Usually when Hall H at San Diego Comic Con closes shop over these last few years, Marvel has stolen the show with big reveals like when they announced The Avengers and with panels like Iron Man 3 last year.
In 2013, however, DC Comics took the reigns as the show stealer when director Zach Snyder came out on stage as the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures panel with an announcement that literally left everyone in attendance with a gaped open mouth and more than a few jaws on the floor.
Snyder announced actor Henry Lennix (Dollhouse) who starred in the first Man of Steel film with a special passage for fans in attendance.
I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.
That of course is part of Frank Miller’s epic story The Dark Knight Returns, which is hailed as one of the greatest comic book stories ever told, and sets the stage for a showdown between Batman and Superman.
As the lights dropped and the Superman logo appeared, the crowd then lost their collective minds as the Batman symbol then showed behind it teasing the ultimate team up movie in comic book history.
Now Snyder did say that while the passage from The Dark Knight Returns was a great way to introduce the film, he said it didn’t mean that they would be adapting that work into a movie.
The questions will begin now for the film that will be released in 2015 about the storyline, how Batman will appear, will he have a major role or just a small part, and who will play this incarnation of the Caped Crusader?
Christian Bale, who starred in Christopher Nolan’s award winning Dark Knight trilogy, has already stated he will not be putting the cowl back on for a fourth time. Unless something drastic changes, there will be yet another actor filling those famous shoes.
Now the hunt begins for a new Batman and the script that will bring together two of the most iconic superheroes of all time into one film.