Next year, the DC Cinematic Universe gets underway. Hitting theaters next spring is the none other then the highly anticipated blockbuster-Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. The film will mark the first time that the Man of Steel has shared the sliver screen with the Dark Knight. While we are still 10 months away til the blockbuster hits theaters, there is still much we do not know about Dawn of Justice. However hitting the web today was the official synopsis to Batman vs Superman; and reading the paragraph, the story to Dawn of Justice goes as expected.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
While many readers will take away the part about there being a mysterious threat, I could not help but see the emphasis on Batman and Superman going to war with one another. Yes this is film called Batman vs Superman. It seems pretty clear that these two superhero will be fighting each other. Yet perhaps defining that the two heroes will be clashing may be uncomfortable for some. In fact (unless I am mistaken) this issue goes back since the movie was first announced. Fans took great offence at the fact that this would be a film about Superman fighting Batman. I cannot say the argument is without reason as the two character are suppose be heroes that people can get behind. Then again, they may also be concerned that the story will resemble too much of Frank Miller's iconic story, The Dark Knight Returns; but that is another matter. The fact of the matter is that come March 2016, Superman goes one on one with Batman; but is that a bad thing?
When thinking about this matter, the idea of Batman facing Superman is not as far fetched as some may imagine. Yes the tone and ideas presented in the movie may resemble other sources, but the concept of these two heroes duking it out is not without reason. In a scenario where Batman meets Superman for the first time, the two would undoubtedly butt heads. We are dealing with two characters who have separate perspective on the idea of justice and how these heroes go about fighting crime. It is not uncommon for these two character to be at odds with one another. A cased point is when the heroes met in Superman: The Animated Series. Granted in that arc it did not take long for Batman and Superman to come to terms with each other, but that was a different situation.
According to the film's synopsis, Batman's issue with Superman is the fact that the Dark Knight fears what the Man of Steel is capable of. Yes Superman means well, but if he went rogue, who could stop him? That seems to be the concern for Batman and it is one that does fit the character. In several stories, Batman has been one to calculate worst case scenarios. In the story Justice League: Babel, Batman created contingency plans to stop the Justice League if the team ever turned evil. Though in Dawn of Justice, the Dark Knight may not have a plan to stop Superman; but Batman is still taking action and this mentality should be a complex element for both the Dark Knight and the overall story.
It may seem strange but Batman and Superman opposing each other can actually be beneficial to both characters. The issues between the two could develop into a respect between the heroes, and eventually this understanding would lead to a friendship that defines both Superman as well as Batman. It is still up in the air whether or not this direction will be taken in Dawn of Justice, but I have a good feeling that it will. It certainly would not make a whole lot of sense if Batman and Superman were not on the same page come time for Justice League Part One.
It is obvious to anyone that Superman will fight Batman in this upcoming film. Yet just because the two heroes will start off as enemies does not mean that this direction cannot be effective. The synopsis put these two characters in plausible scenario and the conflict between the characters could lead to greater things down the road. So while it may seem strange to some fans and moviegoers but the fact is that Batman needs to face Superman; not only for the sake a cool cinematic moment, but also for the sake of the DC Cinematic Universe.
[Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) hits theaters on March 25, 2016.