What if I told you that Superman was going to be the one who picks the titular fight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? What if I said he showed up in Gotham to confront Batman at the behest of…Lex Luthor? Well, as wacky as all that sounds, it’s exactly what Devin over at Bad Ass Digest is saying we should expect.
According to his report, the script takes a page out of Frank Miller’s seminal graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, and has Superman come to confront Batman in Gotham. In the book, he comes as a lackey of the President, who is none too pleased that Batman has essentially taken over Gotham. In the film, it’s Lex Luthor pulling the strings, and he convinces Superman that Bats needs to be stopped for reasons that are currently unclear. In the book, it’s Batman who takes the first swing and escalates the confrontation into an epic battle. In the film? Apparently it’s Supes who comes out swinging when he demolishes the Batmobile with one punch.
There’s a great deal about this that’s unknown, which could conceivably make all of this make sense. How does Luthor portray himself that Superman would follow his counsel? Why does Luthor want to stop Batman? What is Ben Affleck’s Batman doing over in Gotham that Superman would possibly feel it’s okay to go confront him this way? Why does Zack Snyder hate us?
Okay, so that last one question doesn’t tie in to this. It’s just a personal question I’ll ask him if I ever get the chance to interview him.
Personally, as much as I value the scoops that Bad Ass Digest gets, this one just sounds too off-the-wall to be real. It’s way too problematic, and if this is the way they want to portray Superman then there’s really nothing here for me to care about anymore. Yet as little faith as I have in Snyder and the creative team over at WB/DC, I have a really hard time believing that this is how it all plays out.
What do YOU think? Is there any way this makes sense? Is this the Superman-Batman dynamic that you’ve always wanted to see on the big screen?
SOURCE: Bad Ass Digest