Batman and Superman Will Team Up Before Flash, Justice League Movie (UPDATED)

World's Finest by by Alex Ross

(Latest updates at the bottom.)

All the hubbub in Geek Fandom today is all about what Warner Bros. will be announcing when they take the stage of Hall H later today at San Diego’s Comic Con. Various media outlets are reporting lots of different things, but there seems to be a consensus that Warner has something big, very big, planned for Superman, Batman, and the Justice League.

And oh yeah, a guy name Flash who can run really, really fast, too.

THR believes they have the inside scoop, and reports that Warner will be announcing a Batman/Superman team-up movie for 2015. The film, they say, will be directed by “Man of Steel’s” Zack Snyder, with Henry Cavill expected back as Superman. (Snyder has since confirmed this over at Comic Con via Warner’s Twitter feed.)

Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005) Movie ImageAs for Batman? That’s the big question. Christian Bale has already said he has no plans to return without Christopher Nolan, and as just mentioned, Snyder is directing the movie. Then again, Nolan also “Godfathered” Snyder’s “Man of Steel”, so maybe he could chat up ol Christian and voila … Christian Bale and Henry Cavill in “Batman and Superman”!

(Reports flooding out of the Warner panel at Comic Con have this Batman/Superman movie being “Man of Steel 2”, though they might end up calling it something else. “World’s Finest”, perhaps? Of course, they’ll probably just go with something like “Batman and Superman”, or even “Man of Steel 2”.)

And this all leads into that “Justice League” movie, right? Yes, but apparently not right away. The trade says Warner will then jump onboard the speeding train that is a “Flash” movie for 2016, and it’s only then will they launch a full-scale “Justice League” movie … in 2017.

Of course, Batman and Superman have been teaming up (and fighting each other) for decades now in the comics, including a series of books called “World’s Finest”. They’ve always been pretty friendly (and in some cases, BFFs) in most of the D.C. books, except for some “alt world” stories such as Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”, which found Bats and Supes on opposite sides and, usually, fighting each other in some pretty nasty throwdowns. Miller’s story was recently turned into the original animated movie “The Dark Knight Returns”.

Batman and Superman in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns

The announcement of a “Flash” movie is surprising. Ryan Reynolds has long been attached to that role, but after he jumped ship to “Green Lantern”, I don’t suppose it’s possible for him to do the role anymore (especially in the same cinematic movie universe). Chris Evans sorta did it with The Human Torch in “The Fantastic Four” and then Captain America in “Captain America: The First Avenger”, but those movies were for two different studios.

In any case, I’m still not sure why you would commit to a Flash movie before any other Justice League characters, though. I like the idea of a Flash movie, but frankly I’m not sure how it would work. The only way I can see it happening is if they really nerf his powers. I.e. no more ability to run back in time! It’s hard to fight a guy who can run so fast he time-travels, ya know?

A “Justice League” movie in 2017, on the other hand, is not unexpected.

UPDATE: Warner has now made the Batman/Superman team-up official, also confirming that Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are also expected back, along with Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas, Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan as producers.

Says Snyder in a statement:

I’m so excited to begin working again with Henry Cavill in the world we created, and I can’t wait to expand the DC Universe in this next chapter. Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest Super Heroes in the world.

So, Christian, pick up that phone when Nolan calls, cause I get the feeling he might be calling soon…

Justice League by Alex Ross