While Superman movies have not always been successful in the theater, the newest Superman film, “Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Snyder, managed to bring in $621 million since its release in June. Comic-Con attendees in San Diego were eager to hear about the successful film’s next installment, which Snyder announced to the Warner Bros. panel on Saturday will feature another well-known hero: Batman.
Snyder said in his statement at Comic-Con that the two superheroes will not be allies but rather will be at odds and battling with one another.
"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 later said.
Henry Cavill, who played Superman in “Man of Steel,” will be reprise his role as Superman for the sequel. Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne will also be returning to their former roles, however it is still unknown who will be playing Batman as Christian Bale, who played Batman in “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” will not be playing the caped crusader in the film. The rumors about who will take his place have already started.
The London Guardian reports Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, Chris Pine, Jake Gyllenhaal and Channing Tatum are thought to have a good chance at playing the masked superhero for the movie.
Christopher Nolan, who directed the Dark Knight adaptations that brought in more than $1 billion globally, will executive produce the film, reports Rolling Stone. As for the film’s director, Warner Bros. said Snyder fits that role perfectly.
"Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he's a fan first and he utterly gets this genre," said Greg Silverman, president of creative development at Warner Bros.
The unnamed sequel is predicted to open in theaters in summer 2015.
Sources: NBC News, The London Guardian, Rolling Stone
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