Batman v Superman is just around the corner, and the pre-order tickets sale have been piling up in its wake. But what exactly can fans of Superman expect when this follow up comes out as an indirect sequel to the 2013 hit film Man of Steel?
To shed a little light on the Superman character, Collider summed it up quite nicely by taking the predecessor in the right perspective. Historically, Superman is a man who loves the world and the human race. He has long been considered a man who is above politics and corruption and only seeks the well-being of the people as the force that guides him through his battles.
But in Man of Steel, Superman made the one error that he was never supposed to make. During his battle with General Zod, he let it play out in a heavily populated and highly visible arena – Metropolis.
So therein lies the main theme for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The movie is not abut Batman hating Superman, or even about Superman hating Batman. To give some real life perspective, it is kind of like an arms race. A nuclear deterrent, if you will. But in the case of Batman v Superman, it is Superman that holds the nuclear weapon, and it is up to Batman to make sure his power is in check.
Fans of the DC Comic characters know all to well that Superman could easily wipe out Batman – or even the world if he chose to. So, what better way for Batman to fight his future ally than to find his greatest weakness, which is Kryptonite?
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In Batman v Superman, it is Batman who is the older and wiser superhero. Superman is still a young man, and he is learning about what he needs to do in order to fight, defend, and protect the people he wages battles for. It is, after all, pointless for Superman to rise up against and destroy an enemy only to kill the people he was trying to protect in the first place.
In that regard, Batman is poised to walk into the story as both the ruthless aggressor and the role model for the powerful Superman. It is Batman’s job to either show him that there is a better way or to take him out of the equation altogether. One way or another, he is going to accomplish his mission.
Star Henry Cavill (Superman/Clark Kent) also seemed to agree on that point, especially in regards to who Superman is at this point in the story, when he spoke with Entertainment Weekly.
“For me, when it came on to Superman’s weakness, it’s inside him,” Cavill told EW. “It’s the fact that he does really love humans. He loves what they bring to the world, he loves this planet and who he lives alongside, and he wants to really, really help them.”
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But according to Henry Cavill, Kryptonite is not Superman’s only weakness. Cavill described the character as a person (alien) who wears his heart on his sleeve. That could potentially leave him vulnerable and possibly leave other people’s lives in peril should he be manipulated by the wrong person.
“He doesn’t want to scare anyone, and in that you can take advantage of him. It makes it very easy to take advantage of him,” Cavill said. “This is someone who is a complete amateur, and he’s facing up against someone who is very well versed in the arts of war.”
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That seems to be well suited for the Superman character, whose biggest nemesis has always been the evil genius, Lex Luthor. So maybe Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t about the battle at all. Rather, it could be about Batman coming in to save Superman from himself. Maybe to take away his naïve view of mankind and show him there is more evil in the world than he can imagine.
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