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

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...

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."
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