Zack Snyder confirms that Man Of Steel sequel will be a Batman-Superman movie: Comic-Con 2013

Makes the announcement at the Warner Bros panel

Zack Snyder appeared at the end of Warner Bros' 2013 Comic-Con panel to confirm that the Man Of Steel sequel would be a Batman-Supeman movie.

He didn’t give away any plot details, but he did get Man Of Steel actor Harry Lennix to read out a line from the comics that suggested Superman and Batman might not be best buds in the film, which is currently being written.

“I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.,” read Lennix in his authoritative tone, recalling the famous line that Batman says to Superman after an almighty smackdown in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.

After that, the lights went down and a logo appeared on the Hall's giant screens...

Snyder said the line was hint, rather than a direct indicator of where the story would go.

Unsurprisingly, the news blew the roof off of Comic-Con’s Hall H, and will likely be the biggest announcement of the festival.

Start the Batman casting rumours now!

What do you think of the news? Tell us below!

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    • marvelboy

      Jul 20th 2013, 22:10

      f**k me sideways and tickle me pink I think I've just pee'd ... plus flash in 2016 and JLA for 2017 DC is the bomb

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    • alexgothair

      Jul 20th 2013, 22:19

      I know Christian Bale said he was done with Batman, but I'd love him to come back. But then again DEFINITELY wouldn't complain if they had it set after Dark Knight Rises, and it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt! He is a very talented actor and I think he'd do a brilliant job :D

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    • waynethompson

      Jul 20th 2013, 22:27

      I think Luke Evans would make a great Batman.

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 20th 2013, 22:43

      Holy s**t

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    • davidpegg

      Jul 20th 2013, 22:55

      The main guy from person of interest fits well for bats the voice attitude and build all work. love DC and Marvel so for me the more films the better.

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    • samuelsegovia

      Jul 20th 2013, 22:58

      "and it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt! He is a very talented actor and I think he'd do a brilliant job :D" What's the matter with you? Are you high?

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    • Murphy0806

      Jul 21st 2013, 1:26

      The Batman role will be completely recast. The press release said that the Dark Knight trilogy is complete, I assume that means no Joseph Gordon Levitt. Hope so anyway, I can't see that working as much as I like him as an actor. Matthew Goode impressed me in Stoker and has previous form with Snyder.

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    • lfcfen

      Jul 21st 2013, 6:11

      Be cool if Nolan and Snyder co-direct it possibly with and meaning Bale would be involved.

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    • ilikescifi

      Jul 21st 2013, 7:19

      what was that? the studios giving the fans what they want? interesting idea....

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    • mattburgess

      Jul 21st 2013, 7:37

      Anybody else feel like it'll be more a Superman film than an equal share? (It being a Superman sequel and all). I wonder if the many unfavorable reviews had anything to do with this decision...

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    • mattburgess

      Jul 21st 2013, 7:39

      Also, it's still being directed by Zach Snyder, so lets not get our hopes too high.

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    • Benmorse

      Jul 21st 2013, 7:55

      Man Of Steel is one of the few movies that come around that left me angry. It was a waste of time, crass, and filled with meaningless imagery, with no emotional resonance. So I cannot WAIT for Snyder's take on Batman. No-one is going to live up to the Nolan trilogy. But going from fine dining to festival hot-dog is quite the leap. It's DC, desperate for the Marvel megabucks model, hoping they did enough with one movie to force through a franchise. DC diehards will be excited, the casual viewer interested. It'll make predictable huge bank in the opening weekend, then drop fiercely. By which point the same team will have finished pushing out the Justice League script that no-one wants.

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    • Gimmeshelter

      Jul 21st 2013, 10:03

      Many problems with this being a sequel to man of steel mainly being the first one sucked , sack Snyder get Nolan to sort it out. Surely would make more sense to explore the Superman story before jumping straight into a Vs movie, because the first one had no structure didn't really make superman look like much of a hero by killing half the world off just have a punch up with Zod . Warner bros f****d up big time with the first one they need to sort that mess out before chucking batman into the fire and tarnishing the dark knight trilogy's hard work! Where will Lex Luthor fit into this movie? Leave the Vs s**t until this stuff is done or you're just gonna p**s of a lot of people!

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 21st 2013, 10:19

      God enough with the MOS/Snyder hate the movie was awesome! I still hope Lex Luther appears in MOS2.

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    • Mings

      Jul 21st 2013, 12:26

      Gerard Butler as Batman.

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    • Igrayne

      Jul 21st 2013, 13:53

      Man of Steel was a pointless, arrogant and soulless piece of garbage, do not care about the sequel.

