We all knew there was going to be a new big-screen Batman sooner or later (probably sooner) but I don’t think anyone expected it to be quite this fast. Three years after the release of The Dark Knight Rises Batman will be seen in theatres again. This time, however, he’ll be sharing the film.
Zack Snyder and Man of Steel‘s Harry Lennix appeared at the very end of Warner Bros’ presentation at San Diego Comic Con to announce that Batman would be appearing in the Man of Steel sequel.
Snyder told the audience:
It’s official that we are going to make another Superman movie. And you say, Zack, what is the movie about? But you don’t want me to tell you that. You want to go and see the movie. But I can say that maybe there’s a single element that will be in the film that I could… help you out with. I was thinking about how to do that. I pored through the DC Universe to look for a way to tell this thing. We’re writing the thing now, but I came across a thing I found that’ll help you understand it.
He then handed the mic off the Lennix who read this from a piece of paper:
“I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember your [sic] hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”
That is, of course, a quote from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Snyder explained that “we’re not adapting this thing, but it is the thing that will help us tell that story.” So I guess you should expect Batman to get a pony. This should make certain corners of the internet very happy.
What was not announced was a Flash solo film or a Justice League movie, like The Hollywood Reporter had been saying would happen. That story has since been edited.