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UPDATED at 12:00 PM: Rumors now abound that both The Justice League and The Flash will be getting film announcements at Comic-Con!

UPDATED at 1:40 PM: It’s confirmed–Batman and Superman will appear together in the next film.  Scroll to the bottom for official images and full details!

If true, be sure to file this news in the Holy Sh** file: rumors are flying out of the San Diego Comic-Con 2013 (and are being confirmed by outlets as reliable as The L.A. Times) that Warner Bros. plans to announce that the Man of Steel sequel will be released in 2015, will be called World’s Finest… and will feature Superman joining forces with none other than the Batman.  Watch video of the amazing announcement here!

The L.A. Times is relying upon “two sources with knowledge of the movie,” stating that Warner Bros. will be announcing the news at Comic-Con on Saturday morning.  In response to queries on the subject, Warner Bros. would neither confirm nor deny the news: “We don’t comment on rumors regarding these properties.”

The all but confirmed rumors suggest that Man of Steel director Zack Snyder will be helming the project, with a script from Man of Steel scribe David GoyerHenry Cavill will once again star as Superman, and the film will serve as the launching pad for a rebooted Batman franchise, with a new actor taking up the role of the dark knight.  Further, The Dark Knight Trilogy director and Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan is “expected by some to produce the project,” but his involvement remains somewhat hazy.

If true, the World’s Finest will serve as a major stepping stone towards Warner Bros’ final goal of mirroring The Avengers’ success with their very own Justice League franchise.

UPDATE: Zack Snyder announced that Batman will indeed be appearing with Superman in the next film.  Further, he unveiled a killer new logo (image via Eric Vespe’s Twitter feed):

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Also, according to io9, actor Harry Lennix (General Stanwick in Man of Steel), read the following:

I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in 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 is a quote from The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel, which will serve as inspiration for the new film.  Superhero fans, this is about to get nutty.

And here’s the full-on press release, just in case you can’t believe your eyes:

Director Zack Snyder Unites Superman and Batman in One Explosive New Film

BURBANK, CA, July 20, 2013 – On the heels of the worldwide success of “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyderis bringing together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time—Batman and Superman—for the first time on the big screen. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution,Warner Bros. Pictures.

The current hit, “Man of Steel,” has taken in more than $630 million at the worldwide box office to date, and climbing. Along with its star, Henry Cavill, the upcoming film brings back Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. The new Batman has yet to be cast.

Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in Summer 2015.

Silverman stated, “Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he’s a fan first and he utterly gets this genre. We could not think of anyone better suited to the task of bringing these iconic Super Heroes to the screen in his own way.” Kroll added, “We are thrilled to be back in business with Zack and his team on this next movie. The success of ‘Man of Steel’ is a wonderful testament to the love and support that both fans and new audiences, worldwide, have for these characters. We are very excited to see what Zack has in store for all of us.”

Keep an eye on our Comic-Con news feed for a full breakdown of the WB press conference!

What do you think of the Superman/Batman news?

Source: The L.A. Times