Warner Bros. Will Follow Up 'Man of Steel' With A Superman & Batman Movie For 2015

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by Rodrigo Perez
July 20, 2013 12:58 PM
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This is unexpected news. Warner Bros.' Comic-Con panel isn't until later today, but apparently some major news is about to be announced. The L.A. Times' Hero Complex blog is reporting that the studio has decided what their follow-up film to "Man Of Steel" is going to be, and not it's not a Superman sequel or a "Justice League" film. According to the newspaper's blog, WB intends to announce a film that features Superman and Batman together; a team-up movie as it were. A 2015 release is being eyed. Update: A "Flash" movie is being eyed for 2016, and a "Justice League" movie for 2017.

"Man Of Steel" director Zack Snyder is expected to reunite with his writer David S. Goyer, who also co-wrote many of "The Dark Knight" movies with Christopher Nolan (though in some cases he only received a "story by" credit). Henry Cavill, signed on for the franchise, is expected to return as Superman, but don't expect Christian Bale to return as Batman as he has stated several times over now. Nolan's involvement is said to be unclear at this time. This is obviously massive news, and perhaps a perfect bit of synergy for DC Comics. At the end of June, they dropped the first issue of "Batman/Superman" penned by Greg Pak and illustrated by Jae Lee, but again, it's not certain if that new series will play any part of the movie (something tells us, probably not).

2nd Update: The Official press release went out with further details. Snyder will co-write the story with Goyer who will pen the script. They are in pre-production now. Chris Nolan will executive produce, not produce, the Batman & Superman movie. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are all returning. “I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world," Snyder said in the press release statement. 

At Comic-Con itself, actor Henry Lennix read a line from Frank Miller’s "The Dark Knight Returns" that Zack Snyder said would influence the story (though he stressed they weren't adapting that graphic novel). Batman: “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.” The context of that quote comes from a Batman versus Superman fight set far far into the future, but the cast reading from the film suggests that Superman and Batman will at least be at odds in the beginning.  A teaser logo was unveiled a well which you can see below.

But if this does indeed shake out, it looks like Warner Bros. are again changing their approach to building to a "Justice League" movie. Previous reports suggested that they would make "Justice League," and then spinoff standalone character movies from there. And even last month it looked like Warner Bros. were going toward "Man Of Steel 2" first, but it looks like they are now changing gears. "Man Of Steel" --> "Superman & Batman" --> "Justice League"? That would certainly be a a way to go. And while we'd prefer exploring the new world of "Man Of Steel" a bit more, this approach doesn't betray the groundwork they've laid down. 

"In our world, the 'Man of Steel' world, Zack has gone on record saying that we’re implying there are other superheroes in this world. But I don’t know that they’ve come forward yet. The idea is that Superman is the first one," Goyer said last month. "There might be people helping people, but not in costumes, and that Superman comes forward and announces himself to the world. In him announcing himself, he’s the one that changes things."

It's a great, fascinating idea and we already know that Bruce Wayne is teased within "Man Of Steel," so it would be a decent bit of worldbuilding. And it would get two massive superheroes together on the big screen for the first time in history, with the pair arguably as exciting as the entirety of "The Avengers" (which is probably no surprise why WB is aiming to have this out the same year as "The Avengers 2" -- they've been playing catch-up to Marvel for years). 

But what do you think? Is this the right way to go? More news when it arrives, presumably in a few hours, but share your thoughts below. Here's the official press release below if you want to read it in full. 

On the heels of the worldwide success of “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyder is bringing together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time—Batman and Superman—for the first time on the big screen. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The current hit, “Man of Steel,” has taken in more than $630 million at the worldwide box office to date, and climbing. Along with its star, Henry Cavill, the upcoming film brings back Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. The new Batman has yet to be cast. Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in Summer 2015.

Silverman stated, “Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he’s a fan first and he utterly gets this genre. We could not think of anyone better suited to the task of bringing these iconic Super Heroes to the screen in his own way.” Kroll added, “We are thrilled to be back in business with Zack and his team on this next movie. The success of ‘Man of Steel’ is a wonderful testament to the love and support that both fans and new audiences, worldwide, have for these characters. We are very excited to see what Zack has in store for all of us.”

Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment, noted, “Superman and Batman together on the big screen is a dream come true for DC fans everywhere. All of us at DC Entertainment could not be more excited for Zack’s continuing vision for the DC Universe.”

Zack Snyder, who made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con today, breaking the news to audiences there, later said, “I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.”

The new film brings back Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder as producers. This time, Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers, along with Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan. Thomas offered, “Whilst our ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy is complete, we have every confidence that Zack’s fresh interpretation will take the character in a new and exciting direction. His vision for Superman opened the door to a whole new universe and we can’t wait to see what Zack does with these characters.” The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.

(photo credit: Eric Vespe)
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72 Comments

  • FilmLover | July 21, 2013 3:54 PMReply

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  • Janks | July 21, 2013 9:50 AMReply

    So is this gonna be like Wolfgang Petersen's Superman Vs. Batman all over again? The logo looks the same. If they fuck this up, the Justice League movie is gonna be that more difficult.

  • Davidosuperhero | July 21, 2013 8:23 AMReply

    We also need a movie about wonder woman and aquaman before the justice league come out.

  • Cylon | July 22, 2013 10:40 PM

    Why exactly does Aquaman not fit into that world? Aquaman comics are not any less serious that Superman's and no reason why the genre can't also be an action epic.

    Atlantis isn't really any less believeble than Krypton.

  • Janks | July 21, 2013 9:52 AM

    Good luck. There will never be an Aquaman movie. Maybe if you're lucky, he'll appear in the Justice League films. Also remember Man Of Steel has set up the tone for all these films. Aquaman doesn't really fit into that world.

  • Mr Mark | July 21, 2013 7:39 AMReply

    Utterly stupid. Superman is superhuman - Batman is just a quite strong man, with some very cool gadgets. It's a stupid pairing. Relative to Superman, Batman is about the same strength and speed as Lois Lane.

  • Palladium et al | September 16, 2013 1:23 AM

    Mr. Mark, please, you are being utterly ridiculous. You obviously are a newbie to comics, so I shall attempt to school you. Batman is at the pinnacle of human perfection; strength, agility, wisdom. He is about as good as you can get in martial arts, and is a supreme detective; hence Detective Comics or..........wait for it..........DC Comics. Are you with me so far? Haven't lost you yet? Good, good. Follow me a bit further, please. Batman and Superman complement each other perfectly. Superman, though superior in all other ways, he doesn't hold a candle to the information, deductive reasoning, nor the intelligence that Batman does. Together, they have worked on world-ending threats that no other heroes alone could even attempt. Please, go read some back issues of either one of them, and you'll start to understand. Have a great day, and I hope that you have something great to say about these heroes next time you decide to post something.

  • Cylone | July 21, 2013 4:50 PM

    Yeah, he says that...and then collapses on the ground.

  • uhh, no mark | July 21, 2013 12:27 PM

    Uhh, "I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.” Batman on that time he defeated Superman in The Dark Knight Returns.

  • cylon | July 21, 2013 12:22 PM

    @Adam Scott Thompson: No, he really hasn't. Batman has never gotten the better of Superman who actually fought back. In almost all the fights Batman just manages to force Superman to snap out of being mind controlled by e.g. putting Lois in danger, but not to actually defeat him.

    Only once Batman defeated Superman in a direct encounter and that's in The Dark Knight Strikes Again (non canon), where Batman has the help from the Flash, the Atom, Green Arrow and years of preparation. And even in this fight, Clark is not being pro-active, he just wanted to talk.

    There's the fight from Returns, but neither of them is truly engaged in the combat. Superman just wants to talk and Batman just wants to fake his death with the largest audience possible. Yeah, after getting wrecked the whole time, Batman gets an upper hand just long enough to give his speech...and then collapses to Superman's arms.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 21, 2013 10:03 AM

    You do know that in the comics Batman has gotten the better of Superman more than once, right?

  • FilmFanDoug | July 20, 2013 10:42 PMReply

    The beauty of The Avengers is that each film builds to the union... The anticipation is what raked in over a billion dollars. Superman vs Batman is a cash grab, plain and simple. Thrusting the two together is like going for a home run on the first date... People won't like it, and it will be the sole reason that two rejuvenated franchises will crash and burn... AGAIN.

