EDITORIAL: 10 Must Haves For The BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN Movie

After Friday's depression article, I think it's time we lighten things up a bit. Today we turn our attention to the highly anticipated film, Batman Vs Superman. So hit the jump to check it out, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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By Khan - 7/27/2013


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Hey look it’s Khan with another obvious “10 Must Haves…” Yes, yes it is. How we all doin’? I’m doing great, thanks for asking. So last week was San Diego Comic-Con and unless you have been living under a rock for the past week, you’d know that both Zack Snyder & Warner Bros’ have announced a Batman/Superman movie. Now I understand how a lot of fans are excited, but I also understand how many fans (like myself) are quite worried, but if DC/WB’s follow my formula, we should get a decent Batman/Superman movie, so here’s a 10 step Bible on how DC/WB’s should make Batman Vs Superman!

1. This Is A Superman Sequel


I think this is the second most important thing to discuss. At the end of the day, no matter what, this film is still a Man Of Steel sequel. I don’t want to go to the theatres in summer of 2015 and go watch a Batman orientated Superman sequel. When you think about it, we only just met Superman in the last half an hour of Man Of Steel, we still haven’t met the Clark Kent we know and love, this movie has to find a way to give us the Superman we want to see and introduce Batman in a new and original way.

2. Have The Movie Based On A Great Comic Book


If any of you watched the announcement of the Batman Vs Superman movie, you would’ve heard the quote that was used before the announcement, that quote is taken directly from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. That would be the worst book to base this film on, and I have faith DC aren’t that stupid. That being said, what’s a good book to base this movie on? Well I’m a huge fan of the Batman/Superman comic book series; the comic book series focused on the early days of Batman meeting Superman, and it featured Supergirl resting in the balance of an alien invasion. I honestly think that could be an awesome idea for a film, but I doubt it considering the amount of stuff this film must address, adding another Kryptonian would only make it more confusing.

3. Lex Luthor



Lex Luthor is perhaps the biggest asshole in all of comics. Look at his smirk, his bright bold head I want to punch him. This is perhaps the best time to bring Lex into the new DCCU, imagine Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor in a business meeting, imagine that shit, it’d be so dope. Lex Luthor having a role in this film would also set up his presence in a future Superman sequel or Justice League movie. Now what could Lex actually do in this movie? Well Lex could provide the main villain with information regarding Superman. LexCorp is one of the biggest companies in this new DCCU, I’m sure he would know a few things regarding Superman’s arrival and the destruction of Metropolis. The next question is, who would play Lex? Jon Hamm. Next!

4. This Movie Has To Be Good



This is the team up movie. In 10 years time, this will be the movie everyone talks about. I mean it’s Superman and Batman, these guys the greatest superheroes out there, this film will no doubt be a huge box office success but that doesn’t mean it will be a huge critical success. I don’t have the biggest faith in this film, as I think it’s slightly rushed. When Zack Snyder & David S. Goyer enter production on the film they must remember that this is the film that will make the childhood of millions, possibly billions. This film will arguably be the biggest superhero movie of all time. Two great superheros like Batman & Superman deserve a film that is simply great.

5. Character Development



Now, I’m a fan of Man of Steel. Do I think it could be better? Yes, but no movie is without fault. For me, Man Of Steel introduced me to Clark Kent/Superman, I understand where he comes from, I understand where he works, but what I (and a huge chunk of the GA) don’t know is what Clark does. Like does Clark go out with Lois? Does Clark send some cheques to his mother back in Kansas? Has Superman been protecting Metropolis since Zod? These are all logical questions that must be answered; this film has a lot to do. Not only do we meet a brand new Batman, but we also meet new supporting characters like Alfred, Lex Luthor and more, so this film needs to put development before spectacle. The last thing I want to see is a Batman Vs Superman movie, where it’s just Batman & Superman fighting for the whole thing, not only is that boring but we eventually stop giving a shit.

6. Less Focus On Batman


Okay, so I’ve been thinking about why Warner Bros’ wanted Batman in Man of Steel 2, and simply… It’s because of money. The last two Batman films all grossed over a billion dollars, the character is a superstar, you slap Batman’s name on it and you’ll get people to see it. While Man Of Steel was not a box office flop, I think in WB’s eyes it’s not as much as they were hoping for. Obviously, Batman will be in this film, now that also means Superman will share screen time with Batman, which means Batman will get the spotlight. This is something that must not happen. While I don’t think Zack Snyder and David Goyer are stupid enough to make a Superman sequel and have Batman be the main character, I have a fear that the character will become more important than Superman.

7. Make Batman Beat Superman


The title of this film is rumored to be Batman Vs Superman. Easy billion dollars right there, but anyway, the film is going to be a fighting movie, I get that. We are going to see Batman and Superman duke it out on each other and while that sounds awesome, it seems way to logical that Superman would win. I mean, he’s an alien from Krypton, he just defeated General Zod, he can kick Batman’s sorry little ass all over the place, that’s where this film becomes awesome. Batman must beat Superman, now I know this kind of contradicts what I said earlier, but think of Batman as more of a villain (to Superman), not only should this happen, but this should happen within the opening 45 minutes. Now, Superman being beaten by a human would not only create self doubt on Clark, but would also make him ask himself some questions like “How’d he beat me?” or “Am I not worthy?” these are questions that should be asked by our hero, this would also bring Superman down to our level showing how even Superman, the greatest of heroes is not perfect.

8. Don’t Make It So Dark And Depressing


I honestly don’t care who you are; Nolan’s Batman films are over the top depressing and extremely dark. That’s why I love them, they tell a different side of Batman, and something we haven’t seen on the big screen before… Now we have, so let’s move on. Man Of Steel was dark and depressing, the music was excellent and uplifting, but the film and tone was way to dark for a Superman movie. As a fan of DC Comics and Superman, I demand a cheesy Clark. I love the idea that Lois knows who Superman is; it makes her character seem less idiotic, but because Lois knows does not mean the entire Daily Planet office needs to know. Having Clark trip over things, or spill coffee everywhere are things that make the people of Metropolis and the Daily Planet seem unsure of the true identity of Superman. Batman being a detective will crack this code in a second… Well one can only assume. I want a Superman movie that has that one moment where Superman gives us hope, not by saying a person from a alien or saving a girl from a sinking ship; but saving us from ourselves. There is a comic book panel that is just above this paragraph, this panel (in my opinion) is what Superman needs to represent. Superman needs to show us humans that life gets better, this panel not only shows Superman saving someone, but he does it in a way no moviegoer would expect. While I don’t see the studio or creative team changing the tone for this film, it’d be nice if we saw a less depressed Batman/Superman.

9. Brainiac


This is where Brainiac should make his grand appearance. Brainiac is one of the greatest super villains in all of comics. He is just badass, having Brainiac featured in this film would give Superman a challenge he cannot face alone. This film will obviously pave the ground work for the potential Justice League movie, so having Superman and Batman team up to take down Brainiac would not only build character for the two gods, but would also give us (the audience) a rough idea of how a Justice League movie could go down. Superman can’t beat Brainiac, in this film I assume he can’t beat Batman so asking for help from Batman would not only build some character for Superman but would also get the audience to know where he’s coming from.

10. No Armie Hammer


All right, I get it. I am a stupid fool, I thought Armie Hammer could lead a franchise, I was wrong. Does that mean Hammer should never appear in DC film? No, because I bet something fishy is going on at Warner Bros’. Anyway, with Hammer not my first choice to play the Dark Knight, you might be asking yourself, “then who is Khan?” Well, I’ll tell you. My casting pick for Batman is the most obvious and most overly done choice in the history of casting picks. Matt Bomer. Matt Bomer, is legitimately Bruce Wayne, his acting chops are beyond average and I feel like Bomer and Cavill would have tremendous chemistry. Matt Bomer is my pick; comment below who you think should play the next Batman!

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Wow, we’re done again. I swear to god, the weeks go by faster when you look forward to something; hopefully you guys enjoyed this edition of “10 Must Haves…” Now it’s true, I’m running out of ideas, but fear not! I have at least 3 more weeks of solid ideas and then it’s going to be up to you guys. Next week’s “10 Must Haves…” Will feature DC’s most famous under water superhero, Aquaman. As usual, I’m Khan and I’m out for now!


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ThisIsHeavy - 7/27/2013, 2:58 PM
Completely agree with 7 and 8.
harleyquinn4737 - 7/27/2013, 3:42 PM
Awesome editorial ---- totally agree with everything!
Odin - 7/27/2013, 3:55 PM
Good points.
jjk2814 - 7/27/2013, 4:18 PM
No Matt Bomer...why? Because he looks EXACTLY like Henry Cavill
BennyFromTheBronx - 7/27/2013, 4:30 PM
So when superman gets a new suit how the hell are they gonna explain that?
JM4Superman - 7/27/2013, 4:36 PM
I disagree with 7
tonytony - 7/27/2013, 4:45 PM
We need brainiac or doomsday, basically someone who can have go toe to toe with superman so that we get the spectacle element too. If its just joker and lex then there is no scope for superman to go all out. You could have those two but there needs to be a physical element for superman too and he needs a villain he can fight.
manymade1 - 7/27/2013, 4:51 PM
The first Superman/Batman story arc could work. A bounty being put on both their heads would give reason for them to fight and eventually team up.
MrCBM56 - 7/27/2013, 4:53 PM
NO/b>

BATMAN SHOULD NOT BEAT SUPERMAN.

