| SAN DIEGO, July 20
SAN DIEGO, July 20 "Superman" director Zack
Snyder said on Saturday that a sequel to last month's hit film
was not only in the works, but would feature two of DC Comic's
best-known caped crusaders - Superman versus Batman.
Snyder, who directed British actor Henry Cavill as
Superman/Clark Kent, surprised the audience with the news at the
end of a Warner Bros. film panel at San Diego's Comic-Con, an
annual comics convention, and received thunderous applause from
the 6,000-plus in attendance.
The sequel to the latest Superman film, "Man of Steel," is
banking on the success of recent comic-book films that have
paired up heroes from the comic book universe, such as Disney's
Marvel superhero ensemble "The Avengers" in 2012, which
made $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office.
The most recent installment of the Batman franchise, 2012's
"The Dark Knight Rises," directed by Christopher Nolan and
starring Christian Bale, has made more than $1 billion at the
global box office.
"Superman" has not always seen success at the box office and
2006's sequel starring Brandon Routh did not perform up to
But Snyder's darker reimagining of the complex superhero in
June's "Man of Steel" delivered a strong performance at the box
office with $621 million worldwide. With Nolan as executive
producer of the film, rumors were circulating that a pairing of
Batman and Superman could come to the big screen.
Cavill is expected to reprise the role of Superman but there
was no word on who would play Batman. Bale has previously shot
down rumors that he would play the masked hero again.
Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, showcased a
number of upcoming films on Saturday at Comic-Con, including
"Seventh Son," "300: Rise of an Empire," "Godzilla" and "The
Lego Movie," which will bring together Superman and Batman in
animated Lego form.