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    • MadMatt

      Jul 21st 2013, 13:55

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion, Ali. Anyway, I think this is a more logical choice than a Justice League movie right off the bat. This helps them design a world in which more than one superhero exists, stagger the introductions of new characters at the same time as making a sequel to an existing movie. But it also raises a few concerns - that none of the creative team (or at least the studio) has total confidence in a solo Superman movie and feels the need to lean on the built-in audience for a 'gritty, cool' character like Batman. I guess it depends on your point of view; as the reception to the movie has been at best 50/50 positive/negative, there was always the chance that the studio would pressure the filmmakers to make Man Of Steel warmer and lighter. Now, that would be more to my taste, but personally I think Snyder and company should be permitted to continue the path they've started on and not pander to critics, whether or not that is a movie I particularly want to see.

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    • MadMatt

      Jul 21st 2013, 14:30

      On a side note, I wonder if Hans Zimmer will wheel out his two-note Dark Knight theme, or if he'll insist it's time to move on, not be beholden to the past or owe a debt to any other movies and create new music? A one-and-a-half note dirge this time, maybe? Because using as many as two notes is so cheesy and dated, isn't it?

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    • spid2411

      Jul 21st 2013, 14:31

      Man of steel was good for an hour then descended into a total mess like the last hour of the Avengers. It reeked of studio pressure to blast something out so they can get things going to make a Justice League movie (which is a totally s**te idea) . It was a missed opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the Dark Knight trilogy and make a quality Superman trilogy with the second one maybe having Lex Luther and Brainiac as villains and perhaps Doomsday as the villain in the last one. But no - this is no longer about quality. Its about making money - and lots of it. This stuff is becoming a joke now and you embarrass yourselves getting all excited about it (unless you are 10 years old of course) . Lets be f*****g clear.... THE AVENGERS WAS AVERAGE s**tE THAT YOU SEE ONCE AND NEVER NEED TO SEE AGAIN. For such mediocrity to be the benchmark now is just a f*****g embarrassment.

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    • marilyn

      Jul 21st 2013, 14:36

      Luke Evans? ... Mmm that's an interesting idea.... Although I think we all secretly hope Christian Bale will reprise the role, let's face it: there will never be a better Batman than him! But if we could throw in some names/ideas, why not: Michael Fassbender, Charlie Hunnam (a blonde Batman, like they did with James Bond)...

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 21st 2013, 15:25

      If you don't like Man of Steel then please just GTFO of this thread. I highly doubt the next Batman will be British again, between an English Superman and a previous Welsh Batman I think it's time we gave some of the iconic comic book characters to an American or Canadian. I also don't think WB should go with a well known actor for Batman, an unknown or someone from tv would be nice, Jensen Ackles seems to be a popular choice throughout the internet.

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    • ilikescifi

      Jul 21st 2013, 16:10

      DiCaprio

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    • chibik

      Jul 21st 2013, 17:05

      lol @ spid ranting about Avengers in a thread about Man of Steel 2

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    • Mattsimus

      Jul 21st 2013, 20:13

      Yeah let's face it MOS was good not great, but its still the Superman movie we should have had a while back! This direction is great and a big positive surprise they are doing a duo team up with super n Bats, it's actually quite exciting. Yes of course all the real fans wanna see Bale bk as Batman n all that dont like him at least do appreciate what he brought to Bruce Wayne, but to be fair Luke Evans is a good.... Good call : D.... As for Spid? Well the Hater strikes again, a variety of opinions are of course welcome but you are just a plain hater! Out of interest, what do you like Spid?...... Please don't say my mum, cos trust me she's pretty mingin!!! Haha

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 21st 2013, 20:46

      @Ali1748 lol....Superman : "Oi Bats, behave yourself or I'll give you a slap" Batman :" Leave it out will you? I'm Batman, see?"

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 21st 2013, 20:54

      The Joker : "Will you two Galah's shut up? We're trying to watch the Ashes" Wolverine " Too right mate.. pomms are beating us, we looking crook, bloody L.B " Spiderman : "Yess, Get in there my son". Yes I'm bored..

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    • joegilmartin

      Jul 21st 2013, 21:35

      Spid wow I feel sorry for you anyone who could enjoy the cinematic orgasm that was avengers. I think you need a movie Viagra (Scarlett Johansen maybe?!?!). You didn't like Man of Steel or Avengers, dude do you even like movies. I LOVE movies even bad ones. I LOVED the avengers I Liked Man of Steel but who cares!! As you Bats and Supes going head to head, that's sounds like a Cinematic gangbang!!!! Ok I think I'm out offset and cinema jokes, toddles!!!!!