  • Dbomb | July 20, 2013 10:15 PMReply

    Notice the logo. That was the same one used in a billboard in Times Square for "I am Legend"

  • Xoanon | July 21, 2013 12:36 PM

    Not the same at all, same method, but very different.

  • Janks | July 21, 2013 9:52 AM

    Yeah, it's similar, but it's not the same.

  • Snail | July 21, 2013 5:30 AM

    No it isn't.

  • Zeroed Out | July 20, 2013 8:02 PMReply

    Using the term "fan boy" to dispute criticisms about the film is asinine. It's a kneejerk reaction to prove superiority where there is none.

    I can break down about thirty reasons why Man of Steel was not only a terrible Superman movie, but a terrible movie in general ... easily one of the worst movies I've seen in relation to how much I was looking forward to it. From the way it was edited, the way it was shot, the way the characters acted, the way they destroyed the Superman/Pa Kent relationship, the way it destroyed the heart of Superman in general, and the ridiculous script problems, I still can't believe that this film actually got made and if it had more than one draft, I would be shocked.

    I mean, seriously ... that part where Clark doesn't save his father's life ... complete hogwash. It was bad up until that point, but then it just got laughable. Every day, people risk much more than exposure to save the lives of their loved ones. Clark should have reacted emotionally and not logically (though it's really not logical to let your father die in front of your mother and then have to feel guilty about letting your dad die, but I digress). If you can sit there and personally say that, if you had the ability to save your father's life, you would opt to stand there and do nothing, then I feel sorry for you because you are simply not a man. He didn't even have the fear of being hurt or killed and he still just stood there.

    Oh ... and of course, right before that, we got to hear the obligatory "You're not my father speech." Not only has this been done TO DEATH, Clark is pretty much a GROWN MAN in that scene ... yet he's saying this NOW and not when he was 13? Terrible, terrible writing. But I guess this is par for the course, seeing as how while people were dying all around him and very possibly trapped under rubble, he took the time to make out with Lois instead of ... oh, I don't know ... SAVING PEOPLE, YOU ASSHOLE????? Of course, many people try to explain the father thing ... but how about the fact that he neglected to save his father because he might be exposed, but then later saved a REPORTER who he didn't even know by exposing himself? So ... father ... no ... cute girl ... yes. Ah, that's commendable. And, while we're at it, why is it that his father was soooooooooo worried about concealing his son's abilities, but then left his SPACESHIP in the barn where anyone could have found it? He didn't even bury it after 20 years? Man ... my head hurts from all the stupidity in this movie.

    It doesn't take a fan boy to recognize that Superman was no hero at all in this movie ... heck, even after his grief over killing Zod and getting on with his life, he then endangered more people by THROWING A DRONE AT THEIR CAR. Hero? I think not. Batman needs to kill this jackass in the MOS sequel. I would pay good money to see that happen.

  • Pa Kent | July 22, 2013 4:24 AM

    Yeah, your absolutely right...

    Why didn't Johnathan bury that Rocket, you know, with all that traffic in and out of the Kent Barn, because its not like they live in a remote part of Kansas or anything.
    Someone could have found it at any moment!

  • Mikel | July 20, 2013 11:19 PM

    AGREE. plus if they put Zack Snyder on the "director" chair... is over from the get go.

  • Bill Wenham | July 20, 2013 7:36 PMReply

    "David S. Goyer, who also co-wrote many of "The Dark Knight" movies with Christopher Nolan"

    So two of the three?

  • JJ | July 20, 2013 6:21 PMReply

    I really love Batman, have done so all my life.
    I also love cinema. So therefore I hate the fucking joke ''director'' they call Zack Snyder.

    As you can understand, I'm not a big fan of this news.

  • Josh | July 20, 2013 6:15 PMReply

    Lets be honest, the movie will clear a billion. Its a concept people have wanted to see for a long time.

  • Chris Walli | July 20, 2013 5:58 PMReply

    Karl Urban as Batman. He looks perfect for Bruce Wayne, and his Judge Dredd performance was about as close to Batman as you could get.

  • Frances Heh | July 20, 2013 5:54 PMReply

    Seems like a recipe for disaster

  • nickp | July 20, 2013 5:44 PMReply

    I just wish Christian Bale could do another batman movie!

