BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: Why It Will & Won’t Work

Shah Shahid

Cinephile. Bollywood Connoisseur. Attempted Writer & Editor at Host of Split Screen Podcast (@splitscreen_pod). Member of the Twitterati @theshahshahid. Diagnosed w ADH– look a dust bunny!

17 Responses

  1. Bubbawheat says:

    Cautiously optimistic has been my word of choice all through this summer it seems, and will continue to be so into the future. I see things that cause me to worry, and yet things that cause me to be excited. At this point, it’s too early to tell but I have a good feeling that I’ll be seeing that one in theaters, unless the trailers make it look like crap, which I doubt.

    • Shah Shahid says:

      Well there’s some movies that I’m right out of the gate excited for. The execution and writing upon release is what’s always to be determined. Whereas with this one, there’s so many hurdles from inception alone, that the Writing & Directing needs to be miraculous to be able to successfully pull it off. And even then, there’s going to be aspects of the story that won’t completely gel with everything else.

      I guess we’ll see what happens. Thanks for the comment Bubba…

  2. Victor De Leon says:

    Great job, Shah and a very good read. I want to re-iterate what Bubbawheat brought up and of course it is too soon to tell which direction this is all going in. I feel that you brought up some really great points especially about the re -introduction of Batman ( with Supes thrown in too ) so soon after the vents that concluded in Nolanverse. I feel if they continue with a new actor and a new direction and proceed with the assumption that we all know the origins and places of these characters it would be a wise decision. We are all so familiar with all of these guys and even those who are not comic book fans are friends of comic book fans. Hell, my own daughter knows about these heroes and she avoids superhero books like the plague. Let’s just get a super hero team up movie done nice and simple with a fresh idea and some fresh execution. DC has their work cut out for them. Once again, great work, Shah! Thanks for alerting me to your post! – Vic

    • Great read. Whoever dons the cape and cowl next has to be a brave man and has to be prepared for a lot of criticism and comparison since the Dark Knight Trilogy is still fresh in everyone’s minds (and still will be in 2015). I also wrote a post expressing a similar opinion of concern. What it comes down to for me is that Superman and Batman are two totally different kinds of stories that don’t mix well on the big screen. Superman is a sci-fi story and Batman is a mystery story. I know there are countless crossovers in the comics and cartoons that are great stories but I just don’t see the two together on the big screen translating well. I can’t imagine Batman fighting aliens and giant robots. Check out my post and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks again for the write-up!


      • Shah Shahid says:

        Thanks for commenting here Darryl. I saw yours and 1-2 others post on this topic, but held off on reading until mine was done. Will definitely check it out and let you know what I thought.

        A lot of the guys in the running now for the new Batman (supposedly) I feel are too old for the role, given the youth required to match Cavill’s and where I see the JLA franchise going. I guess time will tell.

      • Victor De Leon says:

        Thanks for the link! I will give it a read, Darryl!

    • Shah Shahid says:

      Thanks for the comment Vic.

      The way I see it: (this could be another post) Batman should be introduced as a vigilante who’s started operating after the events of MOS, and Superman’s Alien origin was the straw that broke the camel’s back for him in terms of compounding the the existing issues (parents death) he has always had with the crime in the world. So he puts on a cowl, to justify the need for a human crusader, in a world where an alien is heralded a messiah. The ‘VS’ in the title could refer to more idealogical differences than physical confrontation. Eventually of course, culminating in a bro-mance… as usual.

      • Victor De Leon says:

        That would be an interesting approach. So you feel that Batman should become Batman because of Superman? That is a very non-traditional take on the mythos. May work. Never know.

        • Shah Shahid says:

          I might have to do a separate post on this to properly expand on what I mean. Damn you Vic!

          I guess you would need to define when Bruce actually ‘becomes Batman’. In YEAR ONE, he attempted to fight crime without the suit once. The ideals, plans, intention and motivation was all there. Was he Batman already, or did it take the Cowl for him to ‘be’ Batman. In the sense of what Batman symbolizes, more than the literal meaning. Similar to how in MAN OF STEEL, has Clark always been ‘Super’, like saving people around the world, before he ‘became Superman’?

          I would like to see Superman & Batman’s opposing ideals and approach develop, because of their contrary ways of thinking. One guy is too trusting, so the other becomes more untrusting. One guy is all happiness and morality, so the other has to operate in the grey area of ethics. Things like that. I’ll do another post of how Batman can be incorporated into the MOS world. *sighs… lol.

  3. Don’t continue the Nolan Batman, make this Batman the “Batman & Robin” Batman!

  4. I am also cautious but insanely excited, YAY!!!

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