As I said on Facebook just now, let the Nerdgasm commence:
In cased you missed the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con, here’s the video:
The famous line is from The Dark Knight Returns (Unrelated to the movie of the same name directed by Chris Nolan), a controversial feature film based on the comic of the same name in which circumstances pit the DC Icons against each other. I haven’t seen the feature film myself but I’ve seen enough reactions to it to know I should see it before I see Man of Steel 2. The reason being according to Zack Snyder (director of Man of Steel and the sequel) it will be inpired by The Dark Knight returns.
Having said that, here’s what we know about Man of Steel 2:
- The movie is titled Man of Steel 2 and will hit theaters in the summer of 2015. Filming will begin next year.
- Batman will be in it.
- Henry Cavhill, who plays Superman in Man of Steel will reprise his role in the upcoming movie. Amy Adams and Lawrence Fishbourne also return as Lois Lane and Perry White.
- Christain Bale, who played Bruce Wayne/Batman in the recently completed Batman movies directed by Chris Nolan will NOT be in the new movie. He said on the record unless Nolan is the director he won’t return to the Batman role.
- Going with the above: Chris Nolan is actually co-producing MoS2, bringing a wealth of expertise to the table.
That’s all we know.
Anything else you might hear on other sites is PURE SPECULATION. Unless someone directly involved with the movie’s production says so you should take anythng you read on the internet with a grain of salt. Before I go further, except for the first one the pictures in this blog are photoshopped. For example the Batman above behind Cavil is Christian Bale. It was done for example purposes if I had to guess on how the reimagined Superman looks next to the reimagined Batman.
One of the popular theories I’ve seen thrown around is the new Batman will be older than Nolan’s to match the animated Dark Knight Returns Batman. Fans point to the quote itself as the basis of their theory of an older Batman. I think folks are reading into that too much.
Since the movie is titled Man of Steel 2, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume Superman is the lead Superhero. Considering a reimagined Batman is being introduced in the movie, it’ll be interesting to say the least. One thing Christain Bale Batman fans seem to overlook is SINCE this will be a new Batman the door is open to bring back his iconic nemesis The Joker.
Assuming they can look past Heath Ledger’s Joker that is. As everyone knows, Ledger committed suicide the day after filming for The Dark Knight Returns was done. I admire the fact folks were willing to overlook that fact and enjoy his role in the movie but for me personally, given the circumstances of his suicide I don’t think he should’ve gotten an Oscar nomination. I know everyone else I know would fiercely disagree with me on that but that’s how I feel. I also disagree with the belief Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker is the best movie one to date. Not saying I think Jack Nicholson’s Joker (which until Ledger was announced as being cased as The Joker in The Dark Knight many thought he did a great job in the role) in the original Batman movie was better but I think they worked for the times (I’m talking about both Jokers) they were made.
Another interesting thing regarding Man of Steel 2 is easter eggs in the first movie teasing not just Batman’s appearance in the second movie but Lex Luthor. Let’s be honest: Luthor can’t exactly be thrilled the Man of Steel tore up alot of his property during his fight with General Zod. In the same regard I’m sure Bruce Wayne isn’t exactly happy with one of his satelites getting destroyed during the same fight. Didn’t see it?
Here it is:
Zack Snyder confirmed the letters you see on the bottom in the frame is in fact the logo on the right.
The Lexcorp cameos were a bit more obvious. Here’s one of them:
Will Superman’s nemesis appear in the sequel? Considering how much of his property was destroyed I’d be surprised if he didn’t at least get a more direct mention. As I said a few paragraphs ago, since The Batman Movie franchise is being redone the door has been reopened for The Joker to return to the big screen.
I know having all four of them in the same movie might be too much but at the point, anytthing’s possible. I’ll leave you with a few more Batman/Superman crossover pictures.