  • AJ | July 20, 2013 4:58 PMReply

    Have the dark knight trilogy set before there was ever a superman, have Bruce Wayne start to hear about him and start to research him after he has faked his death. Thats when you could open his eyes and realise that their is more to the world so it makes him come back as Batman and that's how you could make the universes work.

  • NEP | July 20, 2013 9:47 PM

    Exactly the angle I'd go with. He was basically witnessing what was happening and realizes he's not done - he can't be. He comes to terms with the world being bigger than what Bruce Wayne 'wants' and is in a way, inspired by Kal-El/Superman. I doubt he coming back, but it could make sense, especially if they had a scene where they kind of go toe-to-toe and at first everyone is like "this doesn't make sense" but then you see he's got some 'green' in his suit or something. Just enough to level the playing field. I think that in this version, Kryptonite will not be lethal to Superman, but rather an equalizer - the way to go to me.
    So, they get into at some point, and perhaps it's viewed as a 'test' of sorts to see if Kal really is a good guy. Batman doesn't trust him with all his power, so he tests him - definitely sounds like something he'd do. They could use that angle even with a new Batman. Alright, enough from me. With Nolan being 'executive' this time, it makes me wonder if there's something going on here... Probably not, but I won't write it off until I see that it's not Bale.

  • Shawn | July 20, 2013 5:19 PM

    I love it! It's really can be that simple. Bale being Batman is the only way it really works on all levels!

  • Oh well | July 20, 2013 4:51 PMReply

    So basically they're rebooting Batman AGAIN.

  • IF ZACK SNYDER DIRECTS | July 20, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    If Zack Snyder attempts to recreate the Batman that Christopher Nolan created, he should be ashamed of even trying.

  • I Love BOTH Batman and Superman, but... | July 20, 2013 4:45 PMReply

    This honestly freaks me out. Christopher Nolan's Batman is meant to be its own world -- Gotham is the world in TDK Trilogy, and Metropolis is the world in MOS. They are two separate worlds!

  • NEP | July 20, 2013 9:56 PM

    They never said it's the same Batman. Just so we're clear...

    Although, I have to say, if they do join the worlds, it would be like 'post dkr' events. Clark was journeying through the world at the time all of that went down, then his MOS events happened, which Bruce witnesses, realizing that this is bigger than him - so he 'returns' as Batman. There are two reasons why I would say it COULD be Bale reprising (doubt it though, because they said 'new batman'): 1) Nolan is 'executive producer' now, which means he's got a lot more power over the process (which is good imo). 2) Inspiration is from 'the dark knight returns.' 'Returns' being the key word here. I'm not hoping either way... I just want a cool movie. If they take a their cue more from the comics this time, surely, they can come up with an awesome story. I'm pretty excited already - just to see those two characters on the same screen in live action is going to be pretty cool.

  • MARY | July 20, 2013 4:31 PMReply

    OMG like let's put like Batman and Superman and Spiderman and Iron Man and Darth Vader and like Indiana Jones and Buzz Lightyear and like James Bond and Sam Spade and Tarzan and fuck it why not Ron Burgundy and the guys from the Hangover, all in the same movie! YAY!

    That'd be sooooooo cooool!

  • Shawn | July 20, 2013 4:14 PMReply

    This movie will only be truly successful if Bale comes back as Batman!!! WB/DC don’t insult all your moviegoers who obviously loved Bale in the role by rebooting the character! You want to be on par or fair better than Marvel you better get Bale back! Be smart, you get him back and everybody wins!!! Oh, and chances are you surpass the success of the avengers! Again, be smart! Bale is this generations Batman! Don’t rock the boat!!

  • Keith | July 21, 2013 12:35 PM

    @tony I agree 100% the character is like the american version of james bond

  • Tony | July 21, 2013 4:56 AM

    No actor is bigger than an iconic character like Batman. There was Batman before Bale and there will be Batman after Bale. It would be great if they got Bale back as Batman but it's probably a long shot. It doesn't matter how much money they offer him because he doesn't need the money. It will depend on whether he wants to do it, whether he thinks it's a creative challenge and opportunity to further explore the character within the context of a larger DC universe. If he doesn't want to do it then it won't happen.