Especially the way they established Superman in MOS. The guy tried to push him and he didn't even move.

I agree with everything else except that and Braniac. He should be save for a MOS standalone, or Justice League.
MrCBM56 - 7/27/2013, 4:53 PM
^

Haha fail on my behalf
manymade1 - 7/27/2013, 4:54 PM
I'd also like to see some of this:

TheLoveDoc - 7/27/2013, 5:03 PM
Batman beat Superman in the comics didnt he? And I thought fanboys liked to b*tch when a movie didnt follow the source material...
MrCBM56 - 7/27/2013, 5:14 PM
thelovedoc

In the comics it's bullshit too. The only reason comic writers let Batman do half the shit he does is because he has a VERY large fan base and the more spectacular the more money.

I mean we're talking about a guy who CAN'T beat a guy dressed as a clown, but CAN beat a superpowered alien? Gtfo.
TheOneAboveAll - 7/27/2013, 5:19 PM
To those saying no to Matt Bomer... I think some of you forget a very important plot point from the comics and even shown in the Cartoon(TAS).
Superman and Batman look eerily similar. They are nearly dopplegangers for each other and sometimes do take each other's places to confuse people. Matt Bomer was one of the final 3 multiple times in the running to play Superman so it makes great sense for Matt Bomer and Cavill to be Bats and Supes since they look alike.
TheOneAboveAll - 7/27/2013, 5:22 PM
@MrCBM56...
You do understand that not even the biggest GODS of the DC Universe can best the Joker for the simple reason that he is beyond unpredictable and thinks on a different level than any other being in the DCU... The Joker is the ultimate mind of chaos. Even The Spectre could not judge him/kill him for the reason that he has a purpose and the fact that is actually insane beyond comprehension which is why Batsy can defeat an alien and not The Joker. Nearly everyone in the DCU can be calculated or you can learn how predictable they can be, and most commonly it is Supes who is the easiest to calculate predictability, The Joker is unpredictable.
AshleyWilliams - 7/27/2013, 5:29 PM
Love the list. Don't like Bomer for the role.
HouseSnow - 7/27/2013, 5:34 PM
so in short

1. The superman sequel must be a superman sequel
2. the comic book movie has to be based on a good comic book
3. Lex Luthor has to be in it (duh)
4. The expensive, risky movie has to be good
5. the expensive risky movie must have character development
6. The superman sequel must focus on superman
7. the comic book movie must follow the comics
8. Dont make it the same tone as the preceding movie
9. no
10. duh and no.

what are you 8?
dellamorte1872 - 7/27/2013, 5:49 PM
THEY WILL BOTH BAND TOGETHER TO FIGHT LUTHOR. Think about it. It will be the perfect time to intro the character.Give Bruce and Clark a common enemy tobandtogether against. End this film illuding to the 3rd being exclusively BRAINIAC tho.
dellamorte1872 - 7/27/2013, 5:53 PM
Organically it will work but its boring. Honestly I can careless about this. Not like this wont be a spectacle but BATS has his own films to highlight. SUPES NEEDS TO BE GOING AGAINST THE LIKES OF PARASITE, BRAINIAC, BIZARRO, METALLO, AND DOOMSDAY!
dellamorte1872 - 7/27/2013, 5:55 PM
Do we have a film strictly just; HULK VS IRON MAN? Their popularity could be capitalized too if played well
WeaponX93 - 7/27/2013, 6:02 PM
Nice work Khan. I agree with all of these. If anyone in the DCCU needs the spotlight, atleast for now, it has to be Superman. Unfortunately, I feel Batman is going to be the Iron Man/Wolverine of this universe. Speaking of Wolverine, would you consider doing a top ten for a sequel to The Wolverine?
MrCBM56 - 7/27/2013, 6:15 PM
theoneaboveall

Do you know how many times Joker has been arrested by GCPD. All you have to do is shoot the mother[frick]er lmao.