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    • Mattsimus

      Jul 21st 2013, 23:25

      SSSSPPPIIIDDDDDDDDD............

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    • Tony92

      Jul 21st 2013, 23:26

      On a shortlist I'd like to see Michael Pitt try out this role. Played such a definitive character on Boardwalk Empire that I think he could bring the type of uniqueness to the role that Heath Ledger brought to the Joker. Keaton defined the quintessential Bruce Wayne while Bale played the better Batman. An actor like Michael Pitt could surprise many and bring a new light to this character.

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    • smellyhands

      Jul 22nd 2013, 0:23

      Personally I think the industry has become over saturated with comic book films. I'm fairly tired of them. The Avengers and the recent Batman trilogy is all we need for now. Time to take a much needed break from it Hollywood. Plus Snyder is an awful director and whenever I hear him being interviewed he comes off as a moron. So a different director would be important.

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    • hawkinjim

      Jul 22nd 2013, 2:33

      The recent Batman trilogy we received was infinitely better than what I saw out of Man of Steel...Snyder better not turn Batman into a soft, colorful character. Chris Nolan better step up in his role with this film as opposed to the last. I'd personally like to see John and Chris Nolan write this next script.

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    • ilikescifi

      Jul 22nd 2013, 3:37

      omg get Nolan to do Batman vs Superman, get Nolan to do another Batman, get Nolan to do Justice League, get Nolan to do Transformers, get Nolan to do my laundry, no wonder everything feels the same nowadays, it's such a tiny pool of creatives, mostly owned by Disney.

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    • StevePotter

      Jul 22nd 2013, 4:16

      Not a huge fan of "Man of Steel." It was entertaining, but also immensely stupid, and I think any rational person can agree that there were flaws, correct? Ok, moving on. Christian Bale won't be a part of this, that'd be distracting and pointless, and I highly doubt that JGL will play Batman either (seeing as he, you know, SAID HE WOULDN'T). I think the obvious choice for Batman would be Karl Urban. He proved in "Dredd" that he's got a great voice for that type of part, and since there's a good chance that a sequel won't happen- it seems like he could give the role of Batman a fair shake.

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    • batt101

      Jul 22nd 2013, 7:37

      Lame idea, MoS wasnt great and just dont see this working...!!

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    • Mattsimus

      Jul 22nd 2013, 9:04

      @Steve, yeah urbans got the batman voice down, prob is the only thing IMO he proved is that he can ONLY do that voice and has been consistently similar in every film! Plus Dredd was average n a tad forgettable even? Sorry to rant, I'd love to see Bale return but folks its just a dream to far haha...... Maybe will smith should play Bats?.... : p

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    • FBDHolloway

      Jul 22nd 2013, 9:36

      Oh FFS. We've now finally reached the end of mainstream cinemas burning cycle, where they've had all the good ideas, used up all the good ideas from other formats so now they're just putting things together and making them fight. "Huh Huh. This made lots of money. And that made lots of money. So if we put them together we'll make lots more money." Made I'm just old, but this makes me sad. Does no-one have any original ideas anymore? Oh, and just to chip in with the common theme of thread - Man of Steel was alright, marginally less boring than Superman Returns but only just.

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    • mattburgess

      Jul 22nd 2013, 11:55

      According to the press release: “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.” There are SO many things wrong with that sentence...

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Jul 22nd 2013, 13:20

      Snyder isn't a fan though - I remember him gloating after a screening of Watchmen that a Warner Bros executive said "this movie totally kills Superman." That's why a lot of what fans like about the character has been jettisoned. I don't know if this is the film we should have had years ago. As seriously flawed as Returns was, I would have liked to have seen Singer given a crack at the more action-packed sequel he wanted to make (he was the one who had the idea to use the famous 'Man Of Steel' sobriquet as the title for the next film). Being saddled with the cost of a decade's-worth of failed attempts, lumped in with the cost of his own movie by studio accountants, still doesn't seem like a very fair way to judge box office to me. Hard to see how they might have dug themselves out of some of those plot developments, admittedly, but looking at the massive improvement between X1 and X2, I think he might have done it. At the very least, it would have been nice to see Routh return, as he was the one good thing most people could agree upon about the film. At the time, at least - now fickle fandom has collectively decided he was sh*t as well. As for the notion that if you didn't like Man Of Steel you should get the f**k out of this thread - why? Surely it is perfectly acceptable for fans of either character - Superman or Batman - to express their views of what was wrong with the current film and what they wish for in the next one to set things back on track? (Plus, while I'm about it, Bale isn't Welsh - I believe his parents were both English who moved around alot and Wales was just where they happened to be when he was born. It's the same thing with Timothy Dalton; he doesn't consider himself to be Welsh either.) I actually think Snyder will be heaving a sigh of relief about this; grim 'n' gritty Batman is much more in his wheelhouse, so I expect he's already getting excited about designing a new fetish-wear outfit and souped-up sexy Batmobile for the next one. I wonder if he'll reteam with an actor he's worked with before for that part? I'm thinking of Jon Hamm from that masterpiece Sucker Punch, Snyder's one original film to date. (Interesting titbit - if you google Jon Hamm to check whether your memory of his appearance in Sucker Punch was correct (one viewing being more than enough for me) the first thing Google predicts you might be looking for is "Jon Hamm Wang". How on earth would they cram it in the rubber codpiece?)

