Next Superman Depends On Next Batman

At the special presentation this week in New York City for “Watchmen”, DC Comics President Paul Levitz briefly spoke with Latino Review and revealed some crucial information about chances of a possible sequel to “Superman Returns.”

Most notable is that for now, everything is contingent on the studio’s most profitable franchise – Batman – and the involvement of director Christopher Nolan for a third feature in the series. “Everyone is waiting for Nolan to sign on for another Batman, once that happens, the release date for Superman and all other future projects will follow” says Levitz.

Another interesting point is that it looks as if Brandon Routh remains attached to play the Kryptonian in the Superman sequel with Levitz saying “Last week Brandon Routh has come around the offices in New York and Los Angeles as of late to talk about Superman and what we want to do.”

Finally, Levitz revealed that while both Green Lantern and Supermax (the Green Arrow movie) remain in development, Lantern is moving much faster than Supermax. No word on how the Flash movie is going unfortunately.

The general idea now it seems is that Warners will churn out a Green Lantern film for Summer 2010, Nolan’s third “Batman” film in July 2011, and a new Superman film in 2012.