For a movie that will not be released until May of 2016, the much-anticipated sequel to Man of Steel seems to be making headlines each and every day. With the release of the film’s official title to the public last week, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been a top talking point on blogs, news outlets, and podcasts across the comic book community.
Not surprisingly, one of those podcasts included Kevin Smith’s very own in which he touched upon what he thought of the name and where he sees the franchise going in the future.
“[The title’s] a bit of a mouthful. And also, I don’t know why Batman V. Superman. Why not just throw the “s” in there? Or spell it or something like that. Or honestly, every comic book fan on the planet, who is a DC comic book fan, I think we all wanted to see Batman/Superman: World’s Finest.”
While I completely agree with Smith’s suggestion that most fans, including myself, would have liked a movie named “World’s Finest”, I think I may be able to shed some light on the “v” controversy.
For the title of the film, the “v” is taking on dual meaning. In general, it will probably be a movie that literally pits Batman against Superman…at least for the first hour or so. Alternatively, though, this is how we see court cases written in the legal world — such as, Brown v. Board of Ed., Roe v. Wade, etc.
This leads us to believe that maybe this isn’t as much of a physical “versus” but more of an ideological fight between the two most famous superheroes. In Man of Steel, Superman negligently had a hand in destroying America’s greatest fictional city, Metropolis. Bruce Wayne, may be taking legal action against him in his efforts to help Lex Luthor rebuild the city.
From the comments I’ve been reading regarding the movie, it doesn’t seem like many fans want to see the two heroes physically pitted against each other; rather, we want a movie that introduces us to one of the greatest bromances in American pop culture. If this is the case, then entire “versus” thing could ultimately be a classic red herring to deter us fans from anticipating what’s in site for the World’s Finest.
No matter how they intend to introduce the two foundation characters, Smith claims to also have an idea as to how they plan on building the massive universe.
“But look, they’re obviously beginning something, and there’s a stretch of these flick, and so this is the beginning of the Justice League, as we all suspected as they were announcing that cast. We were like, ‘This is the beginning of a Justice League movie.’ From what I understand now, it’s no longer like, ‘This is Superman 2.’ They’re not doing these things. They’re doing like, ‘Here’s Man of Steel. Here’s Batman/Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ The next one is not like a sequel to one of the characters. They’re just going to keep building their universe for about five or six movies. But all of them… it’s supposed to tell one massive story, which is all Justice League oriented”.
This is an extremely intriguing suggestion which would allow DC to go about their universe in a much different way direction how Marvel/Disney has built their own. With several movies spanning one giant story arc, WB and DC can set us up for an epic anthology that could potentially include adaptations of Superman: Doomsday or, more likely, Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.
Here is a potential breakdown of what the first few years of the DCCU could end up looking like.
(note: substitute Justice League for Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman)
According to this image, and what Smith said above, instead of multiple solo movies building towards a big team-up film, DC will opt to cover an overarching storyline throughout the franchise– much like the Star Wars anthology, for example.
While I admire the way Marvel/Disney has constructed their cinematic universe, I think that this is a good idea for WB/DC that can bring a fresh take on the relationship between the movies within the universe. At the end of it all, it sets up for a much more epic franchise, if done correctly.