Breaking news out of Comic-Con this morning. Hero Complex is reporting that Warner Bros. will announce the sequel to this summer’s big DC Comics adaptation Man of Steel, with a big caveat: Superman will be meeting Batman in the sequel. According to sources with knowledge of the project, “director Zack Snyder is expected to reunite with screenwriter David S. Goyer and star Henry Cavill for the new film. It’s unlikely Christian Bale will step back into the bat suit, as the actor has indicated publicly that he has moved on from his days as Bruce Wayne.”
Assuming this is true — we will know soon enough, as the Warner Bros. panel begins in about 45 minutes — it would fit in perfectly with Warner Bros.’ intention to lay down a path toward a Justice League film, just as Marvel did with its Avengers over the course of the past four years. The big question about Justice League is “how will they get there?” How will they bring all of their characters together in a way that feels fluid, on a time frame that is far more brief than what Marvel had to work with. Step one appears to be uniting their two biggest names: Superman and Batman. From there, the possibilities begin to unfold.
We will be keeping our ears to the ground as more comes in from San Diego this afternoon. So buckle in, DC fans, as this afternoon could be a lot of fun.
UPDATE: THR is reporting that The Flash could be getting a stand-alone movie of his own in 2016, with Justice League tying everything together in 2017. As always, we await the Warner Bros. panel to finish, where the announcements are expected.
UPDATE: Warner Bros. has sent out a press release confirming the Superman/Batman team-up film, which will see Zack Snyder in the director’s chair and David S. Goyer writing. It is currently in preproduction and has a story that is informed by thematic elements of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.