Warner Bros. announced, during their Comic-Con panel appearance, that Henry Cavill would be reprising his role as Superman. However Batman will also be dropping in to lend a helping hand. It will be the first time the caped heroes have appeared together on the big screen.
Henry Cavill at the Australian premiere of Superman: Man of Steel.
Many comic-book fans have welcomed the announced as it is a step towards such DC 'Avengers-like' teams as the Justice League. Marvel's superheroes are considerable more integrated with references to the various Avengers in their individual films. A Justice League movie was rumoured to be in production earlier this year, following the success of Superman: Man of Steel, however Cavill confirmed no such film had been mentioned to him. Should the Justice League movie be shot, it would feature a team of superheroes including Superman, Batman, The Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.
Superman and Batman have teamed up in the comic-book world on numerous occasions since 1954. The two were close friends and allies up until Frank Miller's mini-series The Dark Knight in 1986. The two, despite fighting on the side of good, disagreed on politics. Since then, comic book writers have continued this rocky relationship. It is unknown if Superman and Batman will become firm friends or remain enemies in this upcoming film.
The sequel to Superman: Man of Steel is scheduled for release in 2015. Zack Snyder will be directing, whilst Batman director Christopher Nolan will not be involved in the project. Snyder announced the script is being written, by Man of Steel's David Goyer, and production is expected to begin early next year.
No casting was mentioned for who will play Batman. Christian Bale, who was the last Batman on our screens, will not be returning to the role.
Zack Snyder at the Australian premiere of Superman: Man of Steel.
Christian Bale at the New York premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.