EDITORIAL: 5 Things That Need To Be In SUPERMAN/BATMAN
With the film announced at Comic-Con this year and Batman cast for this film a couple weeks ago, little is known about the upcoming Superman/Batman film. LEVITIKUZ states 5 things he feel needs to be in the film from certain scenes to what Bat villain working with Lex. Click to check it out.
Let’s be honest, Superman/Batman is going to be the most talked about and biggest event in not just 2015 but possibly comic book movie history. Yes all WB uses is those 2 characters but they’ve never used them together and I think we all can agree, we’ve always wanted to see a Superman/Batman film happen no matter how much you agree or disagree with it happening. It’s not a diss at Avengers: Age of Ultron. That will be big to but there is a certain feeling you get when you see your favorite characters together on the big screen for the first time. The Avengers gave us that feeling and while I do think Avengers: Age of Ultron will be good, it can’t recapture that feeling since it’s a sequel. But Superman/Batman can because it hasn’t happened before. Now there has been a lot of talk about Superman/Batman. Recently Argo star, Ben Affleck, has signed on to play Bruce Wayne/Batman. That got a lot of people talking and the more they talk, the more anticipated it becomes. I do feel Man of Steel disappointed on some degree. Most of us thought this would be the best superhero movie of all time so in a way it’s our faults for hoping for one film to be the best of all time when it’s not out yet. Iron Man 3, The Wolverine, and Kick-Ass 2 didn’t have this pressure on them. Now if the pressure was on Man of Steel, the pressure has greatly increased with Superman/Batman. This film can not disappoint. It has to be good and everyone likes it. We all have our opinions on what should be in the film, here are my 5 main points on what needs to be in the film.
Start The Film In Gotham And With Batman
In my opinion, Superman/Batman should start off like how Man of Steel started off. Just replace Jor-El and Krypton with Batman and Gotham City. I have an idea of how to do beginning. Most of my influence comes from The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Gotham Knight, the intro to Batman: The Animated Series, 89 Batman, & the car chase scene in Spider-Man 2. Picture this. We start off with the opening like Man of Steel where you see the WB symbol, the DC symbol and the other production symbols. While you see that, you hear a police call going in about a robbery at the Gotham Bank. After you see the company logos, you see an overview of Gotham City. You start to go into and show around the city. It’s nighttime. It’s thundering and raining. We see the Batsignal up in the sky. We get to a building with a gargoyle and we see the back of Batman but never his front. We hear where the robberies are and what street their going on. Now for the record, they don’t have to be just random robberies. You could replace them with Joker or Two-Face or anyone else. Someone more mob related. Or you can just have them be random robberies. Either way works.
Now back to where I was. We see Batman on top of a building. We see his cape flapping around. We then have Batman jump off the building and go to the robberies in a chase with police cars. We have them have a shoot out with a car with detective Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya in it. We have the robberies in a van from the Bank. The robberies were able to shoot one of the tires of the police van off. They think that got away. We then see the driver ask the one of the guys is something following them since he saw a big shadow over them. We now see Batman in the classic Frank Miller pose like the photo I have above this topic over the van. We see him land on the front of the car. Batman punches from the glasses and the car spins out of control and crashes. The robberies didn’t die and they get out and enter some abandon building.
There are like 3-4 thugs. We see them spread out. Batman takes one of them out front the ground like in The Dark Knight Returns. Other thug has his back against the wall and Batman grabs him and pulls him through the wall. We have another Batman knocks out. The final one is scared. We see Batman basically walk up behind him and disarm him and holds him up like he was about to integrate him. He knocks the thug out. The cops come to the building and we have the thugs tied to a stoplight pole. We then see move up to a building, like in the ending of Batman 89, and Batman is on top of another building on a gargoyle looking down. Zoom in around Batman. Have thunder boom and lighting strike a few times, end scene.
In that one scene alone, you already established how Batman is in this universe. You don’t need to go into his training or his origin. We know Batman’s origin. This opening is like how the opening was to the 89 Batman where at the end you say that Batman is a badass. If this was the opening and was pulled off perfectly, I promise no one would complain about Affleck being Batman.
A Quintessential Superman Moment
One thing that really wasn’t in Man of Steel was a Superman moment. Yes the first flight is great but a Superman moment needs to be done in public. An example from the 78 film is him saving the helicopter. Hell even Superman Returns had this moment where we see Superman saving the plane. Like how my idea on an intro for this film is a perfect Batman moment, we need one for Superman. One thing that many people said is that Man of Steel didn’t feel like a Superman movie and I agree a bit. I liked Man of Steel but there were lost elements. I really do feel that the first time we see Superman in the film; we to have a moment that everyone recognizes as a Superman moment. Not just fanboys that say “that was the Superman from yada yada yada”. No. We need a Superman moment everyone recognizes and cheers for. I’m not sure how to do it. It needs to be something new and refreshing. My idea would be a nod from Grant Morrison’s All-Star: Superman and have someone ready to jump off a building to kill themselves. We have Superman talks them down from the idea. We already have had Superman saving planes, grabbing debris, saving Lois before. Having a Superman moment where he doesn’t use his powers in a way to help people is something new and memorable. So yea, I suggest a nod to All-Star Superman as a Superman moment.
