A sequel to Man Of Steel will see Superman return in 2015, but with Batman also playing a part inthe plot - a first for the two comic book heroes.
Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder made a surprise appearance at the Comic-Con festival last night 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 did not reveal many details, saying the script is still being written. He then invited an actor on stage 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 at San Diego, California.
Warner Bros confirmed the first-ever pairing in a statement.
Snyder reimagined Superman in his June blockbuster Man Of Steel, starring British actor Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. The film has grossed more than £415 million worldwide.
Cavill and Adams will appear in the sequel, Warner Bros said.
Reaction to the news stunned Twitter and left fans at Comic-Con excited.
The announcement about the film follows DC Entertainment’s debut last month 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.
The book pairs the two characters together a time in their lives when they are both young and still adapting to being superheroes.
Superman and Batman have also been at odds in comic books, too. In Frank Miller’s dark telling of The Dark Knight Returns, a four-issue mini-series from the 1980s, Batman came out of retirement while Superman became a tool of the government.
Production on the Superman sequel is set to begin next year. The film is expected to be released in the summer of 2015.