EDITORIAL: Why WORLD'S FINEST Should Be The Next DC Comics Movie

With Justice League's 2015 release now looking unlikely, there's still a chance that one DC movie can debut in between Man Of Steel and the ensemble flick. Hit the jump to find out why a Batman/Superman team-up film should be that movie.

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By Paul Romano - 2/10/2013


This week, a new rumor concerning Warner Bros.' Justice League movie suggested that screenwriter Will Beall's for the DC Comics superhero ensemble was so terrible that it was scrapped, and the studio wasn't even sure about moving forward with the project. The idea of hiring a new writer after the disappointing response to Gangster Squad certainly isn't surprising. This, plus the lack of a director and the decision to wait and see how Man Of Steel does this summer before giving a green light, makes the previously reported 2015 release very unlikely. Many fans have expressed desires to see other DC characters, such as Wonder Woman and The Flash, get their own movies before Justice League, and with the film probably being delayed, it's possible to squeeze in at least one more movie before answering Marvel's The Avengers. My personal pick? None other than a World's Finest Batman/Superman team-up film.

Why would this be the best movie to lead into Justice League? Assuming that Man Of Steel is a big hit at the box office, WB will want to release a sequel sooner rather than later. In fact, it has been said repeatedly that the studio hopes that the Henry Cavill-starrer will launch a new franchise for them. World's Finest can easily continue Superman's story from Zack Snyder's reboot without the weight of four to five (or more) other superheroes', and it can also be used to introduce the new Batman. Introducing a brand new take on the Caped Crusader alongside just about every other Justice League member in the ensemble would be a very difficult task, but debuting him in a team-up film with Superman would serve a much better introduction. Plus, World's Finest could serve that task without the need for yet another solo Batman film in the near future. Also, assuming that Man Of Steel will be more stand alone in terms of a DC Cinematic Universe, World's Finest would expand its universe further into a wider DC world.

A Batman/Superman team-up would also be a safe venture for Warner Bros., as they haven't had much success with DC Comics adaptations beyond these two characters and are understandably hesitant to produce more. However, both Batman and Superman are guaranteed money makers (despite Superman Returns underperforming back in 2006; however, Man Of Steel should do much better), and with the former starring in two $1B+ films, having the world's two most iconic comic book characters in the same movie could be a massive box office smash. In fact, especially if word of mouth is great, World's Finest would easily rival the success of The Avengers.

Continuing on from its relation to Justice League, World's Finest would save it the burden of depicting at least Superman and Batman's first meeting. Having five to six (or more) heroes on screen is a tough act, and even more so if only one is a familiar face. Again, World's Finest would introduce a new Batman that fans can warm up to by JL, and having him and Superman knowing each other by the ensemble (similar to how in the DC Animated Universe, the two met before the Justice League series) would certainly help the storyline.

Finally, I'd like to say that, unlike a Green Lantern sequel or an Aquaman movie, a World's Finest film in the very near future could be within the realm of possibility. Why? Well, a Batman Vs. Superman movie very nearly happened, with Wolfgang Petersen (Troy) attached to direct. Planned to be a reboot of both superhero franchises, the film was suddenly scrapped when WB decided to focus on individual films instead, which led to 2005's Batman Begins and 2006's Superman Returns. The fact that such a film nearly happened may cause the studio to consider it again. In fact, it was rumored back in 2011 that a Batman/Superman film was quietly being developed, but we have heard nothing since.

In conclusion, World's Finest would arguably be the most ideal bridge between Man Of Steel and Justice League. Not only could it serve as a direct follow-up to the former, it can also further ground a wider DC Universe and do a much better job at building up to the latter. Plus, if MOS builds up a lot of hype, WB surely wouldn't want it to have potentially died out by 2016/2017 (or whenever JL releases). Enter World's Finest.











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MonroeArtStudio - 2/10/2013, 11:53 AM
I've been thinking this all along, and would be first in line to see it!
TheTank - 2/10/2013, 11:56 AM
I been saying all along Id rather see a Worlds finest than JLA.
thorhulk77 - 2/10/2013, 11:57 AM
Excellent point. TotaLly would be awesome.
CavEl - 2/10/2013, 12:00 PM


But...

