Warner Bros and DC just made fans all over the world happy with the now confirmed announcement coming out of Comic Con that Batman and Superman, arguably two of the most iconic comic characters in history, are finally getting their first live action crossover film.
The news broke a little earlier but was just made official moments ago with the WB Comic Con panel and unveiling above of the film's logo.
Director Zack Snyder took to the stage and brought up actor Harry Lennix to read a special message, a quote that Batman fans will remember everywhere from the immortal classic Frank Miller story, The Dark Knight Returns;
"I want you to remember Clark," Lennix said, "in all the years to come. In all your private moments. In all the years to come, my hand at your throat. I want you to remember, the one man who beat you."Now is that a throwaway geek moment or is it serving the purpose that this movie would follow somewhat Miller's treatment of both characters?
Of course a Batman/Superman movie is something weve all been waiting for a long time, with attempts at a pairing going back over a decade or more. This film will be launched as a direct follow-up to this summers Man of Steel, Zack Snyder will direct, along with writer David S. Goyer and star Henry Cavill. Whos Batman? Thats of course anybodys guess at this point, although its probably safe money to say it wont be Christian Bale or Joseph Gordon Levitt.
Whether or not Christopher Nolan, who served as producer on Man of Steel and brought Batman out of the day-glow shadows with The Dark Knight trilogy, is involved in the film yet remains to be seen but it would certainly be interesting to see him have some guiding role in this. The movie is slated for a 2015 release and represents the first recent step to melding these character universes on the big screen.
Also it has been confirmed that Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will be returning for the film, along with star Henry Cavill.
Personally, I think this is a much more interesting direction than jumping right to a Justice League movie, and will give DC the opportunity to grow this world before they start introducing characters that need a bit more explanation and finesse when it comes to the mainstream audience.
What do you think of this news? Is this the direction you wanted to see for a Batman and Superman pairing?