Anyone who knows me knows exactly how excited I am to see Batman and Superman on screen together for the first time. Historically, I've shown great levels of favoritism toward Marvel Comics, due mainly to the fact that I saw Spider-Man at such a young age, leading to a near-obsession with the character. When I first saw The Dark Knight, however, I thought to myself "Marvel will never make a comic book movie as good as this".Then The Avengers came along, and my Marvel obsession kicked right back in. Now, however, there is only one comic book property that I cannot stop thinking about. Since watching Harry Lennix deliver that iconic line from Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" over a thousand times on YouTube, I cannot wait to finally see a movie called Batman vs Superman. Even still, my mind wanders, as it so often does. When can I see a movie version of "The Dark Knight Returns"? And then, everything got very hypothetical. My mind wandered to a place I've long wanted to go. Suddenly, the archetypal movie trailer voice said to me "This Summer. Prepare. For The Return. Of an Icon. *Massive explosions and such* From Director Tim Burton. Michael Keaton. Christopher Reeve. And suddenly we hear Keaton's solemn whisper.
"I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come. In all your most private moments. I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you."
THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS
And I thought "HOLY SHIT!!!! I'd watch that movie every day for the rest of my life!!!!!!!" If Christopher Reeve, God rest his soul, were alive and walking, there is nothing I'd love more than to see him square off with Michael Keaton. Reeve's Superman and Keaton's Batman just seem like two men who would despise each other's code of conduct. Superman, the most iconic good guy of all time. Full trust of the US Government on his side. People adore him. And Batman, a dark creature of the night that people can never understand. Weary of hiding from the law he swore to protect, suddenly forced to spring back into action when they ultimately fail. How powerful, then, would it be to hear Keaton say
You sold us out, Clark. You gave them the power that should have been ours. Just like your parents taught you. My parents taught me a different lesson... lying on this street... shaking in deep shock... dying for no reason at all. They showed me that the world only makes sense when you force it to.
Or to hear Reeve say
But alas, this can never happen. Now matter how geeky I get about it, now matter how many times I fantasize about this film, it will never get made. Not the way I just described. So to Mr. Snyder, Mr. Goyer, Mr. Cavill, and Mr. Affleck, I implore you. Make the best movie you possibly can. Shoehorn a few quotes from this story in the film if possible, but just give us the movie we have been dying to see. Make it even better than I could possibly imagine.
They'll kill us if they can, Bruce. Every year they grow smaller. Every year they hate us more. We must not remind them that giants walk the earth.