It must be hell to be the producers of this movie right now! First there are the weird casting choices, which are causing dismay among fans and drawing heavy fan criticism. Then there's the pushing back of the release date, which we're all hoping turns out for the best. Let's be honest though: given the recent official statements from the producers, it's not exactly going well for Zack Snyder's as yet untitled Man of Steel Sequel.
Weeks ago, actor Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor. Say what you want about this choice, for me it's just seems weird. That said, at least the movie now has a villain. Knowing the character of Lex, and reading between the lines of the reports about how he will be portrayed, it seems likely that he will be the type of villain to act behind the scenes. He may possess armour capable of withstanding anything Superman and Batman (and probably Wonder Woman) can throw at him. But I'm sure he won't be throwing the first punch!
Instead it's being suggested that Lex Luthor will play a role similar to that of Darth Sidious in Star Wars. In short, Darth Sidious tasks Darth Vader with all his dirty physical $#@%! If we assume this will be the model for the Batman vs Superman villains, we should take a closer look at who Lex Luthor's 'muscle' mght be!
So, here's my top 5 choices for the villain who will go toe-to-toe with Batman and Superman.
At number 5 we have probably the largest crime organization in Metropolis, Intergang. Intergang was run by various crime lords at different times, and the nefarious organisation is armed with intergalactic weaponry and technology which has at times proven near-lethal to the Man of Steel himself. If the rumors are true that this film will be tied in to the upcoming Justice League film, it makes sense for Intergang to have a major role.
4. Poison Ivy
Portrayed as DC's most prominent eco-terrorist, Poison Ivy's seductive name and appearance is the definition of 'toxic' for the Dark Knight. That said, there's also a reason she's the only Bat-villain on this list. Back in the Batman storyline 'Hush', Poison Ivy was responsible for the hypnotizing Superman, causing him to run some errands against Batman. It comes complete with this popular panel taken from the graphic novel, which is the weapon of all Batman vs Superman fans. At least until Superman fans points out Batman's thoughts, on the very same panel, why he can't win against Superman. But Batman fans are too blinded to even notice them!
Also, Poison Ivy was forced to worked with Lex Luthor way back in the first episode of the fifth season of The Batman, which features the first meeting of both Superman and Batman from that universe. In that story arc, Luthor uses Ivy's mind-controlling spoers, lacing them with Kryptonite, and unleashes them on Superman. It's possible, then, that Luthor could use Superman for his megalomaniac schemes (namely, world domination and killing Batman and Robin).
If Snyder wanted, he can use these tropes for the film. Alternatively, he could come up with something original. Besides, isn't it about time someone make up for this atrocity?
Whether he is Lex Luthor's failed experiment, or Emperor Joker's pet, Bizarro has always been Superman's imperfect clone. In the many storylines in which he has featured, Bizarro has always been portrayed as a misunderstood creature. He envy's Superman's 'Superhero', aspiring to be the hero himself, he always intends to do his best to help others, but ends up doing the opposite in reality. He's still a being with 'feelings', but the only place he could ever have in this world is as a villain.
My only concern with this choice is that we already have an aggressive character with similar powers who went up against Superman: General Zod. The only real difference between them is that Zod isn't dumb and disfigured like Bizarro. If this direction is chosen, I suggest going with H'El. He's generally supposed to be Bizarro's counterpart in the New 52, only ending up as an original character. Not only has he the same powers as Superman, but he also has additional firepowers of his own acquired during his space explorations. All this said, this seems like too easy and too obvious a choice. And to date, this this movie hasn't exactly developed in a logical, simple way!
This seems like a no-brainer. Why? What's more evil than a robot with a chunk of Kryptonite, that one space rock that could kill Superman, as a heart?
Whether he's an ex-con, ex-military or just a journalist, John Corben always had an obsession for attentiveness, especially regarding his crush on Lois Lane. He may be an easy choice, but he's unquestionably a formidable foe for both Superman and Batman. Check out the video below and you'll see what I'm talking about.
But like I said, perhaps Metallo is too obvious a choice. Which is why I have another character in mind for the number 1 spot.
Parasite vanquishes his foes by greedily feeding on their physical energy, stealing it and absorbing it into his own body. Because of the massive danger he poses to anyone he comes into contact with, most of his time is spent imprisoned in Stryker's Island Penitentiary.
The name was assumed by many individuals. The most well known among them is Rudy Jones. In the famous TV series 'Superman: The Animated Series', he was portrayed as a janitor at S.T.A.R. Labs who was trying to steal chemicals. After an accident, the stolen chemicals transform him into a Parasite. He then blames his fellow criminals for the accident and uses his new found powers against them, only for Superman to thwart his plans.
He doesn't really want to be the villain, he only wanted justice and revenge for his fate, but in the end, he didn't really had any choice at all. This story line is a big opportunity for Zack Snyder. Take a Superman villain with very little substance to him and enhance his character on the big screen. Not only would this give the character major exposure, but also it would highlight other lesser-known Superman villains. If done correctly, Parasite could be a really cool villain for both Superman and Batman. To this end, I recommend reading 'Superman: Earth One Volume 2' for inspiration. Interestingly, Rudy Jones' transformation was plotted by Darkseid himself. So, if they really, really want Darkseid to be the villain for Justice League, then Parasite can be a great instrument for a tie-in. Use him as 'weapon' between Luthor and the Intergang, or whatever. Parasite represents too good an opportunity for Snyder to spurn!
Special Mention: Wonder Woman
Everyone seems worried by the casting of pretty-but-skinny model and actress Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. With her track record, this worry is not misplaced. But let's give her the benefit of the doubt. Besides, it's not her casting about we should be worried: rather, it's Wonder Woman's role in the film more generally which is worrying.
She could be a villain for many reasons. First, Wonder Woman will play Lex Luthor (and possibly Bruce Wayne)'s corporate-sponsored-superhero and a political envoy. In this sense, instead of having a failed experiment like Bizarro, or a superhero made from scratch like Hope from 'Lex Luthor: Man of Steel', instead we'll have an Amazon princess present in a 'Man's World' in which Luthor will promote her as the 'ideal' Superhero. She will eventually be tricked to believe that Superman and Batman are the enemies. Alternatively, she could be mind-controlled via Poison Ivy's mind-control spores. Instead of doing it Superman, Luthor could do it to Wonder Woman!
What do you think of my choices? Anyone else you have in mind?
Who do you think should be the villain with Lex Luthor?
Sources: DC Comics Database
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