It has finally happened - The Caped Crusader and The Man of Steel will be coming together on the big screen for the first time. Henry Cavill, the most recent Superman from this summer's Man of Steel will reprise his roll, along with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
Christian Bale, who has headlined the last 3 Dark Knight films, will not return to the Kevlar suit, nor will Christopher Nolan be directing another film in the franchise, though he will serve as an executive producer on the hybrid film. This definitely means that the film is a sequel to the current Superman franchise and will not live within our now defunct Batman universe.
In addition to Batman and Superman meeting on-screen, we will also see a film starring the Flash, and, assuming commercial success of these films, we will see a DC Universe meetup in a Justice League film. No announcement was made about future Batman titles, but that might have to do with the fact they have not announced any casting for Batman in this new film.
Obviously, this news comes in response to the Marvel Movie Universe's massive success. With films starring Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America, Wolverine and their own meetup, The Avengers, constantly succeeding in theatres, it was only a matter of time before DC tried to get in on the cash train.
During the announcement, Harry Lennix, who played DC's Nick Fury, read a selection from The Dark Knight Returns, the book from Frank Miller.
I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.
This means that the film will be less team-up and more beat-down. The rivalry between these two heroes is legendary and makes for a more tense Justice League, whether or not they resolve their differences before the possible film. It would be even more intense than The Avengers had Edward Norton remained as Hulk.