  • msf | July 20, 2013 4:06 PMReply

    I'm definitely interested. I just hate the idea of Superman inspiring all other DC superheroes, especially Batman. He has more than enough of his own motivation.

  • Craig Mitchell | July 20, 2013 3:47 PMReply

    I called this.... A Worlds Finest Movie...is much easier to do first....this is a EXCELLENT choice by Warners!

  • S.Masters | July 20, 2013 3:45 PMReply

    What a bunch of yahoos and crying babies. MOS was a great film, you fan boys suck much man ass. Fan boys are the worst film babies, always saying they went away from the comic books. Give me a break!!! Hollywood will never, ever, ever do a comic book movie straight from the books. Simply because the general public is bigger than that of crying fan boys. The market is bigger so it means more money. Zack Snyder is a great visionary director i always thought he was perfect for the job, all of his movies are beautiful way of art. Man of Steel goes with his style. Now I do think they are rushing the Batman/Superman Movie, I think they should do a Man of Steel2 (Man or Tomorrow), before a DC movie Team UP. I'm guessing they want to reboot Batman, so don't be surprised if Batman/Superman is a Batman origin story with some type of flashbacks. This way it sets up the Stand Alone Batman film without an origin, it will go straight into the story. (Then again I could be very wrong)

  • Fan of steel | July 20, 2013 8:54 PM

    Finally some who knows what they are talking about!! Man of steel was a fantastic movie an I can not wait to see this knew movie!!! Kinda want to see more of superman in his own movie but Zack is perfect for the job!!!!!

  • Zeroed Out | July 20, 2013 8:00 PM

    Using the term "fan boy" to dispute criticisms about the film is asinine. It's a kneejerk reaction to prove superiority where there is none.

    I can break down about thirty reasons why Man of Steel was not only a terrible Superman movie, but a terrible movie in general ... easily one of the worst movies I've seen in relation to how much I was looking forward to it. From the way it was edited, the way it was shot, the way the characters acted, the way they destroyed the Superman/Pa Kent relationship, the way it destroyed the heart of Superman in general, and the ridiculous script problems, I still can't believe that this film actually got made and if it had more than one draft, I would be shocked.

    I mean, seriously ... that part where Clark doesn't save his father's life ... complete hogwash. It was bad up until that point, but then it just got laughable. Every day, people risk much more than exposure to save the lives of their loved ones. Clark should have reacted emotionally and not logically (though it's really not logical to let your father die in front of your mother and then have to feel guilty about letting your dad die, but I digress). If you can sit there and personally say that, if you had the ability to save your father's life, you would opt to stand there and do nothing, then I feel sorry for you because you are simply not a man. He didn't even have the fear of being hurt or killed and he still just stood there.

    Oh ... and of course, right before that, we got to hear the obligatory "You're not my father speech." Not only has this been done TO DEATH, Clark is pretty much a GROWN MAN in that scene ... yet he's saying this NOW and not when he was 13? Terrible, terrible writing. But I guess this is par for the course, seeing as how while people were dying all around him and very possibly trapped under rubble, he took the time to make out with Lois instead of ... oh, I don't know ... SAVING PEOPLE, YOU ASSHOLE????? Of course, many people try to explain the father thing ... but how about the fact that he neglected to save his father because he might be exposed, but then later saved a REPORTER who he didn't even know by exposing himself? So ... father ... no ... cute girl ... yes. Ah, that's commendable. And, while we're at it, why is it that his father was soooooooooo worried about concealing his son's abilities, but then left his SPACESHIP in the barn where anyone could have found it? He didn't even bury it after 20 years? Man ... my head hurts from all the stupidity in this movie.

    It doesn't take a fan boy to recognize that Superman was no hero at all in this movie ... heck, even after his grief over killing Zod and getting on with his life, he then endangered more people by THROWING A DRONE AT THEIR CAR. Hero? I think not. Batman needs to kill this jackass in the MOS sequel. I would pay good money to see that happen.

  • Zeroed Out | July 20, 2013 7:42 PM

    Using the term "fan boy" to dispute criticisms about the film is asinine. It's a kneejerk reaction to prove superiority where there is none.