CaptainObvious - 2/10/2013, 12:00 PM
I'm tired of Batman and I wouldn't want a World's Finest movie to be made so a writer, who has no idea how any DC character works expect for Batman, glorify Batman at the expense of Superman. Even though that might not be the case, it's still a possiblilty because there are idiots who think Batman is the best superhero ever and everybody else sucks compared to him.
thorhulk77 - 2/10/2013, 12:01 PM
Am I the only one who wants Batman to actually have a gray suit in his next movie?
thorhulk77 - 2/10/2013, 12:02 PM
@CaptainObvious

Can you not start the Batman hate today?
Supes17 - 2/10/2013, 12:02 PM
Sounds good to me!

They can also add more heroes like Flash, Green Lantern, or Wonder Woman in the sequels as secondary characters to introduce them to the audience.

And then... BAM!.. Justice League
7frames - 2/10/2013, 12:04 PM
Agreed. It's also the better choice, because it wouldn't make it come off like they're trying so hard to copy Marvel.
prototype87 - 2/10/2013, 12:05 PM
ForeverPowerful - 2/10/2013, 12:05 PM
I agree with you on this, since the Batman/Superman friendship is so unique and awesome. It would be great to have some of the members on the team to have a established relationship, since it sounds like were getting a JL movie before some solo movies. Id love to see Cavills Superman and the new Batman (my personal choice is Jeffrey Donovan) working together and then meet back up in JL.

Wonder Woman is big enough and complex enough to not need to be introduced along with another hero. The flash and green lantern idea would work well too. I'd love to see a Lethal Weapon type feel to that. And I really hope they include Manhunter, I've always wanted to see him done.

Great article in my opinion!
CavEl - 2/10/2013, 12:06 PM
@ CaptainObvious - Bro, that's how it's been for year, Batman and the superpowered idiots that he always has to save.

That's why the idea of Bruce Timm starting up the DCCU makes my stomach turn. Frank Miller started Bat-God, Bruce Timm made it famous, Grant Morrison made it cannon and Frank Miller took it too far.
TheAbomination - 2/10/2013, 12:06 PM
It could happen, but knowing WB, it probably won't.
soberchimera - 2/10/2013, 12:07 PM
I don't think we need any DC team-ups at all right now. I'd be perfectly happy with solo Wonder Woman, Flash, and Aquaman movies with the depth and spectacle Chris Nolan brought to Batman and hopefully what Zack Snyder will bring to Superman this summer.
thorhulk77 - 2/10/2013, 12:07 PM
@LEVITIKUTZ

Thank god lol. The only thing I dont like about the Arkham suit is that it has underwear. The New 52 suit is beast.
Nomis1800 - 2/10/2013, 12:10 PM
First a new Batman film, then WORLD's FINEST!!!!!!!
CavEl - 2/10/2013, 12:10 PM
By taking it too far, I mean TDKSA and All-Star Batman.
MrChuff - 2/10/2013, 12:11 PM
Bale and Cavill or fvck off.
TheRegula - 2/10/2013, 12:13 PM
Maybe we'll finally get this film or maybe by the time it comes out we'll all be dead like when it appeared in I am legend.
CaptainObvious - 2/10/2013, 12:13 PM
@thorhulk77- I want to make one thing clear: I love Batman. He is probably my second favorite supehero next to Spider-Man. However, over the years, I have seen writers constantly treat all the DC superheroes like incompetent morons just to make Batman look awesome, even if it means contradicting their characters.

Don't even get me started on how Frank Miller is the biggest offender when it comes to this.
Coachella - 2/10/2013, 12:14 PM
It would be bigger than the Avengers and all the hardcore marvel fanboys know it. DC has the top 2 most iconic Superheroes of alltime. The grand daddies of them all. It would be perfect to start a DC Universe from here. It's guaranteed to be a box office success.
ATrueHero1987 - 2/10/2013, 12:17 PM
I will always remember how World's Finest movie was VERY close to being made.
thorhulk77 - 2/10/2013, 12:17 PM
@CaptainObvious

I agree with you on Frank Miller. Lml
GodzillaKart - 2/10/2013, 12:17 PM
I think this is a great idea. This would be a good way to avoid the completely unnecessary Batman origin story. I could see Superman investigating the reports of the mysterious bat-creature in Gotham. I would love to see them finally nail Bats and give us a super-intelligent, super tough, complex character.
CavEl - 2/10/2013, 12:19 PM
@ Batman27 - Dude, no Marvel fanboy is bias enough to suggest that the Avengers would be nearly as appealing as Superman and Batman.

