Holy shit, kids. This is the real deal. I know the post earlier broke the news, but the man himself has stepped forward and confirmed what is undoubtedly the biggest news to come out of Comic-Con week 2014.
According to /Film, Zack Snyder took the stage at the end of the DC panel today, gesturing that moderator Chris Hardwick should move aside. Snyder said, “I’m gonna take the lectern from you, because some shit’s going to happen up here.”
“It’s official that we are going to make another Superman movie. And you say, Zack, what is the movie about? But you don’t want me to tell you that. You want to go and see the movie. But I can say that maybe there’s a single element that will be in the film that I could… help you out with. I was thinking about how to do that. I pored through the DC Universe to look for a way to tell this thing. We’re writing the thing now, but I came across a thing I found that’ll help you understand it.”
This is when things went from amazing to downright astounding.
Harry Lennix spoke up, quoting Frank Miller’s classic tale The Dark Knight Returns, and said “I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember your hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”
For those unaware, that’s Batman talking to Superman. BATMAN TALKING TO SUPERMAN (having defeated him, no less).
To be clear, this film will not be an adaptation. Snyder explicitly said “we’re not adapting this thing, but it is the thing that will help us tell that story.”
That’s more than enough for us.
A press release sent out following the event confirmed Henry Cavill will return as Superman, as well as a slew of supporting characters. No word on Batman yet, but it’s still worth a read. Here it is in full:
NEXT DC SUPER HERO MOVIE IN PRE-PRODUCTION
Director Zack Snyder Unites Superman and Batman in One Explosive New Film
BURBANK, CA, July 20, 2013 – On the heels of the worldwide success of “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyderis 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 upcomingfilm 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 inSummer 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.”
DC released a fantastic two-part animated version of The Dark Knight Returns within the last year. You can view a clip below, but a highly recommend viewing the full feature at your earliest convenience.