SDCC '13: Jim Lee On The 'SUPERMAN Vs. BATMAN' Announcement

DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee shares his thoughts on the "Man of Steel" sequel announcement at SDCC that revealed we're headed for our first big screen team-up between Superman and Batman. And now we play the waiting game...

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By Mark Julian - 7/22/2013


I'm considering cryogenically freezing myself until 2015, there's just too much awesome that year to take chances. One of SDCC's biggest, if not THE BIGGEST news to be unveiled this year was the revelation that Batman will be joining Superman in the sequel to "Man of Steel" which will be released in 2015. There's no release date at the moment but odds are favorable that it will be a summer release (maybe winter/Christmas if the studio is concerned about vfx time constraints). Discussing the news DC Comcis co-publisher Jim Lee stated, "'Dark Knight Returns' is my favorite [comics], it's what inspired me to get into comics. It has an amazing battle between Superman and Batman...just to finally see it come to life after all these years, it's gonna be awesome." Lee quickly backtracks from that statement saying he has no idea whether Zack Snyder's film will draw inspiration from that climactic battle but Snyder did reference "The Dark Knight Returns" as a direct inspiration for the film. It's hard to imagine what else Sndyer and screenwriter David S. Goyer could possibility lift from the material besides that climactic fight. Snyder even had actor Henry Lennix come on stage and read a line from that climactic battle.

And now we play the waiting game. We wait to see who will be cast as Batman. We wait to see whether there will be actual villains and if so, which ones and from who's rogues gallery. And we wait for 2015 to arrive, a year that will be one of the biggest ever for fanboys of DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Star Wars and a whole lot more!




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Running Time: 2 hrs 23 min
Release Date: 14 June 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner,Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Richard Schiff, Harry Lennix
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: Christopher Nolan (story), David S. Goyer (screenplay)

"Man of Steel follows the Last Son of Krypton on his epic journey to become mankind's shinning beacon of hope for a brighter future. With the beliefs and values instilled by his adoptive parents Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, a young Clark (Henry Cavill) sets out to find his place in the world. But when the nefarious General Zodd (Michael Shannon) arrives on Earth, Clark will have to choose between being a normal human or Kal-el,son of Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and humanity's greatest protector and champion. Filmed in IMAX and shot in Vancouver, Chicago and Plano, Illinois, Man of Steel will be released on June 14, 2013 by Warner Bros. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) with a screenplay by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) the Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) produced feature film will surely be the summer blockbuster of 2013."
Source: MTV Geek
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Jollem - 7/22/2013, 2:41 PM
Brainiac13 - 7/22/2013, 2:42 PM
Won't play!
Steping - 7/22/2013, 2:43 PM
MrDonut - 7/22/2013, 2:43 PM
Jim Lee ain't alone, defo my most anticipated movie of the next the few years! Would love to see Jack Huston from Boardwalk Empire as Batman!
Brady1138 - 7/22/2013, 2:44 PM
It's not gonna be Dark Knight Returns, though...
Geotheleo - 7/22/2013, 2:44 PM
I'm suddenly not that excited.. Unless the battle is midway through the movie after a tense build up. And then something truly horrifying comes to pass and they must team up! I just think if the movie culminated with their fight it'd be boring.
DaAwesomeDude - 7/22/2013, 2:44 PM
This movie is gonna be so epic. I wonder who will be cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman though
Hulk2008 - 7/22/2013, 2:44 PM
WYLEEJAY - 7/22/2013, 2:45 PM
So awesome. Lex Luthor hires Deathstroke, Deadshot, and Parasite as Mercenaries.
MisterNiceGuy - 7/22/2013, 2:45 PM
Should be cool. things are finally starting to come together for DC
Brady1138 - 7/22/2013, 2:45 PM
Man, I don't know what I'm more excited for: Bond 24, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars Episode VII, BATMAN/SUPERMAN!!!!!!! 2015, hurry up!!!
marvel72 - 7/22/2013, 2:45 PM
so they're selling this as superman vs batman,it may work in comics but in reality superman would knock his f*ckin head off.

i miss jim lee,he's best work was at marvel.
PabloMansini - 7/22/2013, 2:46 PM
I hope this batman is gritty, like arkham asylum. No clean shavedness lol
WinterAvenger - 7/22/2013, 2:46 PM
I hope batmans suit looks the same as arkham origins one can't wait !
agentawsume - 7/22/2013, 2:47 PM
I don't really want this to be a "VS" movie. Zack Snyder said it himself that this is a Superman sequel. That has Batman in it. Batman shouldn't overshadow the main character in his own movie. Even if it is called The Worlds Finest, the two should have equal screen time, even though Batman seems to be the most popular
Jollem - 7/22/2013, 2:47 PM
MisterNiceGuy - 7/22/2013, 2:47 PM
Joel Edgerton for batman!!
ballstothewall - 7/22/2013, 2:47 PM
I'm not that sure about this guys. As much as I love both Supes and Bats; I don't think this film would work well. They should've gone with the 'actual' sequel to Man of Steel or even and new standalone Batman film just to establish him in the new cinematic universe. They should've gave other characters a go. A would love to see a Flash movie announced. Well... That would likely be hold back for a couple of years.
gost - 7/22/2013, 2:48 PM
I hope they clean up that emblem, looks like they through it together in like 2 minutes.
MrCBM56 - 7/22/2013, 2:48 PM
Batman vs Superman?

