New Batman Movie 2015, San Diego Comic-Con generated big news this week with the official announcement that Warner Bros. will follow up their recent Superman reboot film Man of Steel with a team-up movie featuring Superman and a brand new rebooted Batman (it will not have any relation to the Batman films by Christopher Nolan), which will apparently be titled either Batman vs. Superman or Superman vs. Batman (WB has registered several URLs, and the film’s writer David Goyer confirmed the potential titles).
Additionally, it appears Warner will also be releasing a Flash film (it’s not clear whether or not this might be a version of Goyer’s own Flash screenplay from a few years back), as well as the long-anticipated Justice League movie. But is it a good idea to put Batman and Superman together on the big screen so soon?
The revelations pretty much follow the plan I’ve been (ahem) “guessing at” for the last several weeks, aside from the omission of an official announcement of a solo Batman film between the Superman-Batman team-up movie and the bigger Justice League team-up (specifically, I’ve written here and elsewhere that WB would probably release a Superman sequel – or rather, “World’s Finest” movie – featuring Batman in 2015, a Batman solo movie, probably a Flash solo movie, and then a Justice League movie in 2017 or 2018). And while it’s not my personal preference for the ordering of films and not what I think would be the ideal situation for positioning the DC Comics cinematic universe, it’s frankly a pretty solid plan based on several key considerations that will probably help lay the foundation for a successful broader adaptation of the rest of the comic book source material.