Post-San Diego Comic Con: Superman/Batman and its Implications

(WARNING: Man of Steel spoilers. So, you know, if you won’t want to be spoiled, go do something else.)

Let me get this out of the way first: I could not be more excited about the prospect of a Superman/Batman live-action movie. Batman is my favorite comic story, and Superman is just awesome because he’s Superman. Don’t question it.

photo courtesy of filmschoolrejects.com

photo courtesy of filmschoolrejects.com

But with excitement comes fear. Absolute fear of how badly Zack Snyder can screw this up. But there is one quick, clean, and easy way to fix my fears.

Don’t make this movie a team-up movie. It makes no sense at this point of the path to Justice League. If Snyder and company wants to set up Justice League to compete with Avengers, you have to have Batman attempt to defeat Superman.

Let’s look towards the end of Man of Steel. Superman and Zod just finished their huge battle for humanity. It destroyed half of Metropolis and probably killed way too many people. Yes, Superman was trying to save the entire world from destruction, but you think the other powerful folk of the world are OK with that?

dark-knight-2You think Bruce Wayne is okay with that damage?

Let’s assume that the Bruce Wayne that would take part in this movie is not the Bruce Wayne of the Nolanverse. If Bruce Wayne has already established himself in Gotham as Batman, and Wayne Enterprises has already established itself as a leading technology company (the satellite Easter egg from Man of Steel seems to confirm that they have), Wayne is going to see Superman as a serious danger to the safety of Earth. Superman destroyed half of one of the biggest cities on Earth. If Wayne is going to be a hero, he can’t allow that to happen.

batman-the-dark-knight-returns-part-1-trailer-L-Tk1CFgAnd I do think that Snyder has had this thought, as well. In the Comic Con reveal, actor Harry Lennix read a very telling quote from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.

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

-Bruce Wayne

There are multiple ways Snyder and company can do this. Snyder could do a straight buddy superhero movie. Batman and Superman could get assigned to fight crime in hilarious, wacky ways. Batman could have to move into the Fortress of Solitude and get his shit all over Superman’s bathroom mirror. But they bond over their love of the Bangles and use their new found respect for each other to save the world.

But that movie would be horrible. Or amazing. I can’t tell. The point is that if Batman/Superman or whatever they call it doesn’t go well, Justice League is going to trip out of the gate. And I promise you that Marvel will leave DC in the dust in terms of live-action movies.

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