I thought it was going to be a team-up movie?

Just don't make Superman Batman bitch.

Batman should not be able to challenge Superman physically, but mentally.
Facade - 7/22/2013, 2:48 PM
Kryptonite anyone?
sameoldthing - 7/22/2013, 2:49 PM
It's annoying as hell when screenwriters can't conceive an original story & steal elements from classic comic book storylines.

If you want "Returns"..then faithfully adapt it.
I'm not saying make that movie,I will just read the books but if your making a movie..SUPRISE ME WITH SOMETHING NEW!!
MisterNiceGuy - 7/22/2013, 2:49 PM
I want an older Batman it looks like he's been through some shit. that's why I say Joel Edgerton
Bread - 7/22/2013, 2:50 PM
I'm curious as to how they're going to introduce the new Batman.
BloodyHell - 7/22/2013, 2:50 PM
The official logo, sign should have been better.
RamonSuarez - 7/22/2013, 2:50 PM
SMH @ the level of stupidity making the Superman sequel based on TDKR. I really try to like what DCE does but its just hair pulling, head scratchingly hard to fathom their thought process. That comic was told from a very particular viewpoint that was supposed to be a goodbye to the Silver Age Batman told years after his retirement. It wasn't supposed to be the beginning of Batman's career it was supposed to be the end.
Jollem - 7/22/2013, 2:51 PM
AstroZombie - 7/22/2013, 2:52 PM
They do realize that the fight in Dark Knight Returns wasn't a real fight, and that it was staged by Batman in order to fake his death so the Government would leave him alone, don't they? In a real fight, Batman doesn't stand a chance. Just look at how Faora swatted away highly trained military personnel with ease in MOS. You also can't tell that story from Dark Knight Returns without the history behind it, and this Batman and Superman have no history between them. The only reason Batman could keep pushing Superman to attack him in that fight in DKR, is because he knew that Superman would just knock him around a bit, but ultimately wouldn't hurt him. For all that this Batman knows, this Supes would snap his neck if he tried the stuff he does in Dark Knight Returns on him.
DanteSparda - 7/22/2013, 2:52 PM
@MrCBM56

It's supposed to be a team up, but seriously I am more excited to watch them clash than anything, also anyone can challenge Superman physically as long as they have some kryptonite with them... WAIT!! Perhaps it's Batman the one who discovers Superman's weakness in this new DC Universe!! He probably gets a sample of Supe's DNA and discovers that kyrptonite makes it weak, after all Batman is the ultimate detective.
Bread - 7/22/2013, 2:52 PM
I want Jim Caviezel as Batman, he fits the role the best in my opinion.
ekrolo2 - 7/22/2013, 2:53 PM
They said they aren't adapting it....
BruceWayneNewton - 7/22/2013, 2:54 PM
Give bat the arkham origins costume and let the villains be Lex, Black Mask, and Metallo
RamonSuarez - 7/22/2013, 2:55 PM
Its even hard to fathom why Snyder and Goyer want to base a Superman sequel off this comic when its entire angle is to show an older, morally compromised Superman who has struck a cynical bargain with the political establishment. Superman at this point in their story arch is barely beginning to develop a sense of his own idealism and morality, so what is the point of having him showdown against an anti-establishment Batman?
ekrolo2 - 7/22/2013, 2:55 PM
@BruceWayneNewton

Its gonna have to be slimmer as the AO suit is a winter suit.
LFANCH - 7/22/2013, 2:55 PM
There shouldn't be a fight between supes and bats in this. That would be totally ridiculous, especially after all that ass superman kicked in MOS. There is no way batman would have a realistic chance whatsoever. Unless you introduce kryponite and make it a cheap way for batman to make superman his bitch.
PsychoManiacJacky - 7/22/2013, 2:55 PM
Didn`t we already get a Batman and Superman movie...why is everybody so excited we know what`s going to happen already.

ekrolo2 - 7/22/2013, 2:55 PM
@RamonSuarez

Snyder confirmed they are NOT adapting it.
TheRationalNerd - 7/22/2013, 2:56 PM
Well at the end of "The Dark Knight Rises" Bruce Wayne/Batman basically went back into an unknown fate from the citizens of Gotham. So I mean if they do nod to the franchise of The Dark Knight Returns you can show how Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham and etc. and finds himself introduce to many new villains who've risen since the absence of his precence or possibly they'll have a much younger Bruce Wayne than an old one. Someone in the age range of their early to mid 30's perhaps??
sameoldthing - 7/22/2013, 2:56 PM
I do enjoy cool references & suttle nods that comic book fans can notice but when these superhero films are made & it's not an adaptation it's lazy & cheap not to create an original story.

This Bats/Supes may do that,I really want it to be great.
Dinotron - 7/22/2013, 2:56 PM
Batman has no logical way to beat the superman in man of steel. He could flew through buildings like butter, he punched zod across the city, he LET the military put handcuffs on him. Even I the introduce kryptonite, supes should see it a mile away and just fire a laser at it. I thought having batman beat superman in the comics was plain dumb, you can strategize on many opponents and prevail but supes is another league
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