So Man of Steel's follow-up may be more than just a sequel (Hint: Batman!)

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Jul 20, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

Turns out Superman might not be flying solo the next time he hits the big screen.

At the time of this writing (10:45 a.m. Comic-Con time) Warner Bros. has not yet made any major San Diego Comic-Con movie announcements regarding its DC Comics superheroes, but it seems as though the announcement everyone was expecting -- an official rollout of a direct sequel to this year's hit Man of Steel, or maybe a Justice League film -- might not be what's coming.

Nicole Sperling of the Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex blog has "two sources with knowledge of the movie" who claim that the big Warner Bros. Comic-Con announcement will not be Man of Steel 2. It'll be a Superman/Batman movie with a projected 2015 release date.

That's right. If these reports are correct (and we'll find out soon enough if they are), Warner Bros. is skipping over another Superman standalone and going straight into its first-ever live-action team-up movie, which would then presumably lead into a full-blown Justice League film. As for who'll make this landmark movie, Sperling reports that Zack Snyder and David Goyer are expected to reunite as director and screenwriter, respectively. It's also believed that Christopher Nolan could return as producer, but Sperling calls that "unclear" for the moment. Henry Cavill is also expected to return as Superman, but the studio will likely need to find itself a new Batman, because as Christian Bale has said more than once, he's done.

When asked for a response to these reports, a Warner Bros. spokesperson said only, “We don’t comment on rumors regarding these properties," but we could know before the day is out whether this is true, as Warner Bros. has a full slate of movie panels ahead, plus a Superman 75th-anniversary panel.

What do you think? Is this the right direction for Warner Bros. to go now? And if it's really happening, who's gonna be Batman?

(Via Hero Complex)