Is BATMAN V SUPERMAN a JUSTICE LEAGUE prequel?
It’s official, the Man Of Steel sequel is Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice. We at Agents Of Geek could not be more torn. On the one hand, wow we finally have a title for a movie that a lot of us having been waiting for for a very long time. On the other hand however we have a title that has several statements that are pretty ominous. I’ll get into all this in great detail but I just want to get this little rant out of the way beforehand. We have a title for a Batman and Superman feature film everybody, a Batman and Superman movie exists, let that sink in. We made it, rejoice and remember these two legends, these two parallel forces that defined our childhood are together on the big screen, so remember that and be happy. That is my little rant over now so onto the main topic of Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice.
Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice, quite the mouthful isn’t it? Warner Bros. seems to be following the trend of all comic book movies lately. Give the plot details ambiguously in the title. There have been many examples in the past year alone: Captain America The Winter Soldier, Thor The Dark World, with more to come, like Avengers Age Of Ultron. Just call it Batman v Superman, simple and straightforward.
In the age we live in, sequels dominate the cinema. With every sequel potentially setting up another movie you are always on the look out for hints to the plot in the movie and where is it easiest to find than the title. I have a similar gripe with the title, but with one major difference, don’t call it Batman vs Superman Dawn Of Justice, play to your audience and call it “Batman vs. Superman World’s Finest.” This title would resonate with not just the comic book fans but also the fans of the early 90s cartoons which had a famous crossover episode called “World’s Finest.” The episode was an instant hit and the movie could really use it as a way to hit that nostalgia spot that can work so well.
Another problem with the title is that it leads you to believe that it is simply just a set up for the Justice League movie. It should not be a set up for another movie especially for these two characters, it just hurts. The biggest problem is a problem a lot of people have not only with the title but also with the way the movie is being structured. Man Of Steel, whether you loved it or hated it set up a fascinating sequel. With all the property damage and loss of life Superman was going to be the sentinel to a world that fears him and respects in equal measure. That would have been an interesting dynamic to play up to then introduce Lex as a kind of agitator against Superman and you have an unusual but interesting superhero movie. Introducing Batman into the mix as a physical challenge was perfect because Batman is an excellent challenge for Superman to overcome. They better each other through their mutual animosity. Now unfortunately we have a Justice League set up movie with Superman in a severely diminished role because the following characters have to have screen time, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Batman and the tentatively teased villains in some of the Twitter photos.
Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice should have simply been called “Superman Man Of Tomorrow,” it should have focused solely on Superman dealing with humanities reaction to Metropolis’ destruction, with Batman in an antagonistic role that would later evolve into a begrudging partnership against Lex. Instead we have yet another movie setting up a potential franchise. Superman and Batman deserve better, we deserve better. In the end though this was just an article to get across how high my expectations were for this sequel, I loved Man Of Steel and if I am wrong about this I will be so happy. Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice isn’t the title we want or the title we deserve, but at the end of the day it is just a title.