Lex Luthor As The First Who Discovers Superman’s Weakness
Now I feel this will happen but I wish Zack could come out and say whether or not it will. With adding Batman and having a rumor that it’s a versus film, it makes me feel this won’t happen. Bruce Wayne/Batman should NOT be the one to discover Superman’s weakness. I swear if that happens, I will walk out of the film. Superman’s weakness needs to be discovered by Lex and used by Lex before Batman ever uses it. Yes Batman plans on how to beat everyone but it just feels odd if Superman’s best friend found out and used his weakness before Superman’s archenemy. I just don’t like the idea of it at all. We all know Lex will be in the film. Personally I want him to use the Kryptonite on Superman by creating Metallo. That is really how it should be. Having Metallo is once again something new and refreshing. I personally want to see Lex as a business type. Someone you know is dirty and evil but you have no proof on him. I also don’t want Lex in the power suit YET! You work up to the power suit. You don’t have the suit in the first fight, in a way, against Superman and Lex. So yea I want Lex to be the one and not Batman that discovers Superman weakness. I feel like it will be Lex but at the same time I need confirmation on this. I don’t want Batman discovering it at all.
Improving Lois Lane & Superman’s Relationship With Metropolis
I really do feel Lois wasn’t great in Man of Steel. I felt that she was just Rachel Dawes 2.0. I mean Lois is a journalist and yet she’s with the army launching a weapon against an alien space ship. It doesn’t make sense. Sure Lois has done stuff like that but in the first appearance of Superman? We need to see a stronger Lois internal not external. Someone who doesn’t call Superman every time she’s in trouble or in danger. Half of the stuff with Lois in Man of Steel left me questioning her. Why did she call Superman Clark? Why she was in the Army plane with the baby space ship Clark was in? She couldn’t just tell the military what to do? Didn’t seem all that complicated that she couldn’t tell them. I would prefer to see Lois Lane the award winning journalist in the film and really just that. I believe Amy Adams can give us a great Lois but just write Lois as Lois and not as Rachel Dawes 2.0. Hell once again, Superman Returns used a Lois that didn’t cry for Superman all the time and showed her as a journalist. For the record, I like both Man of Steel and Superman Returns. Prefer Man of Steel but both films do have their positives and negatives and there is something I prefer in one film that the other didn’t have.
Now with Metropolis improved. One thing I also didn’t like about Man of Steel was you didn’t care for Metropolis. Let me explain. Look at Batman Begins. Look at how Gotham was, how depressing it was, how crime ridden it was. You felt the pain in the city. You wanted Batman to save the city. The city itself became a character. With Man of Steel, there is no connection like that. Superman isn’t connected to Metropolis in the film. Metropolis isn’t a city like Gotham where it’s in danger. We need a connection between Superman and Metropolis. Why does he live there? Why does he protect this city? Defend this city? Save this city? Zod pretty much randomly selected Metropolis as his city to destroy. We never had a connection between Superman and Metropolis and that is something that needs to happen.
A Batman Villain
Now since we have Lex, who will be Batman’s foe? Let’s all agree, it should be Lex and Joker but it can’t. I love the Joker but it’s too early to use him this soon after Ledger’s performance. I mean it was 19 years between Batman and The Dark Knight. It’s only been like 5 since Ledger’s and by the time this film comes out it will only have been 7 years. So while Joker and Lex teaming up would be perfect, we have to think of someone else. I believe the way one should go at this film is Public Enemiesish. Lex wants Bruce Wayne and Superman dead. Lex doesn’t like Superman and he see Bruce Wayne as a rival and wants them eliminated. The villain I’m picking wants Batman and Clark Kent dead. I believe the Batman villain should be Black Mask. Think about it, Batman and Black Mask have been at odds before so we have a connection. Meanwhile we have Clark Kent investigating on some supplies and shipments Black Mask has and is getting a little too nosy with it. In that we have Superman save Bruce from Lex and Batman save Clark from Superman. We will also show Clark Kent’s journalism which does need to be explain in this film. Of course Lex and Black Mask don’t know Superman is Clark Kent and Batman is Bruce Wayne but it does deal with why those 2 villains would be after them and their alter egos. We have Black Mask also hire Deathstroke and Lex has Metallo. Hell maybe I should write a full length story using this….
In conclusion there are several things Superman/Batman needs. We can know move on from the origin story since Man of Steel gave us that. We have to focus on correcting some of the problems Man of Steel had and also how to introduce Batman into this world and who the villains and their motives are. With sequels, you get more freedom. I do feel the film needs a lot more than these 5 reasons. I would prefer some nods at Arrow and The Flash shows so we can have a DC Universe of some sorts. It’s not necessary but it doesn’t hurt. There are many things you can add, I just decided to give you my 5 things that I feel need to happen. So what are your thoughts about this? Do you agree? Disagree? Comment below. Peace and remember…
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