David S Goyer, the Hollywood screenwriter whose previous credits include Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and this summer's Man of Steel, has hinted at names for the sequel to Zack Snyder's all-action re-telling of Superman's coming to Earth.
If you have yet to be told, Warner Bros. has confirmed 2015 as the year of release for the film, which promises to be a mega-superhero adventure featuring Bruce Wayne/Batman and Clark Kent/Superman on opposite sides of the fence. The film is to be based on Frank Miller's 1986 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.
Unfortunately, for what promises to be the most epic superhero film of all time (judging by the scale and production values of Nolan's Batman films and Snyder's Superman debut)... it has a rather disappointing name.
"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," Goyer explained, while at Comic-Con in San Diego.
We hope Goyer was either joking or these are merely working titles, with a suitably grandiose name yet to be revealed.
Meanwhile, it is believed pre-production has already begun. And a sense of just how massive this project Christopher Nolan will serve as executive producer. The creative mind behind mind-bending films like Inception, in addition to Wayne's saga, Nolan will probably be the brains behind the creation of a new Batman; Christopher Bale has confirmed he will not return as the caped crusader.
Superman has been confirmed though, with Henry Cavill having agreed to reprise his role as the Son of Krypton. And joining him from Man of Steel will be Amy Adams (as Lois Lane), Laurence Fishburne (as Perry White) and Diane Lane (as Kent's Earth mother).
We are obviously quite some way from having any sort of plot but considering Nolan's Batman was shaped along lines similar to Miller's model, we could well see a full-fledged antithesis to Superman's "hero" image.
There is also, according to Goyer, development work left on Superman's character. Cavill finished Man of Steel much as most Superman films do - with the mild-mannered Kent posing as his alter-ego and a growing association with the US government. Interestingly, that same association is played on by Miller, who casts Superman as a government agent in the fight against Batman.
"To a certain extent, Superman - cinematically - hadn't been reinvented since the Donner films. We will be dealing with it in the coming film. He's not fully formed in Man Of Steel. He will have to deal with the repercussions in the next film," Goyer explained.
Meanwhile, as Batman-News.com points out, it now emerges that Warner Bros has owned a number of very interesting domain names - SupermanVsBatman.com, BatmanVsSuperman.com and BatmanVsSupermanMovie.com for nearly a decade. Have they been planning this all the while?
Check out Goyer's comments on the Batman v Superman adventure
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