Su­per­man and Bat­man to face off

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SAN DIEGO: A se­quel to last month’s hit Su­per­man film, Man of Steel, is not only in the works, but will fea­ture two of DC Comics’ best- known caped cru­saders – Su­per­man and Bat­man – fac­ing off against each other, di­rec­tor Zack Sny­der said.

Sny­der, who di­rected Henry Cav­ill as Su­per­man Clark Kent, re­ceived thun­der­ous ap­plause from the 6 000-plus in at­ten­dance at Comic-Con, an an­nual comics con­ven­tion.

Af­ter an­nounc­ing the plan to bring the two su­per­heroes to­gether, Sny­der said the two would be fight­ing each other, and con­ceded this might sur­prise some.

“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,” said Sny­der, who has been con­firmed as di­rec­tor of the as-yet un­named se­quel.

While Su­per­man and Bat­man are su­per­heroes in the DC uni­verse, they have been por­trayed as neme­ses in DC’s Dark Knight comics, from which Christopher Nolan adapted his Dark Knight Bat­man fran­chise. Nolan will serve as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer to the se­quel, Warner Bros said.

The stu­dio is bank­ing on the suc­cess of other re­cent films that have paired up heroes from the comic book uni­verse, such as Dis­ney’s Mar­vel su­per­hero en­sem­ble The Avengers last year, which made $1.5 bil­lion at the world­wide box of­fice.

The film is slated for re­lease in sum­mer 2015, but there has been no word on who will play Bat­man. Chris­tian Bale, the last ac­tor to por­tray Bat­man, has shot down ru­mours that he would play the masked hero again. – Reuters

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