EDITORIAL: How To Make A SUPERMAN/BATMAN Film

EDITORIAL: How To Make A SUPERMAN/BATMAN Film

EDITORIAL: How To Make A SUPERMAN/BATMAN Film

How will WB and Zack Snyder make anticipated team up come to life? Your guess is as good as mine! I don't pretend to know what they ARE doing but I do know what they SHOULD do. Make the jump to hear my take!

It has been a while since I've written an editorial, so let me apologize if I'm a bit rusty. Why did I decide to write this now? Well, I've been wanting to talk about my take on it and who doesn't want a chance to win that half a grand big G is offering right now?!?!

Now, lets get down to business. Superman and Batman are one of the world's most iconic characters and while many stories have had them team up, there have always been problems with it.

The Problems

1. Superman And Batman's Power Levels Differ Too Greatly.
Lets face it. A ton of ninjas to Batman might be slightly difficult to overcome. Yet throw Superman in the mix, it would be nothing to him. Seriously, Batman has a problem with one clown, while Superman is fighting an alien attack by himself. The question is how to bring villains in that can be a threat to both while not making it too easy for Superman and not making it impossible for Batman.



2. Fighting Each Other.
I expect they will exchange a few blows with each other. Much like Thor and Iron Man did in Marvel's The Avengers last summer. But I don't want them fighting each other the whole movie. This was the problem with Batman vs. Superman script. (Read that here.) It was about them fighting. The movie should be about them teaming up. The team up is the important part, it's not just to see them fight.

3. Villains.
Sure both Superman and Batman's rogue's gallery is jam packed with evil doers to have them go up against. The problem is how to introduce them into the film.

Now those are the problems WB and Zack Snyder have to face. How should they work it out though? Read on.

How it could work.



1. Superman/Batman 1-6.
Base it off of Jeph Loeb's fantastic first six issues of his run. Why? Unlike The Dark Knight Returns (which is said to have influenced the Superman/Batman film) this is both Superman's and Batman's story. While I love The Dark Knight Returns it is much more Batman's story than Superman's and I don't feel they should go that route, yet at least.


(Note: For those that want to read this story find that here for the animated film based on the book find that here.)



2. Villains.
How to introduce villains? Arrow. We have Deathstroke, Shado. By the time this season is up I expect Slade to have some differences with Oliver. That still leaves another whole season to explore on top of that! So who knows you could easily weave in at least mentions of Lex Luthor, The League of Assassins and major players in the DC universe. Some of the villains could be created by Lex Luthor to kill Superman and Batman in the film.

Here is the best list of villains I could come up with that could challenge each hero:
Deathstroke
Deadshot
Lady Shiva (introduced in Arrow)
Giganta (introduced in Superman/Batman)
Silver Banshee (introduced in Superman/Batman)
Black Spider (introduced in Arrow)
Shrike (introduced in Arrow)
Nightshade (introduced in Superman/Batman or Arrow)
Parasite (introduced in Superman/Batman)
Killer Frost (introduced in Superman/Batman)



3. The Plan.
Clark knew him from Smallville, Bruce knew him as a business partner, but when their old friend Lex Luthor becomes president he shows his darker side. When Superman and Batman cross the wrong paths with Lex Luthor he frames them and declares them public enemies. Finding out each other's secrets Clark and Bruce must work together to clear their name and defend themselves from Lex's assassins and newly created metahumans.

That would be the gist of the story.

4. Future.
I would keep Lex as president so that he could keep playing an important role in the DC Universe. Imagine him finding that Brainiac was coming to Earth, and striking a deal with him to help him capture Superman in exchange for not destroying Earth. Plus any criminals that the heroes capture Lex could give a pardon to.

5. Title.
The title shouldn't be Batman vs. Superman. We want them to team up. Not just to fight. But I've explained that before. I feel it should be Superman/Batman: World's Finest. Why? Because it would please fans. Superman should be first for three reasons: 1. It's a sequel to Man Of Steel. 2. The comic is called Superman/Batman. 3. With so many games, animated films and TV shows it's obvious Batman isn't going out of popularity anytime soon. Superman needs his chance to shine. Batman is already popular.

WB needs to do this. This is their chance to do something truly different and to stop being looked at as copying Marvel.

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