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Warner Bros. announced at Comic Con tonight that the next “Man of Steel” movie won’t be a sequel. Instead, they’ve wisely decided — with “The Dark Knight” trilogy behind them– do a “Superman” meets “Batman” movie. Henry Cavill will continue as Superman. But Batman is another story. Christian Bale is done after the three Christopher Nolan movies. So who should play Batman aka Bruce Wayne? Remember, this film will come out in summer 2015, two years from now. Go to our poll and vote from those choices, or send me your ideas.

“Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder and writer David Goyer will repeat from “Man of Steel”— and this time maybe there will be a third act and not just a massive battle sequence. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane have signed on. Adams and Fishburne played Lois Lane and Perry White in “Man of Steel.” Diane Lane may be Bruce Wayne’s new squeeze– correction– she will return as Ma Kent.

Two heroes require multiple villains and some shrewd plotting back and forth from Metropolis to Gotham City. I like the idea of Clark and Lois investigating Bruce Wayne’s businesses. That could be a neat starting off point.

When I was a kid, Superman, Batman, and Spider Man comics cost 12 cents. If anyone had suggested that four decades later multimillions hinged on these guys, I would have laughed my head off. They were just comic book characters! I just wish they hadn’t ruined the Green Lantern.

Meantime, Comic Con has really become Promo Weekend for almost all of TV and all the action, comic, thriller and miscellaneous movies, sequels, and merchandising for Hollywood. The interviews with TV stars about their characters and the story lines of TV shows are hilariously earnest. It’s sort of like the anti-Cannes Film Festival.

Here’s the press release from Warner Bros.:

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.”

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
20 replies to this post
  1. Fassbender definitely. But personally I think bale should grow a set and just be batman again. What could he possibly have against making millions of dollars?

  2. “Dude” That’s really weird that you say that, cause that’s who I picture playing him too!! Either that, or if Armie Hammer proves himself to have some reliable acting chops, bring him back for the role he almost DID play back in the early Millennium. But he would have to redeem himself from The Lone Ranger.

  3. a big 6.4 inch tall muscular square jawed guy that looks like the ark-ham batman, not some short actor again in armour that is just not convincing, Christian bale is a good actor but honestly batman is suppose to be a tall masculinity looking guy who stands above most others in size, if they put a small guy in as actor and expect everyone to believe he can overpower superman it will be very stupid and unconvincing. The costume needs to be like ark ham also, not the same old black armour that is so not true of the character.

  4. Jon Hamm would be an exceptional choice as Batman. He has charisma, acting chops, and comedic timing, which would add charm to the character. It’s one thing to be serious but a hero needs a sense of humor too.

    Truly evil people have a sense of humor that is twisted. That doesn’t mean the good guys can’t have a sense of humor.

    Some of James Bond’s better moments are when he drops a clever line. Humphrey Bogart’s detective in The Maltese Falcon had a sense of humor and cleverness that lent his character real humor but didn’t obscure his serious side.

  5. Diane Lane Batman’s squeeze? That would make for an awkward conversation between him and Clark: “Wait, you’re dating my mom?” I think you just failed the Bechdel test. ;-)

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