Batman Will Appear in 'Man of Steel 2,' Warner Bros. Announces

Batman / Superman logo from Comic-Con

Warner Bros. laid down a huge bombshell at their Comic-Con panel over the weekend: Zack Snyder will direct a Man of Steel sequel, set for release in 2015, and the titular character (otherwise known as Superman) will meet and possibly square off against the Caped Crusader, AKA Batman.

Of course, the announcement was no passing remark. Snyder, according to Entertainment Weekly, called Man of Steel actor Harry Lenix to the stage "for a charismatic dramatic reading," reportedly wearing an ascot for the occasion. He proceeded to recite a line from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, spoken by Bruce Wayne to Clark Kent:

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.

Following this, a large 'S" (or, 'hope') insignia appeared on the screen, superimposed with Batman's bat symbol (seen in our header). Naturally, the audience erupted in applause and expletives. Check out one audience member's mildly NSFW video, courtesy of Batman News, here.

No other information was released, but it seems clear DC/Warner Bros. are making serious moves toward a Justice League film, and they're laying the ground work with Man of Steel 2. Though nothing is set in stone, it's likely a new Batman (i.e., one separate from Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy) will appear in the film.

Who's excited about Batman and Superman teaming up in a big Hollywood film? Personally, I prefer Batman as a standalone hero, but if done right, pairing him with Superman could be entertaining.

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SammyB from Las Vegas is reading currently too many to list July 22, 2013 - 3:09pm

This news if very exciting :) My Facebook feed exploded with posts from all of my nerdboy friends when this was announced. I'm a huge Superman fan, but I also love Batman. It will be nice to start edging toward a Justice League movie. I've been wanting a JLA movie since they announced there would be an Avengers movie, and now it feels like it might actually happen.