dark Knight and Man of Steel, after the ultra-successful Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy and after Man of Steel has made nearly $1B worldwide this summer. It’s finally happening.
Greg Silverman – President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros. – originally made the announcement at San Diego Comic Con yesterday. The script for the untitled film – which has a release date of 2015 – is being written by Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer and will be directed once again by Zack Snyder.
The film will be bringing back Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Laurance Fishbourne as Perry White. The role of Bruce Wayne/Batman has yet to be announced, but I’ve got my suspicions.
A quote from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns was read on stage by Harry Lennix;
“I want you to remember Clark,” he says, “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.”
Now, it wasn’t announced whether or not Snyder and Goyer would be using Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns as straight up adaptation material, but it’s assumed – based on the logo for the title that was revealed – that Miller’s story will have a major influence on the direction Warner Bros. goes with Batman’s character.
The really interesting thing about the timing of this whole thing, is the fact that we really didn’t get any allusion or introduction to Bruce Wayne/Batman in Man of Steel (other than some Wayne Enterprises Easter eggs). Why didn’t Snyder and Goyer set up something to allude to a team-up film? I’m super stoked for this now, but can’t help think that it’s going to be very rushed.
The other thing I’m wondering is Christopher Nolan, who just directed the most successful Batman films ever, had a major influence on Man of Steel and its production. Did he know this was coming? He’s stated over and over again that he’s done with Batman and Gotham city as a whole, but was he clued in on the fact that Man of Steel 2 was pretty much going to be a Superman/Batman film?
There are a ton of questions I’ve got but that doesn’t take away the fact that I’m super geeked out by this announcement. The comic book collection of diehard fans out there will want a different take on the character of Batman after having Nolan’s uber-serious take, but I liked that world. Henry Cavill was a super serious Clark Kent/Superman. These two worlds really do co-exist.
Karl Urban as Bruce Wayne? Yes, please!