Dark Knight to be co-star in Man of Steel sequel

Superman is coming back, and he’ll have a caped co-star.

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con to announce he is making another Superman film and it will include Batman — the first time the two superheroes will be united on the big screen.

He declined to reveal many details, saying the script is just being written. He then invited an actor onstage to read a passage to hint at the storyline.

“I am the man who beat you,” read Harry Lennox, before an image of the Superman logo, backed by the Batman symbol, flashed on the screen.

Warner Bros confirmed the first-ever pairing in a statement.

Snyder re-imagined Superman in his June blockbuster Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. The film has grossed more than $630m worldwide. Cavill and Adams will appear in the sequel, Warner Bros said.

Reaction to the news stunned Twitter and left fans at Comic-Con giddy.

“Personally, I love him,” said Claudia Gomez, who was wearing a Batman T-shirt while her niece, Ana, wore a Superman shirt.

Gomez, who travelled to Comic-Con from Mexico City, said the pairing of both heroes left her optimistic about a new Superman film.

The announcement about the film follows DC Entertainment’s debut of the Greg Pak-written Batman/Superman comic, an ongoing monthly series illustrated by Jae Lee that was the top-selling title among comic books in June.

Production on the Superman sequel is set to begin next year. The film is set to be released in the summer of 2015.


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