Wow… They finally did it. Batman and Superman are joining together on one screen.
Talks of a crossover between the two legends has been talked about for the past 10+ years. It was even teased in I Am Legend (2007).
Everybody and their grandmother knows that there is going to be a sequel to this summer’s Man of Steel (2013) (Review here!). People may also be familiar with the fact that DC Comics’ movie industry is trying to get a Justice League movie off the ground (DC’s answer to Marvel Comics’ The Avengers (2012)). Well it looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel because at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, director Zach Snyder and crew announced that the Man of Steel sequel will indeed incorporate the Batman into the storyline.
I watched YouTube videos of the panel when they unveiled this news, and people’s reactions were off the wall. Screaming, swearing, probably a little bit of crying, etc.
My friends have asked me my opinion of it and I have two opinions really.
1) I hope they don’t make Batman the antagonist of this film. Before unveiling the logo of the movie (Seen above), actor Harry Lennix, who plays the military general in Man of Steel quoted a little snippet of The Dark Knight Returns, which is my favorite graphic novel of all time. In this story, the two heroes face off in a fight to the death at the end. This makes me think that because this is a Superman sequel, they are going to have the two clash and make Batman seem like the bad guy. I am 150% more of a Batman fan than that boy scout in blue tights. Please don’t make my FAVORITE COMIC BOOK HERO OF ALL TIME look like a villain. Anti-hero is one thing… complete villain is totally different.
2) It’s pretty sick that these two will be on screen together. Also, just for disclosure ***SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) YET***, neither Christian Bale nor Joseph Gordon Levitt will be playing the dark knight. Christopher Nolan is producing the sequel, yes, but he has already stated that his Batman trilogy is a storyline in its own and has nothing to do with this Superman. Also, you’ll notice the Batman symbol is different from the one seen here from Nolan’s movies.
The film is due out in 2015, which makes that year a very exciting year. We have this, the sequel to The Avengers, which they just announced is called The Avengers: Age of Ultron (I have my opinions on that too), and Star Wars Episode VII. Also they’ll start Phase 3 of The Avengers that year too with Ant-Man. Let’s get through 2013 first, though. We have The Wolverine this weekend, Thor: The Dark World coming this fall along with Machete Kills. Stick around for my take or Drew’s take on all those.