What I love about the Warner Bros. announcement at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend about the Man of Steel sequel featuring Batman, is that it reignites the age old argument of who is the greatest superhero ever.
Superman against Batman is pretty epic, but can Superman really be beaten by Batman as Frank Miller’s 1986 The Dark Knight Return comic alludes to which is what Zack Snyder used to announce the Superman vs Batman movie:
“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.”
At the Warner Bros. Comic Con panel Zack Snyder did mention that the Man of Steel sequel would not follow Miller’s comic, but it is the basis of the story they wish to tell.
So two of the biggest superheroes, both in popularity and the potential to bring in millions of revenue, will more than likely be foes in the MoS sequel but are they really an even match? In Total Film‘s January edition they published a nifty comparison table of DC against Marvel but what about using those to pit the two DC superheroes against each other?
If anything we can easily assume that Superman has the upper hand, he’s an alien after all but maybe Batman’s hard exterior could crush Clark rather than Superman. Who knows?! Many months of speculation to follow, and they could even scrap Batman being a major part of the sequel of MoS altogether it’s only in pre-production and slated to be out in 2015.
All that’s left is to cast the Dark Knight 2.0, I hope that the Nolan’s are still going to be a part of the DC universe considering Christopher was on hand as a producer on MoS he could still take that seat and make sure the story is steered in the right way. There have been names banded about already for the role, from Karl Urban to Ryan Gosling and my own personal recommendation of Idris Elba – seriously guys he needs to be cast in something big soon (the first black Batman genius). Or could it be Joseph Gordon Levitt stepping in to the bat suit as was alluded to the end of the Dark Knight Trilogy?
I think Warner Bros. are thinking logically now, after MoS took just over $635 million worldwide and the amazing success of the Dark Knight Trilogy. Instead of trying to put together a Justice League movie to compete with The Avengers they are using their strongest superheroes to build up to the big group so we also have potential for The Flash and Wonder Woman to eventually enter the mix when the Justice League movie gets made.