They're number 1 and 2, the only Marvel characters that come close belong to Fox and Sony at the moment and they're not close either.
dracula - 2/10/2013, 12:20 PM
they should do it like this
Man Of Steel
The Batman
Worlds Finest
Justice League
Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
Flash
Funsize - 2/10/2013, 12:23 PM
Hell yeah!!!
ahhmynuts - 2/10/2013, 12:23 PM
id watch it thats for sure
ATrueHero1987 - 2/10/2013, 12:23 PM
Hell around that time, WB/DC was "trying" to develop movies like World's Finest, Batman Beyond, Wonder Woman, and others.
Supes17 - 2/10/2013, 12:26 PM
No, [frick].. No Batman stand alones please..
They should wait several years..

It should be like this IMO

Man of Steel(2013)

World's Finest(2015) Which would reintroduce Batman to the movie screen without making it a standalone reboot

Man of Steel Sequel(2016-2017)
Trinity(2018-2019)
JUSTICE LEAGUE(2020)
Man of Steel 3(2019-2021)
Taboggon - 2/10/2013, 12:28 PM
Batman and Superman can do very different types of stories,
one being crime based and the other more sci-fi based.

I don't think that there HAS to be team up movies from DC just because Avengers made mega bucks. Concentrate on doing a good job on the individual properties I would say.
GodzillaKart - 2/10/2013, 12:28 PM
@Batman27 & PatriotsSuperguy: Not to nit pick, but I have to say that although Superman is perhaps the most iconic and recognizable superhero, I don't think he is as popular or as big a draw as Batman, Spider-man, or even Iron Man now. The poor box office of SR showed that if the movie isn't great, the character alone won't fill the seats.

Luckily, MOS looks like it is going to be [frick]ing amazing, and may bring the character into the 21st century and create a whole new army of fans.
BritishKnight - 2/10/2013, 12:32 PM
You made some really good points but I have to disagree a little bit. I don't see a World's Finest movie bridging the gap towards the Justice League/

If they make a World's Finest movie it'll be the lazy way out. The audience is already familiar with the characters and these franchises have proven to be successful. If the movie does well at the box office then WB/DC executives would probably move forward with a World's Finest 2 or a new Batman rather than a Justice League movie.

Let's be honest the WB/DC wasn't happy with Green Lantern, they've tried several times to get Wonder Woman on screen but they always end up getting cold feet/ a bad project, they probably think Martian Manhunter and Aquaman won't work on film (according to Latino-Review they weren't included in the most recent draft of the Justice League film), and it took the Flash years to get his own solo animated film. I'm sure that there are some executive who see these characters as unadaptable; if they can capitalize on the success of superhero team up movies without using these characters then they probably will.

If they make World's Finest our best hope for a Justice League movie would be an introduction to league characters in World's Finest 2 similar to Lego Batman 2: DC Superheros.



Tony93 - 2/10/2013, 12:32 PM
in a perfect world yes..
DanteSparda - 2/10/2013, 12:32 PM
What PatriotsSuperguy said, surely it's just me but I would prefer to see Wordl's Finest more than a JLA movie.
TayDee - 2/10/2013, 12:34 PM
I agree with a World's Finest movie before the JL. Batman & Superman together will break the box office and it would cause people to anticipate the JL. And so far, we haven't really seen a cbm in which a tag team is the core of the story.
GodzillaKart - 2/10/2013, 12:35 PM
@Levitikuz: Seeing GA on the big screen would be [frick]ing fantastic. Mike Grell made him one of the best in DC's lineup.
CoolantTech - 2/10/2013, 12:38 PM
Sounds Good... But a Trinity movie sounds better
rondz123 - 2/10/2013, 12:40 PM
In the Dark Knight Rises extra footage on the upcoming DVD release in July SHOW how Bruce got back to Gotham by calling Lex Luther and catching a ride on one of his Planes.

Just show Bruce at the airport with the words Luther Ent. on a plane when coming back to Gotham.
MJPETTY7 - 2/10/2013, 12:42 PM
I hope this happens...
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