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'Superpope' graffiti turns Pope Francis into Superman

Pope Francis has another accolade to add to his collection - not content with being named Time magazine's Person of the Year, the Pontiff has now achieved superhero status.

Graffiti painted on a building near the Vatican depicts the Pope flying through the air with his briefcase of values (valores in Spanish) in his hand.

Although the artwork shows the Pope flying Superman-style, unlike the Man of Steel the head of the Catholic Church keeps his glasses on to save the day.

Superman to fight Batman in next caped crusader movie

A sequel to the film Man of Steel will see Superman and Batman facing off against each other, director Zack Snyder said on Saturday.

Snyder, who directed British actor Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, was a surprise addition to the end of the Warner Bros. film panel at San Diego's Comic-Con, an annual comics convention, and received thunderous applause from the 6,000-plus in attendance.

Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, which has taken in more than £413 million at the box office to date. Credit: Man of Steel/Warner Bros. Pictures

After announcing the plan to bring the two superheroes together, Snyder issued a statement via Warner Bros. saying the two would be fighting each other, and conceded this might surprise some.

"Let's face it, it's beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world," said Snyder, who has been confirmed as director of the as-yet unnamed sequel.

Batman in the film The Dark Knight. Credit: General/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

While both Superman and Batman are superheros in the DC universe, they have been portrayed as nemeses in DC's "Dark Knight" comics, from which Christopher Nolan adapted his "Dark Knight" Batman franchise. Nolan will serve as executive producer to the sequel, Warner Bros. said.

Snyder then invited actor Harry Lennix on-stage to read a statement hinting at the story line.

"I want you to remember Clark, in all the years to come. In all your private moments. In all the years to come, my hand at your throat. I want you to remember, the one man who beat you," Lennix read.

An image of Superman's shield backed with the familiar Batman symbol then flashed on the screen behind him.

The film, which has an anticipated release date of Summer 2015, will mark the first time the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader have appeared together on the big screen.