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.
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 DCEntertainment 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.