    I can break down about thirty reasons why Man of Steel was not only a terrible Superman movie, but a terrible movie in general ... easily one of the worst movies I've seen in relation to how much I was looking forward to it. From the way it was edited, the way it was shot, the way the characters acted, the way they destroyed the Superman/Pa Kent relationship, the way it destroyed the heart of Superman in general, and the ridiculous script problems, I still can't believe that this film actually got made and if it had more than one draft, I would be shocked.

    I mean, seriously ... that part where Clark doesn't save his father's life ... complete hogwash. It was bad up until that point, but then it just got laughable. Every day, people risk much more than exposure to save the lives of their loved ones. Clark should have reacted emotionally and not logically (though it's really not logical to let your father die in front of your mother and then have to feel guilty about letting your dad die, but I digress). If you can sit there and personally say that, if you had the ability to save your father's life, you would opt to stand there and do nothing, then I feel sorry for you because you are simply not a man. He didn't even have the fear of being hurt or killed and he still just stood there.

    Oh ... and of course, right before that, we got to hear the obligatory "You're not my father speech." Not only has this been done TO DEATH, Clark is pretty much a GROWN MAN in that scene ... yet he's saying this NOW and not when he was 13? Terrible, terrible writing. But I guess this is par for the course, seeing as how while people were dying all around him and very possibly trapped under rubble, he took the time to make out with Lois instead of ... oh, I don't know ... SAVING PEOPLE, YOU ASSHOLE????? Of course, many people try to explain the father thing ... but how about the fact that he neglected to save his father because he might be exposed, but then later saved a REPORTER who he didn't even know by exposing himself? So ... father ... no ... cute girl ... yes. Ah, that's commendable. And, while we're at it, why is it that his father was soooooooooo worried about concealing his son's abilities, but then left his SPACESHIP in the barn where anyone could have found it? He didn't even bury it after 20 years? Man ... my head hurts from all the stupidity in this movie.

    It doesn't take a fan boy to recognize that Superman was no hero at all in this movie ... heck, even after his grief over killing Zod and getting on with his life, he then endangered more people by THROWING A DRONE AT THEIR CAR. Hero? I think not. Batman needs to kill this jackass in the MOS sequel. I would pay good money to see that happen.

  • Zeroed Out | July 20, 2013 7:23 PM

    Using the term "fan boy" to dispute criticisms about the film is asinine. It's a kneejerk reaction to prove superiority where there is none.

    I can break down about thirty reasons why Man of Steel was not only a terrible Superman movie, but a terrible movie in general ... easily one of the worst movies I've seen in relation to how much I was looking forward to it. From the way it was edited, the way it was shot, the way the characters acted, the way they destroyed the Superman/Pa Kent relationship, the way it destroyed the heart of Superman in general, and the ridiculous script problems, I still can't believe that this film actually got made and if it had more than one draft, I would be shocked.

    I mean, seriously ... that part where Clark doesn't save his father's life ... complete hogwash. It was bad up until that point, but then it just got laughable. Every day, people risk much more than exposure to save the lives of their loved ones. Clark should have reacted emotionally and not logically (though it's really not logical to let your father die in front of your mother and then have to feel guilty about letting your dad die, but I digress). If you can sit there and personally say that, if you had the ability to save your father's life, you would opt to stand there and do nothing, then I feel sorry for you because you are simply not a man. He didn't even have the fear of being hurt or killed and he still just stood there.

    Oh ... and of course, right before that, we got to hear the obligatory "You're not my father speech." Not only has this been done TO DEATH, Clark is pretty much a GROWN MAN in that scene ... yet he's saying this NOW and not when he was 13? Terrible, terrible writing. But I guess this is par for the course, seeing as how while people were dying all around him and very possibly trapped under rubble, he took the time to make out with Lois instead of ... oh, I don't know ... SAVING PEOPLE, YOU ASSHOLE????? Of course, many people try to explain the father thing ... but how about the fact that he neglected to save his father because he might be exposed, but then later saved a REPORTER who he didn't even know by exposing himself? So ... father ... no ... cute girl ... yes. Ah, that's commendable. And, while we're at it, why is it that his father was soooooooooo worried about concealing his son's abilities, but then left his SPACESHIP in the barn where anyone could have found it? He didn't even bury it after 20 years? Man ... my head hurts from all the stupidity in this movie.

    It doesn't take a fan boy to recognize that Superman was no hero at all in this movie ... heck, even after his grief over killing Zod and getting on with his life, he then endangered more people by THROWING A DRONE AT THEIR CAR. Hero? I think not. Batman needs to kill this jackass in the MOS sequel. I would pay good money to see that happen.

  • Zeroed Out | July 20, 2013 7:14 PM

    Using the term "fan boy" to dispute criticisms about the film is asinine. It's a kneejerk reaction to prove superiority where there is none.

    I can break down about thirty reasons why Man of Steel was not only a terrible Superman movie, but a terrible movie in general ... easily one of the worst movies I've seen in relation to how much I was looking forward to it. From the way it was edited, the way it was shot, the way the characters acted, the way they destroyed the Superman/Pa Kent relationship, the way it destroyed the heart of Superman in general, and the ridiculous script problems, I still can't believe that this film actually got made and if it had more than one draft, I would be shocked.

    I mean, seriously ... that part where Clark doesn't save his father's life ... complete hogwash. Every day, people risk much more than exposure to save the lives of their loved ones. Clark should have reacted emotionally and not logically. If you can sit there and say that, if you had the ability to save your father's life and would opt to stand there and do nothing, then I feel sorry for you because you are simply not a man.

    Oh ... and of course, right before that, we got to hear the obligatory "You're not my father speech." Not only has this been done TO DEATH, Clark is pretty much a GROWN MAN in that scene ... yet he's saying this NOW and not when he was 13? Terrible, terrible writing. But I guess this is par for the course, seeing as how while people were dying all around him and very possibly trapped under rubble, he took the time to make out with Lois instead of ... oh, I don't know ... SAVING PEOPLE, YOU ASSHOLE?????

    It doesn't take a fan boy to recognize that Superman was no hero at all in this movie ... heck, even after his grief over killing Zod and getting on with his life, he then endangered more people by THROWING A DRONE AT THEIR CAR. Hero? I think not. Batman needs to kill this guy in the MOS sequel. I would pay good money to see that happen.

  • Ralph | July 20, 2013 4:33 PM

    *Zack

  • Ralph | July 20, 2013 4:16 PM

    Ok Zach.

  • pisher | July 20, 2013 3:16 PMReply

    I like the general idea, but I won't go see any movie made by Zack Snyder. I just won't. He' s a horrible director, and he ruined Superman.

    They have to get somebody else to make the film. A lot of people were just disgusted by the way Man of Steel distorted who Superman is--now they do the same to Batman as well? No thanks. Dump Snyder, or forget about it.

  • Cam | July 20, 2013 3:09 PMReply

    Not the first time these two characters have been on the big screen together. Earlier this year, they were both in Movie 43.

  • Prasanna | July 20, 2013 3:01 PMReply

    Well, how shall we call this? "Epic insult to Batman" would fit right.

  • Joey | July 20, 2013 3:00 PMReply

    Ehh... Don't get me wrong I loved man of steel, and think this idea is awesome but if its not Bale, than idk. Even get Joseph Gordon Levitt to return at least

  • Lambda | July 20, 2013 2:46 PMReply

    Batman: Clark...Clark! There must be an easier way to stop that villain. You don't have to blow the whole city, man.
    Superman: I'M A MONSTEEEER! MY FATHER WAS RIGHT!
    Buster: Mine is a drug addict.
    Batman: My parents are dead...
    God: I've two daddies.
    UNIVERSE: ∞

  • no more | July 20, 2013 2:27 PMReply

    Jesus christ when will these awful superhero movies end.

  • AGREE PLEASE NO MORE RESPONDS TO IDIOCY | July 21, 2013 1:58 AM

    Yeah yeah. We get it Catnip. Anyone who doesn't like super-hero movies is therefore a hipster. Good one! I'm 41 years old and I live in fucking Tennessee in the middle of nowhere and I own a mountain bike. Does that make you happy? Am I allowed to dislike superhero movies now?? Your disses are unoriginal just like the dumb fucking superhero movies you like. Now fuck off you little twerp. Go sop up what Hollywood shits out for you.

  • You don't have to be a hipster to be annoyed by these movies... | July 20, 2013 8:09 PM

    You just have to be over the age of 23 and/or have a vagina.

