Man of Steel sequel title confirmed, hints at the future Justice League

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The official title of director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel is now confirmed by Warner Bros.: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (via Variety). We can all finally stop referring to the long-untitled sequel as “the Man of Steel sequel” or “Man of Steel 2” or “Batman vs. Superman” and start using its official title… Batman V Superman.

News is funny sometimes.

There’s no word yet on the plot, but the title suggests a couple of things. First, that Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman will spend some portion of the movie at odds with one another. Second, the Dawn of Justice story will likely plant the seeds for Warner Bros.’ planned Justice League movie. Both of these possibilities had been the target of speculation already, especially after Gal Gadot was cast as future Justice Leaguer Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. It’s nice to have something official to go on though.

The production is expected to visit multiple locations, including Detroit, parts of Illinois, Africa, and the South Pacific.

Snyder recently shared a first look at Affleck in full Batman regalia, as well as an early peek at the new Batmobile. It’s somewhat surprising to see the Caped Crusader’s name appearing first in the title, given that this is technically a sequel to Snyder’s re-telling of Superman’s origin story. Between the recent photo shares and the now-confirmed title, it’s looking more and more likely that Affleck’s first appearance as Bruce Wayne will be a beefy one.

We’ll find out on May 6, 2016 when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters.