I love Batman. Late to the fandom, I was converted (co-opted, corrupted) by Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, which inspired me to read Frank Miller’s graphic novel. So, to clarify, I’m a fairly recent, but ardent fan. I have the new trilogy on blu-ray, a shiny new copy of the Frank Miller graphic novel, a handful of other comics, some Lego and a Batman backpack. Yes, I use the backpack in public.
I’m not a walking encyclopedia of Batman knowledge. I’m not the ultimate Batman geek. I simply chose him as my hero based on the movie, The Dark Knight, which will remain one of my all time favourites. The ending is my super hero epiphany. I know enough about enough to comment on the rivalry between Batman and Superman, however. It’s a classic clash, strength versus smarts, and illustrates perfectly why I will always love Batman.
I kinda like Superman now, too. It’s the new movie. Before Man of Steel, Superman was just a dude in blue spandex and a red cape. The alien origin intrigued; I’m interested in anything ‘alien’. But he was too…”super”. The new movie, Man of Steel, humanised Superman for me. He became a person. I enjoyed the interpretation of the lore and the rebuilding of an iconic character. I walked out of the theatre needing another movie, though, the one I’m sure millions of fans asked for: Batman vs. Superman.
I don’t want a rehash of the old story, I want the new Batman squaring off against the new Superman. The confrontation has to fit both the old and new universes, however. And it has to make sense. Yeah, I’m not asking for a lot. But, just imagine it. It would be the ultimate superhero movie. Really.
Yes, I realise we’ve already had The Avengers, and that was cool and all. But this is the other side of the superhero spectrum. These are different men. Arguably, their origins are darker and grittier. A battle between them needn’t be set against an apocalypse. Though, given how much was destroyed in Man of Steel, any new movie under the direction of Zach Snyder will feature a battle of apocalyptic proportions. I’d like to see something smarter. Something worthy of Batman. So, I’ll ask for one last thing. Can Christopher Nolan be involved as well?
Luckily for me, and those millions of other fans, my dream movie will arrive in 2015. Batman vs. Superman has been officially announced. Now we wait to see if all these elements can be brought together well, and if Batman will prevail.