While plans for a Batman Vs. Superman feature film have been shelved, the two DC Comics superheroes are getting together on the small screen. The 90-minute season finale of The WBs Smallville will feature an exclusive eight-minute preview of the eagerly awaited summer release, Batman Begins. The episode will air on Wednesday, May 18, at 8 p.m. (ET).
The Batman Begins sneak peak will offer exclusive footage of the fifth film in the Dark Knight franchise. Directed by Christopher Nolan (Memento), the prequel stars Christian Bale (Reign of Fire, Equilibrium) as a young Bruce Wayne driven by vengeance to adopt a crime-fighting alter-ego. Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer, Ken Watanabe and Morgan Freeman also appear in the film, which is set to hit theaters on June 17.
Developed for television by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, Smallville likewise explores the early years of Clark Kents evolution as Superman. The hit series airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on The WB Network and is produced by Tollin/Robbins Prods. and Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. The highly anticipated season finale promises murder, betrayal and an unforgettable graduation day.