Henry Cavill to star in Superman vs Batman
At a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday (20 July), Warner Bros. announced that Henry Cavill - the actor who famously played Superman in the summer box office hit Man of Steel - will return to the role of Clark Kent in a sequel that will also feature another superhero; Batman.
Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will also reprise their roles.
The film, expected to be released in the summer of 2015, will be helmed by director Zack Snyder, the man also responsible for the previous Superman feature. Production on the sequel is set to begin early 2014.
Who is to play the DC Comics’ hero Batman is still unknown and no real clues have yet been given. Christian Bale has announced he no longer wants to take on the role after no fewer than four films. According to Bale the role is like a “torch which should be handed down”.
Screenwriter David S Goyer will be behind the big screen adaptation of the Man of Steel follow-up in which Batman and Superman will actively battle. Snyder said in a statement: "Let's face it, it's beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world."
Snyder also stated that the film will not be a straight adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (1986) – the only tale in which the heroes appear together - but did say it will be used to “tell the story”.
This summer Man of Steel grossed more than $630m (£412m) worldwide.
The four-day long event Comic-Con in San Diego is the largest annual gathering of fans of the comic book genre.