Batman v Superman confirmed at Comic-Con in ‘beyond mythological’ mash-up
- Man of Steel
- Production year: 2013
- Countries: Rest of the world, USA
- Cert (UK): 12A
- Runtime: 143 mins
- Directors: Zack Snyder
- Cast: Amy Adams, Christopher Meloni, Diane Lane, Henry Cavill, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe
Zack Snyder will direct the follow-up to his $630m global hit Man of Steel and will reunite with his Superman, Henry Cavill. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will also reprise their roles but the big question on everyone’s lips is who will play Batman – because it ain’t going to be Christian Bale.
The British actor has been nothing if not firm in his assertion that he will not don the cape and mask for a fourth time. For now, the mystery will have to linger and fans must make do with the news. They will. Snyder has committed to an early 2014 start and the game plan is to get the movie in theatres for summer 2015.
That the two superheroes will be actively battling appeared to be confirmed by Snyder’s statement: “Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world.”
This thunderous tidbit was actually the last gasp of an epic Warner Brospanel that featured plenty of surprises on Saturday morning. Tom Cruiseand his world-beating grin bounded on to the stage in the mega-star’s first appearance at the Con. Safe to say, the crowd was suitably excited.
Cruise got everyone wound up about the Doug Liman sci-fi Edge Of Tomorrow that is headed to US screens on 6 June 2014. They showed footage of Cruise as a soldier who dies and must relive events over and over until he cracks a way to outwit pesky aliens hell-bent on destroying earth. Sounds like Source Code with much wider collateral damage. Emily Blunt also stars in the movie, which until very recently had gone under the moniker of All you Need is Kill.
Prior to the panel the talk was of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot and this part of the show did not disappoint either. Edwards brought teaser footage with him – thankfully a more revealing sequence than what Warner Bros presented last year.
The material didn’t show too much of the beast himself but there was enough to suggest a beast feast awaits those who turn up on May 16, 2014 both sides of the pond. From the looks of it, Godzilla is lining up for a mighty smackdown with a posse of very nasty looking creatures who once again are rampaging over our planet. Aaron Taylor-Johnson,Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen were on hand for questions but the only character people seemed keen to learn more about was good old Godzilla.
Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuaron was here on Thursday to take part in a Visionaries panel with The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb and Edgar Wright. On that occasion Cuaron spoke more generally about his career but on Saturday he focused on the forthcoming sci-fi thrillerGravity. And what better way to do that than to bring out Sandra Bullockfor her debut Hall H experience.
The crowd loved Bullock, who stars with George Clooney as astronauts on a fateful mission. Footage showed the pair floating outside their craft on a repair job just as a load of debris hurtles towards them. The filmopens this year’s Venice film festival at the end of August.
The next most exciting event was a teaser from World of Warcraft that showed a man bearing arms against an orc. Moon director Duncan Jones is steeling himself for an early 2014 production start. In other news, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill have joined the voice cast of The LEGO Movie.