Thursday, July 25, 2013

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The Caped Crusader is set to battle the Man of Steel in movie sequel.

Superman director Zack Snyder said last weekend that a sequel to last month's hit film was not only in the works, but would feature two of DC Comic's best-known caped crusaders - Superman versus Batman.

Snyder, who directed British actor Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, surprised the audience with the news at the end of a Warner Bros film panel at San Diego's Comic-Con, an annual comics convention, and received thunderous applause from the 6,000-plus in attendance.

The sequel to the latest Superman film, Man Of Steel, is banking on the success of recent comic-book films that have paired up heroes from the comic book universe, such as Disney'sMarvel superhero ensemble The Avengers in 2012, which made US$1.5bil (RM4.5bil) at the worldwide box office. The most recent installment of the Batman franchise, 2012's The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale, has made more than US$1bil (RM3bil) at the global box office.

Superman has not always seen success at the box office and 2006's sequel starring Brandon Routh did not perform up to industry expectations. But Snyder's darker reimagining of the complex superhero in June's Man Of Steel delivered a strong performance at the worldwide box office.

With Nolan as executive producer of the film, rumours were circulating that a pairing of Batman and Superman could come to the big screen. Cavill is expected to reprise the role of Superman but there was no word on who would play Batman. Bale has previously shot down rumours that he would play the masked hero again.

Warner Bros, a unit of Time Warner Inc, showcased a number of upcoming films on Saturday at Comic-Con, including Seventh Son, 300: Rise Of An Empire, Godzilla and The Lego Movie, which will bring together Superman and Batman in animated Lego form. - ReutersThe Godzilla reboot due out next year from Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros Pictures is going to be big - we mean, as in the size of the titular creature.

The film's teaser poster unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con last week shows just the big fella's tail, and a freakishly huge tail it is too, from the relative size of the helicopters buzzing around Godzilla's ... uh, rear.

Gareth Edwards, who gave us Monsters - an offbeat road trip/love story set in a creature-infested land - in 2010, is directing the movie from a script written by, among others, Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead), from a story by David S. Goyer (Man Of Steel, Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy).

None other than Kick-Ass himself, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is heading a cast that includes Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston as well as Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche.

Godzilla is of course the famous tale of a giant, radiation-mutated lizard that wreaks havoc on various cities, mostly Tokyo.

In Roland Emmerich's 1998 remake, it ravaged New York and was defeated by Jean Reno's Elvis impression.

Well, it helped.

For Comic-Con last week, a section of downtown San Diego was "made over" to look like a demolished part of Tokyo, with a "Godzilla Encounter" attraction to thrill fans.

The reboot is set to hit theatres in May.

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