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 22nd 2013, 15:11

      Jon Hamm as Bruce/Batman is an interesting idea but will WB want to go with an actor in his 40's? I'd be fine with him but I just know the studio will be looking for a young actor to build a new trilogy off of.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Jul 22nd 2013, 19:31

      You could be right, Ali. I think Hamm would be pretty great as Batman, but if the approach in the previous version of the character carries over, they'll probably want both actors to be broadly of the same vintage. It's a shame, because that mindset automatically excludes a lot of talent. Hamm could comfortably and convincingly play Bruce & Bats for a decade before he starts to look too old, by which time they'd be looking to start over again anyway.

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    • martinsvennaes

      Jul 22nd 2013, 23:42

      I liked MOS. Just wanted to get that out of the way. Anyway: I have a hard time thinking that they will actually make this a 50/50 supes/bat movie. This is huge news, and they know it will start a debate. remember when they said spidey would cameo in the avengers? this COULD be something like that (except its true this time)! In my head I see this as a new way of introducing a character to a JLA franchise (after all, we all know Bats pretty well by now. They don't really need a new origin film). I think Bats might play a rather small part. I find it hard to beilieve that MOS2 won't be a SUPERMAN film. Iremember an old supes comic where Bats confronted supes and told him he knew he was clark. Would be cool if clark met wayne by covering Bats activities for the planet, and wayne, smart as he is, understands who he's deling with. I have loads of ideas on how they could do this! Mr. Snyder: contact me:-)

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    • sarahwalter

      Jul 24th 2013, 2:34

      Wish people would stop with all the whinging! If you didn't like Man of Steel and are clearly not interested in the sequel then fine, each to their own, but why 'waste' your time reading articles about a sequel you have absolutely no interest in and then commenting negatively about the movie, the sequel idea and the people who enjoyed it? Seems to me that people on both sides of this debate would benefit from the above critics just not bothering to do this, then those who liked Man of Steel can enjoy the ideas and comments of like-minded folk and not have to put up with insults and comments about how much MoS sucked, and those who didn't enjoy it wouldn't have to read an article they have no interest in and comments about how much people liked it. Or is that just too sensible an idea for an internet forum/comments field? Anyway, rant over now for my opinion. I really enjoyed Man of Steel, i loved the emotion in it. Particularly the parts of Clark finding his past and the struggle he faces between helping people and keeping his secret. I also enjoyed the fact that it wasn't a Marvel copy - the humour in it was subtle rather than the one-liners of Tony Stark and co. I think the casting was excellent, Henry Cavill is an amazing actor and Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe and many of the other huge names in this film were well thought out and fantastic casting choices. The score was amazing, building the tempo and raising the heart rate when required, taking on a more sombre and subtle tone when not. The music was beautiful, and again a great choice in Zimmer. As for the idea of a Batman appearance in Man of Steel 2 i am undecided. Mainly because Christian Bale did such a fantastic job of 'being' Batman, it would be a risk to cast someone else so soon. Also, i feel that Clark/Superman has a lot more to go through emotionally so to throw in another hero could take time from that particular development. However, it could be that having an already established hero in the mix could help Clark/Supes with that development. Regardless, i think that this film will do well. As much as i love the Marvel films, i'm really enjoying having a superhero movie that is so different in tone from those films and am really looking forward to Man of Steel 2. My one criticism of MoS? Henry Cavill should definitely have been shirtless more... but hey... Hollywood ain't perfect! ;)

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    • MadMatt

      Jul 26th 2013, 16:52

      Sarah, you're missing the alternative view - people like the character but disliked the film and are looking forward to a sequel that addresses the problems they had with the current movie. Just because people disagree with you doesn't mean they should shut up. You could always just avoid reading their comments. (Zimmer is "a great choice" only in the sense that he is the only choice for big films now. And if not him, one of his proteges who sound exactly like him. That same signature sound over every large movie is becoming very tiresome. I miss melody.)

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