  • Derek | July 20, 2013 5:17 PM

    Do you remember what Steven Spielberg said recently about Hollywood imploding after a series of mega-flops ? He predicted movie ticket prices going through the roof - and theater chains collapsing as these so-called tent-pole formula movies collapse one after the other. Well imagine this : the year is 2024. There are only two movie theaters open in every major city. Tickets are $200 each and the only films showing are "Superman Sequel 27" and "The Fast and the Furious Part 38." Everyone else will probably be watching a soap opera shot on an Iphone about some American family fighting over who will wash the dishes that night, or some equally mundane drivel. Yes, the death of the American imagination has serious implications for the future.

  • Catnip | July 20, 2013 4:48 PM

    Oh, so sorry! Mr. Hipstermustache, we'll be right back with some Wes Anderson news for you to salivate over as you work on your fixed wheel.

  • AGREE PLEASE NO MORE | July 20, 2013 4:19 PM

    Fuckin' A. These movies are so dumb. Can't stand them. Every month a new one. It's boooring. Can we all please boycott these things?

  • [A] | July 20, 2013 2:39 PM

    When they stop making money, Einstein.

  • Doug | July 20, 2013 2:23 PMReply

    This is absolutely a perfect idea. Marvel is good, but, these are THE 2 biggest icons in the business, and you put them together in a movie and you have dropped a huge bomb on the entertainment world. This movie will draw 2 different audiences, the box office should be monstrous. What could be bigger, how about Justice League, and I read just a bit ago that we are looking at that in 2017 now, with another solo fill coming in 2016. Its not official but is expected to be announced at Comic Con later this evening. Its a good solid plan to take us to the promised land. Oh, that 2016 solo film is alleged to be The Flash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • Dilbert | July 20, 2013 4:20 PM

    Wow just go jerk it to the box office while your at it.

  • Mark | July 20, 2013 2:20 PMReply

    Damn. I wanted to see man of steel 2. Then maybe a superman /batman film together. But a superman franchise would b good first! THEN combine them

  • Allen | July 20, 2013 2:19 PMReply

    Considering how good Man of Steel was, this could be great, and I really hope Bale will be Batman. No one else can portray him like he does.
    Another thing, DC can't just make this then the JLA movie.
    What they need to do: Man of Steel--->Superman & Batman--->Introduce other DC Heroes in movies of their own: Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, etc.---> Man of Steel Sequel---> And finally, The Justice League.

  • Skywater | July 20, 2013 2:14 PMReply

    Smart move i think. Justice league maybe too big and unweildy for now. But superman & batman is managable, & can definately go up against the avengers.

  • BrotherSporter | July 20, 2013 2:03 PMReply

    I sincerely hope that someone else makes this film. Man of Steel was the most disappointing movie so far this summer.

  • Rony | July 20, 2013 2:02 PMReply

    Joss when sucks ass just disappointed That bale isn't joining the ultimate superhero franchise

  • yemka | July 20, 2013 1:51 PMReply

    This is stupid. Bale isn't returning, and it's way too soon to recast Batman. This isn't like a Spiderman recasting bit. Bale is the ultimate Batman, and Nolan's films are nearly iconic at this point. Cavill is a decent Superman but MOS was pretty terrible with an exception of the luminous Amy Adams and Diane Lane/Kevin Costner bit. Seriously- unless Joss Whedon or some other bomb ass director is going to come aboard, this idea is terrible and such an obvious money grab.

  • Doug | July 20, 2013 2:25 PM

    yeah, probably a good idea to wait and let an entire generation of fans die before we get far enough down the road for a Justice League movie, then we can have an entire audience of people asking "who the hell are these people? never heard of em". How about NOT!!!!!!

  • Spawn | July 20, 2013 1:51 PMReply

    I hope we at least get a new roller coaster at Six Flags out of this

  • toothsayer | July 20, 2013 2:21 PM

    This is gold.

  • DG | July 20, 2013 1:27 PMReply

    Waaaaaaaacckk

  • JP | July 20, 2013 1:07 PMReply

    2015 is either going to be one of the best years or one of the worst. Either way its going to be huge.

  • ripvandumkof | July 20, 2013 1:02 PMReply

    World's Finest? but please no Luthor/Joker team. give em space aliens or Despero to fight!

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