UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Warner Bros. will also announce Flash and Justice League movies.
The dreams of countless Batman and Superman fans will finally be realized in 2015 with a film that teams up the iconic DC Comics superheroes.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed a report by the Los Angeles Times that Warner Bros. will announce this morning at Comic-Con International a team-up reuniting "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder, star Henry Cavill and screenwriter David S. Goyer. In addition, the studio is expected to reveal plans for a Flash movie in 2016, followed by the long-gestating "Justice League" in 2017.
A report surfaced early last month that the studio was fast-tracking the sequel to “Man of Steel,” which has grossed more than $620 worldwide, with Goyer involved as part of a deal believed to include “Justice League." The expectation had been that those films, and not a Superman/Batman team-up or "The Flash," would be officially announced today in San Diego.
Cavill embraced the idea of a team-up ahead of "Man of Steel's" premiere, saying, "I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman/Superman conflict, because they are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story." But when asked whether that project might be the next step in the franchise, the actor responded, "Who knows. I'm sure there's all sorts of ideas being thrown around at Warner Bros. right now."
While rumors have persisted that Christian Bale could reprise his role as the Dark Knight in the studio's long-gestating "Justice League" movie, it's highly unlikely the Oscar winner would don the cape and cowl again for "Superman & Batman." Earlier this month, the actor dismissed the idea that he could return to the character he first played in Christopher Nolan's 2005 blockbuster "Batman Begins."
"We were incredibly fortunate to get to make three," Bale said. "That's enough. Let's not get greedy. Chris always said he wanted to make it one film at a time. And we ended up sitting there looking at each other, saying 'We're about to make the third.' We never really knew if we were going to get to be there, but if that was how it was going to be, this was where it should end as well."
This team-up wouldn't be the first time Warner Bros. has attempted to bring together the two heroes on the big screen. In 2002, between Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage's failed "Superman Lives" and Brett Ratner and J.J. Abrams' abandoned "Superman: Flyby," the studio toyed with "Batman vs. Superman," which centered on a Bruce Wayne five years into his retirement and a Clark Kent in despair following his divorce from Lois Lane. But when Bruce's wife is killed on their honeymoon, he's forced to put on the mask again, bringing him into conflict with Superman -- until they team up to defeat Lex Luthor. Filming was set to begin in 2003, with Wolfgang Petersen behind the camera, until the studio shifted gears to focus on separate Superman and Batman projects.