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.