Arguably the biggest news that came out of Comic Con this past weekend was the announcement that the next Man of Steel picture would feature the Caped Crusader. Batman vs. Superman. First hinted at with a few “blink and you’ll miss ‘em” instances during Man of Steel, those instances were seen and captured and sprayed all over the internet for all to see.
It all led to one logical end: Superman would encounter Batman in this world. And it wasn’t exactly surprising that the Superman/Batman mash-up was announced this past weekend. It was almost expected. It was like it was something at the tip of Zack Snyder’s and David S. Goyer’s and, yea, even Warner Bros.’ tongue. San Diego just happened to be the perfect venue to spit it all out to them.
They were right.
The reaction to the mere logo was insane on the floors of Hall H.
But through all of the excitement of learning about this new project and all of the ideas that came up in my head of how that film would play out, there was one thing that I still couldn’t and still haven’t put my finger on:
What the hell could they call this thing?
The Dark Knight Returns seemed plausible (for obvious reasons) but it kind of feels too close to Batman Returns and seems to line itself too much in Batman’s corner by even associating with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy.
It certainly couldn’t be Man of Steel 2. Any movie involving both of these characters would be an injustice to Superman’s story. His story was set up in Man of Steel and to continue under that flag by introducing Batman into it seems both unfair and unscrupulous to the Man of Steel franchise.
But tonight, it appears we have an answer to that burning question.
Comicbook.com had a chat with screenwriter David S. Goyer and this is what came out of that interview:
So over in Hall H at the Warner Bros.–I guess most people know now–at the end of the Warner Bros. panel, Zack came out and he brought Henry Lennix, who plays General Swanwick in Man of Steel and we–actually, Henry read a bit from [The Dark Knight Returns] and so the next film we’re making, we’re already in pre-production, comes out in summer of 2015 and it’s–we’re actually not sure whether the title is Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman but yes, it’s–that rematch, that combination, the two guys onscreen and that’s happening.
That site (based on research of newly registered domain names) and Goyer seem convinced that the title of the Superman/Batman film will indeed be called… Batman Vs. Superman.
Which, like the Comic Con announcement itself, seems a little anti-climatic. It’s a fine, if a little obvious and slightly dated, title that better suits a video game of graphic novel, but a film will have to do.
Batman Vs. Superman is likely due for the summer of 2015, what seems to be shaping up to be quite possibly the biggest summer in the history of major studio motion pictures. We are sure to get more news concerning Batman Vs. Superman in the coming days, weeks, months until that day comes. And you can find all of that news and features on the new Warner Bros. film here on FlickSided.