We have our Batman. We have our Superman. But who will win in a fight? There’s only one way to find out…
Watching these superheroes square off will give all of us the biggest nerdgasm of our lives, but how do we want to see them do it?
Ben Affleck is named as the new Batman to Henry Cavill’s Superman. The 41-year old actor being cast as Batman reinforces Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer’s intents to go with a battle-hardened caped crusader. Snyder said, his Batman will be “older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.” This sounds perfect. The Boy Scout Superman facing off against the angry, hateful Batman. Both fight for justice, but their methods could not be more different.
David S. Goyer recently confessed the reasons why Superman killed Zod in Man of Steel, going against his traditional “no killing” rule. Snyder and Goyer’s Superman is young. he is inexperienced as a hero, and will be forced to learn quickly. He will be facing off against a battle-hardened Batman, who is at the top of his game. Batman will exploit any weaknesses Superman has when they finally encounter in 2015.
Frank Miller’s Batman provides the likely arch for Affleck’s Batman. The film will likely square the two off, with the film crescendo-ing in the pair teaming up to defeat a greater evil. But why? and How? And who against?
Fans of the comics will know, that masks are outlawed in Dark Knight Returns/ Strikes Again. Batman works in the shadows, as a hero coming out of retirement when the world he loves has got worse than ever. Batman is a vigilante, as much as he is a hero. A gangland myth, who has become legend. Those who have met him fear him. Those who have not, hope to never run into him. Batman operates as a force of justice, outside of the law, and this is something the establishments can not have.
Superman meanwhile, will be affiliated with the established government and military. He is practically a government operative. In Man of Steel we have already seen the uneasy beginning of a partnership between the Man of Steel and the government/military. Batman opposes such structures and resents Superman for allowing these corrupt establishments to take control. Batman will provide Superman with a rude awakening – a giant dose of kick ass epiphany.
It is likely we will see a raging Batman fighting for justice in the only way he knows how. Kicking ass on the streets of Gotham. Breaking bones and crushing faces. The government don’t like this unlawful sanctioning of justice, and will send Superman to bring Batman in.
Superman will underestimate Batman, in his attempt to control the uncompromising figure. Batman will have done his research, he will know Superman’s weaknesses, perhaps even his hidden identity, and he will defeat Superman when they confront one another.
Batman’s methods will be morally grey, but he will win. This loss will be the first steps towards an uneasy relationship. Bruce will teach Clark much, and the Justice League will begin to be born when they team up together to defeat whichever super-villain is threatening their world.
Which villain could be great enough to bring the two together? Lex? Brainiac? Darkseid? It’s early days. Lexcorp is referenced in Man of Steel, as was Wayne Enterprises, suggesting Lex Luthor may be introduced into the movie just like Batman has been…but one things for sure in my mind. This is the arch Snyder should go in.
Use existing material to augment your story. Don’t reinvent the wheel…or the characters…because you will not please fans. Go off the track by all means…make it your own, but do not forget the fundamental relationships and storylines which made these characters immortal in western culture. Frank Miller’s comics gave us the brooding, dark Batman we know and adore today. His uneasy relationship with Superman in these comics is perfect. It is incredibly important that a respectful, but power-struggling relationship between Bruce and Clark is established, as Warner Bros have already announced that they will focus on DC material over the coming years.
A dirty fighting Batman, who is tactical and strategic as much as he is ferocious, facing off against a clean cut Superman, who is borderline invincible…Batman should be a detective as much as a martial arts expert, and when the time comes, let Superman exhibit strength, while Batman handles strategy against whichever villain finally unites them. Ironically, it is a stand off like the Joker spoke of in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight (Which David S. Goyer co-created)…What happens when an unstoppable force such as Superman meets an immovable, uncompromising object such as Batman? I’ll tell you what…one hell of a movie.
What will be interesting is if Snyder and Goyer use their villain as the source of the Batman vs. Superman confrontation. A master manipulator. Here at MovieCricket, we recently looked at our Top 5 Villains for the movie. We won’t spoil the list for you – but our number one choice would be ideal as a source of manipulation and a target for hatred from Batman. Lex Luthor.
If Lex Luthor was the central villain in Warner Bros Batman vs. Superman, it would make the complete story. Again, sourcing Frank Miller material, Lex Luthor could orchestrate the battle between the two giants for political power and influence. Batman would be a threat to Luthor’s campaign for office, or congress. He could get his claws into a young Superman, and get him working for him. The ideal story for Batman vs. Superman. It is then up to the heroes to work out their differences and unite to bring Lex Luthor down – which will be quite the spectacle in itself, for Lex Luthor in his War Suit is more than a match for both Batman and Superman. A politically motivated movie would make perfect sense after Man of Steel was so out of this world.
Over to you Snyder, Goyer and co. The world is watching.
That’s just me, but how do you guys want to see the DC heroes go toe to toe? Let us know in the comments.
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