Why Batman/Superman should NOT be cancelled
My vindication of the long time coming Batman/Superman movie...
Let's get one thing straight, Superman and Batman are practically responsible for creating the popularity in comic books and the credibility in comic book movies, both formats pretty much began with them, sure there were comic books and comic book movies before them but none of them made any sort of significant impact on culture like Superman and Batman have and to suggest that WB should bow out because Disney have a couple of movies coming out around the same time, is absurd, that's like suggesting an Olympic sprinter not even try because there will be some competition there, that kind of preemptive acquiescence never got anybody anywhere.
When WB puts these two icons in a film together, it's a guaranteed moneymaker, it really is, it will be the single biggest moment in comic book movie history, Batman/Superman will not be scared of The Avengers or Star Wars, Star Wars and The Avengers should be scared of Batman/Superman.
While Marvel certainly has its place in the market, I do think Marvel is losing some of its allure, when they put out what feels like homogenous, perfunctory and increasingly predictable movies, DC needn't worry, they cracked over a billion dollars with Batman alone, it took Marvel 6 heroes to crack a billion dollars and Iron Man 3 largely rode off of that success with what was largely considered a disappointing sequel by most fans.
And if anyone was so inclined to study the numbers, Man of Steel out grossed every single Marvel phase 1 movie, The Avengers and Iron Man 3 grossed more than the Man of Steel but once The Avengers gloss wore off even The Dark World, which faced far less competition in the cinemas, couldn't overcome the Man of Steel so I doubt WB are scared of the big bad bogeyman from Marvel, there is room in the world of comic book movies for Marvel and DC.
Admittedly Batman/Superman will seemingly introduce a whole plethora of new heroes and villains into the mix if all the rumors are to be believed but at this point, we hardly know what we don't know about Batman/Superman.
It stands to reason that Superman will still be the focus of the movie, the entire conflict of Batman/Superman is said to revolve around Superman's actions from the Man of Steel so while Batman will be introduced along with Wonder Woman in a completely unknown degree, this is still primarily Superman's story plus the rumored villains at this point are all Superman villains, Lex Luthor, Metallo and possibly even Brainiac.
For too long WB have sat idly by with their illustrious properties showing little to no clarity or vision for their combined futures so I for one am glad to see them finally hit the ground running after all WB practically invented the comic book movie genre and it appears they've finally found their creativity and inspiration again with what appears to be a Trinity movie, a Flash movie, a Justice League movie, a Sandman movie and a Justice League Dark movie all looming on the horizon.
I don't find much credence in the argument that Batman/Superman will be too crowded, Batman/Superman is coming from Zack Snyder, the same man who filmed the 'unfilmable' Watchmen, a superhero ensemble that featured 6 superheroes, it was a truly exceptional and well balanced comic book movie and what was even more remarkable is that Zack Snyder didn't have any origin movies to build off beforehand.
Zack was starting from scratch with every single character and yet they all felt like fully fleshed out characters, relatable, understandable and totally realistic, Watchmen was essentially a Justice League movie without any origin movies to build on, even Roger Ebert praised it so Zack Snyder must have done something right.
Or the baseless argument that we need origin movies first because otherwise we simply wouldn't care about the characters, I find this criticism to be empty because one of the most revered and successful comic book movies was none other than Batman in 1989 which contained no discernible origin story therein.
Although this was Batman's first movie on the big screen, we were shown a fully formed Batman at the height of his crime fighting career, we weren't given an origin story into the formation of Batman, Tim Burton delved into The Joker's origin story which coincided with some of Bruce Wayne's history but we didn't need to know everything about Bruce Wayne to be invested in his story or in his character.
Credit where credit is due, thanks to Nomis for pointing out that the Batman movie released in 1966 was in fact, the first Batman movie on the big screen, over two decades before Tim Burton would bring his vision to Gotham city and its Dark Knight but my point still stands, the original Batman movie had no origin story either.
I would be happy enough if they don't explore Batman's or Wonder Woman's origin story at all in Batman/Superman because frankly, we (the audience) and they (the characters) simply don't need it, at least not yet, retain some of their mystery, we don't need to know every single detail about them immediately, save their origin stories for their solo movies or future movies via flashbacks.
WB have been planning this team up movie since before the Man of Steel was even released, to suggest that WB should stop before they ever really start is insane, I say go for it WB.
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