Will Batman VS Superman fail as a movie? That’s the allegation being made by some critics who feel that this advent of all the major characters in the DC Comics universe is setting itself up to trip over its own cape.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Daniel Radcliffe would like to play as Robin to Ben Affleck’s Batman in the rumored The Batman movie being set for 2019.
Now Batman VS Superman is set for releasing in 2016 and will star Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Jesse Eisenberg, among others. The fact that I just had to list off so many names is part of the problem, according to the Motley Fool, who points out how superhero movies that get too complicated tend to not succeed as much as the originals:
“Sony tossed Electro, Green Goblin, and Rhino together in the 142-minute long battle royale known as The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Yet more characters did not generate greater returns — The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actually earned less globally ($702 million) than the original film ($758 million), and fared worse with critics (73% vs. 53% at Rotten Tomatoes). The key problem is that since studios believe that sequels always must be bigger than their predecessors, franchises often burn out within three or four films. If Dawn of Justice is as crowded as reports suggest, it could ruin the series and crush Warner’s dreams of creating a DC Cinematic Universe to rival Marvel’s.”
They also point out how Time Warner is tossing in Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Nightwing, and Aquaman, among others, without having a movie-based backstory. By contrast, Marvel movies featured all of the Avengers separately before the The Avengers movie ever came out. In addition, they question whether the combination of writer David S. Goyer and director Zack Snyder will make for a good movie that comic book fans can enjoy without fearing their favorite characters will be modified in a noticeable manner (Superman snapping a villain’s neck comes to mind).
While all of those are good points, it seems the name Batman VS Superman itself would tell us that the focus will be on recently re-established characters. Assuming that Christopher Nolan’s vision for Batman is abandoned completely, the only background we have to deal with is Man Of Steel, which did not have Lex Luthor at all except for easter eggs. Since we know Luthor is in the new movie it seems likely that he will manipulate the two heroes to butt heads.
The other supporting characters are likely to be there to try and stop the coming showdown. But, specifically, the other characters need to be there since they will set up the backdrop for the Justice League movie, which is said to be releasing one year after Batman VS Superman in 2017. By the time the credits role I suspect all the superheroes will come to the realization that they need an organization to which all the heroes belong to in order to keep themselves, and the world, in check.