ByNick Steinle, writer at
Nick Steinle

I loved "Man of Steel", and when it was announced that Batman was going to be in the sequel, I was incredibly excited, as many of you were. But the more I hear about it, the more skeptical and worried I get about it. And I'm not just blowing smoke; I have a little evidence to support my claim.

The first thing is the way it was announced. Harry Lennix came out in during the Comic Con panel and read this quote from Frank Miller's graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns".

"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."

And then the Batman logo appears behind the Superman symbol and everyone flips out. That gave me chills the first time I saw it. And I got super excited.

But then I thought about the quote they chose to read. Why that specific one? Because if you've read "The Dark Knight Returns," you know it's not the most accurate portrayal of Superman. Some might say it's the exact reverse opposite of Superman. And that quote is said by Bruce Wayne when he takes down Superman near the ending of the comic.

And then I began to think more about it. And as more news came out, the more I began to think that this isn't a Superman movie anymore. If they're going to include Batman, Wonder Woman, and now rumors of THE FLASH, you know exactly what Warner Brothers is doing.

They're trying to compete with Marvel.

Uncharted territory! Yes, I'm going there. And I would have no problem if they were doing it, you know, correctly. But they're trying to get it out as fast as possible, and this new Superman movie is going to be that first step.

If you're a fan of DC, you want to see Clark Kent working at the Daily Planet, you want to see his relationship develop further with Lois Lane, but if they do that, The Justice League movie, set to release in 2017, is going to suck. If they want it to be good, that means in this movie, they have to develop Superman further, AND develop Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash well in the exact same movie. Batman needs his own movie. Wonder Woman needs her own movie. The Flash really needs his own movie.

Then I heard there are rumors DC is planning a Wonder Woman and Flash movie after "Batman vs. Superman". If that's true, why do we need those characters in the Man of Steel sequel?! With Batman, I do think introducing the new one in the Man of Steel sequel is the best way to go about it, because The Dark Knight Trilogy just ended. But do you realize that Rocket Racoon from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be in a big budget Hollywood movie before The Flash? Jesus.

Rocket Racoon

Rocket Racoon

But if they want to develop their new Batman in "Batman vs. Superman," a lot of Clark Kent/Superman scenes are going to be missing that I think a sequel desperately needs. And now, having Wonder Woman and The Flash in it is honestly just a desperate grab for money. The reason we all loved The Avengers is because we've been with those characters and we had grown to love those characters, and seeing them together fighting was just a nerdgasm of epic proportions. But if they shove all these heroes into these movies for money, when The Justice League movie comes out, we're not going to care about the characters, because we'd barely know anything about them!

You cannot develop Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and their real-life personas in the same movie without it being a complete mess. Also because anyone who loved "Man of Steel" like I did wants to see Clark Kent and Superman more than any of these other characters. And what about Green Lantern? Aquaman? Cyborg? All characters who need their own movies before they're put together. I think they should just put Marvel's success and their movies out of their time and focus on developing their own characters well and stop worrying about money.

I think "Superman vs. Batman" shouldn't have Wonder Woman, shouldn't have The Flash, should have a fair amount of Batman, a small amount of Bruce Wayne, Lex Luthor, and of course, Superman. They need to take the focus off the success of Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, and have respect for the fans, themselves, and their characters. Because with that quote, you can tell they want to have Batman take down Superman at some point in the movie, because Batman made them a billion dollars, and Superman has only made them a few hundred million. They want Batman to be in the movie more to make them more money, and they're losing focus on what a Superman movie should have: Superman.


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