Don't get me wrong though, Joker is a damn sadistic, terrifying ass villian. One of my fav of all time. But sometimes it becomes TOO easy to kill him. But I understand you don't want to kill off a major and iconic character like that.
MrCBM56 - 7/27/2013, 6:16 PM
blackjack10

But Goyer has said in a interview that with planning, Batman could beat ANYBODY. Even Superman. That's what I'm worried about.
Lhornbk - 7/27/2013, 6:27 PM
Ok HouseSnow, while I don't agree with much of this article (generally speaking, I'm just tired of comic book fans trying to write their own movies in these articles), there was no reason for your little snide how old are you remark. If you paid any attention to this site, then you would know how old Khan is and how much these movies & this site mean to him. While I am generally tired of these articles from others, after knowing more about Khan I want him to keep at it, even if I do disagree with his ideas. So knock it off already.
NovaCorpsFan - 7/27/2013, 6:50 PM
Yeah U didn't read it but the layout's good so I gave it a thumb up.
NovaCorpsFan - 7/27/2013, 6:51 PM
I*
Facade - 7/27/2013, 7:17 PM
I'm warming to the idea of Bomer as Batman, but if this is a reboot for the character, then he must be a major factor to the story regardless of it being a MOS sequel.

@MAC...Goyer is a [frick]ing idiot ;D
JasonGrayson77 - 7/27/2013, 7:34 PM
I love his reason for why batman should beat superman. I admit at first I was like "what", but it would make it easier on the film (character development wise). They'll have somewhere to take supes, mentally that is. I agree 100%. Khan's a genius.
JasonGrayson77 - 7/27/2013, 7:35 PM
@Facade
Yes, yes he is. Very much so
CampBlood - 7/27/2013, 8:16 PM
good article
shangho - 7/27/2013, 8:38 PM
I agree with some but for one cheesy Clark I MUST disagree.Him being a bumbling doofus would not distract people from his other identity,especially not in the age of cellphones and the Internet (and geek Clark worked for Reeve because basically it was the 70's).I think it's more plausible that people would be so preoccupied with the fact that an all powerful alien is flying around out there that no one would really give a crap what his identity is,just that he exists.
shangho - 7/27/2013, 8:43 PM
And Batman beating Superman is feasible because Supes having powers doesn't automatically make him an expert fighter/strategist.Example:I once saw my aunt (who was a black belt in Tae Kwon Do/Judo defeat and flip an opponent easily twice her size and weight by using his weight against him in a flip).at the end of the day "The bigger they are the harder they fall" would work.And hell with a man like Bruce Wayne's knowledge and resources he could easily be the one to discover and implement the use of Kryptonite
MJPETTY7 - 7/27/2013, 8:46 PM
I also want Matt Bomer to play Batman, but I DO want Superman AND Batman to have equal character development and screen-time. Yes, it's a follow-up to MOS, but it's also the beginning to a new Batman. That's the deal.
shangho - 7/27/2013, 8:47 PM
Oh and everyone assumed its a "Vs." situation because of the line from Dark Knight Returns that was read at SDCC,and rightfully so.Of ALL the lines that could have been read THAT one was chosen obviously for a reason.......
KNIGHT3000 - 7/27/2013, 8:52 PM
You lost me at 7, If you were to allow Superman to be beaten by Batman in his 2nd movie, it just kinda negates "SUPER". I don't see why nobody gets that, the fact that you need a weakness to beat him doesn't really say anything for Batman either...
DVonShakari - 7/27/2013, 8:58 PM
Batman beating Superman?? I dunno....Batman is not someones black belt judo aunt (uncle) flipping someone using his opponents weight and momentum against him....

Just because they put it in a cartoon or a comic book doesn't make it more "realistic" either...

Whaddaya stoopid or somethin?

Think about it....How the hell can a normal man in spandex beat a man who is faster than a speeding bullet....Supes speed alone wins the fight....

I don't care what you know, karate, judo, kung-fu, whatever......if you can catch up with the other guy then you're done!

DVonShakari - 7/27/2013, 9:00 PM
Even if Bats is fast enough, him punching Superman would break his hands and wrists....

WTF...bullets can't penetrate or hurt Superman but ohhh wait a minute....Batman's human hand can knock him down??

DVonShakari - 7/27/2013, 9:03 PM
Superman shoots f*ckin lasers outta his eyes.....I'm pretty sure Batman won't be too hard to see....Burn Him!!! Blast the bastard.....let's see who's cape starts fire 1st....

There isn't a shadow in the world that can hide Batman either....Superman is like f*ck some light...I don't need that sh*t....lol
angus666 - 7/27/2013, 9:05 PM
Batman has no prior experience with Superman. He doesn't even know if he has a weakness yet. He shouldn't win, he should be intimidated.
DVonShakari - 7/27/2013, 9:05 PM
@NickKaseAKAthePieEATERxGETIT......THANK YOU!!!

Dude...Superman has super breath!!! He can blow you away or better yet make a Batman Popsicle...
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