A couple of days ago as the San Diego Comic Con came to an end, it was revealed in the Warner Brothers panel that instead of a “Man Of Steel 2” film to follow up the blockbuster summer release, that the fans of the DC Comics franchises will get a film featuring both Superman AND Batman. We got this cool image but I fear not much else but its without question that its very easy to get excited about this kind of news.
Any of the comic book fans that have been enjoying the output of the Marvel Cinematic Universe knows full well that Warner Brothers has been clamoring for a Justice League film but unlike how Iron Man worked into Incredible Hulk and Thor into Captain America into Avengers, nothing of the sort has been done with any of the last ten years Batman films. If you paid attention during “Man Of Steel” though you might recall a scene where a Wayne Industries satellite gets destroyed so there was a tiny clue there to show how there might be more to this world than the big blue boy scout. We even saw some Lexcorp fuel trucks get demolished so Luthor is somewhere out there as well but nothing else. Green Lantern didn’t give us a clue that they walked the same Earth and we have yet to see Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Flash and perhaps the Atom or Martian Manhunter in the cinema flesh yet. I remain hopeful.
I want to add that I really enjoyed “Man Of Steel” and had many initial reservations about the film but left with a smile on my face that found me looking forward to the expansion of Superman’s world in film once more. That was not the same case for “The Dark Knight Rises” which I felt left me for want. It was good but I didn’t need to see it again. I’ll watch “MOS” again for sure and while they are different properties, can say that I have watched the Marvel movies several times apiece. It’s possible for a “Superman/Batman” film to work but will it need a lot more fleshing out than they are prepared for? I guess it all boils down to what is the story that they are going to tell. I anticipate this being like when John Byrne did the “Man Of Steel” comic back in the eighties. Superman and Batman were NOT friends at all at first and were at odds on every page. That makes sense. I also think that whatever this film brings to the table needs to introduce at least one more if not two new heroes for the eventual “Justice League” film to even make sense.
What do you fans and readers of the comic book offerings think? I am leaving the comments open to any possible dialogue.
“Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!!!! Yes its Superman, strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman; who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel with his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent mild-mannered reporter for a great Metropolitan newspaper fights for Truth, Justice and the American Way.”
I’ve not been quiet about my enjoyment of the crop of Marvel Cinematic Universe films over the last couple of years on our official blog for PiercingMetal and now its time to give some attention over to what we will find coming out next year from the DC Comics side. The next film for their characters will be a reboot of the Superman franchise entitled “Man Of Steel” and will give us his origin, discovery of powers and a battle with an evil Kryptonian named General Zod. You might perhaps remember that Superman fought Zod and some other criminals from his home world in “Superman II” if you are of a certain age and if you don’t I still highly recommend those two films.
Clearly this is a darker and more brooding take on the hero than I expected so I hope it works out for them and the future of the franchise. The important thing to remember is that Superman is NOT Batman and hence not dark in his motivations for heroism. Superman is supposed to be as good and as positive as all get out and is pretty much unbeatable based on his powers. Batman on the other hand is just a whole lot of whoop ass that leaves villains wishing they stayed home.
The Cast: Henry Cavill (Clark Kent/Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Ken), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe (as Jor-El).
Before my words get taken wrong, you should know I love Superman and want an exciting, heroic film for the character. I did not enjoy Green Lantern all that much and I felt that Dark Knight Rises needed a little more Batman in it so I am going to be a bit skeptical until I walk out of the theater next year. To my knowledge there will be no intermingling of characters in this new film which is a shame since after Marvel’s “The Avengers”, a “Justice League” movie would be a very interesting project to see develop. What are your hopes for this film and the future of Superman in cinema? I have left the comments open to discuss a little bit.
The big day is finally here for the fans of the Batman franchise as “The Dark Knight Rises” opens up in theaters everywhere. The film continues and apparently completes the saga that Chris Nolan began with “Batman Begins” and continued with “The Dark Knight” and I have to admit that I never realized this was going to be a trilogy. Nolan’s Batman was grittier than any we had seen before, and even more so than the one from the 1989 film where he was played by Michael Keaton. In any event I am excited for this movie.
“In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night; No Evil Shall Escape My Sight; Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my Power – Green Lantern’s Light!”
That’s the famous oath of the Green Lantern Corps and the words spoken by Hal Jordan every time he needs to recharge his incredible Power Ring and “suit up” as the Green Lantern of Sector 2814. That’s Earth and its surrounding area of space in case you were curious. Today is the opening of the very first ever live action Green Lantern film and if the trailers are any example of what is to be found, then it looks like a whole lot of fun.