‘Man of Steel’ Star Wants A Batman/Superman Teamup Movie

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 28th, 2013 at 4:21 pm,

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With the highly-anticipated release of Man of Steel just weeks away, the publicity machine is in overdrive and the rumor mill is in full force. We have featurettes, a new Zod-centric trailer, and an interesting, in-depth interview with director Zack Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan and star Henry Cavill on the deeper themes of their Superman reboot. Plus, there’s already speculation on what else could be in store for a proposed DC cinematic universe.

The bulk of all this attention is turning specifically to a possible Justice League movie. There are broad hints that Man of Steel will somehow launch DC’s movie continuum, and while there are certain problems with notion of a DC superhero team-up, Henry Cavill recently addressed a topic which, for some reason, has not been widely discussed (outside of geek circles like ours, of course): a movie pairing just Superman and Batman.

When asked by SFX about his thoughts on a potential film featuring the World’s Finest, Cavill stated that he found the age-old conflict between the two interesting because:

“…they are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story.”

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It’s clear that Cavill is just stating his personal opinion, since he is in no position to deliver concrete reports on the studio’s development plans, soon-to-be-major-star or not. He goes on to say: “I’m sure there’s all sorts of ideas being thrown around at Warner Bros right now.”

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of a Batman/Superman movie. Beyond the speculation from a year ago, Wolfgang Petersen was set to make Batman vs. Superman prior to Christopher Nolan’s 2005 Batman Begins, and of course there’s the famous screenshot from I Am Legend, which was set in the near-future:

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What a tease.

All the Justice League conversations appear to boil down to one major issue with launching this shared DC universe: there are too many characters to introduce in one movie alone. Marvel wisely took their time with solo-superhero movies, patiently (or not-so-patiently) teasing the eventual, inevitable, team-up in The Avengers. The idea of using Superman and Batman to set up DC’s world might just be the way to go… and Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov has already teased the possibility of this kind of thing: “What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.”

Audiences are already loudly wondering when we’ll see a new incarnation of Batman, and with Man of Steel likely to include some Easter eggs pertaining to DC’s universe, why not let these two go to eyeball to eyeball? Batman and Superman have always mirrored each other, and pairing them for one film might just be an ideal way to apply a common tone to future DC movies, bridging the lived-in realism of Nolan’s entries with the intergalactic sweep of much of the rest of the comic book universe.

While this is all just speculation, Warner Bros. might be more inclined to re-visit the concept if their star brings it up. They’re sure to have their own development track, but this feels like a good time to at least consider the idea.

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Man of Steel opens on June 14, 2013.

Source: SFX

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  1. I think that they should do a green lantern movie next with jonathan nolan and goyer writting the script. Because, he is the most interesting caracter in justice league after Batman and Superman.

    • I would love to see some team ups. Flash/Green Lantern, Batman/Superman, Batman/Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter/Hawkman, Wonder Woman/Aquaman, are just a few. The sky is the limit.

      • Maybe that’s the formula WB should approach. Marvel didn’t do it so, so it would look very original.

  2. I’d much rather see a World’s Finest over the JL. The only reason they’re pushing a justice league movie is to faceoff against Marvel. I think anything with DC movie-wise will be determined once Man of Steel comes out but until then they should take their time and work it out instead of rushing. I’d rather wait 5 years and have it be really awesome than wait 3 and have it suck

  3. I also prefer they do a Batman/Superman movie rather than a Justice League movie at this time. They can use that movie to reboot Batman and do a sequel to Man of Steel at the same time. That said, I do want DC to follow Marvel in a couple of ways. First, have a plan. Marvel has been running strong ever since Iron Man in ’08. They have been executing their plans so well that the Incredible Hulk not doing well enough at the box office for a sequel, losing actors here and there has not managed to break their stride. In fact, if anything, they have been better off. Second, expand their universe. Green Lantern unfortunately was a disaster but I feel this was because they put none of the effort and dedication into that movie that they did with the Dark Knight Trilogy and seemingly this Man of Steel movie. They need to work with these characters the same way they work with Batman and Superman. Marvel on other hand has done Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers with all but one getting sequels. In the future, there’s going to be Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, they’re even working on a script for Ms. Marvel. If Marvel can do a Guardians of the Galaxy movie let alone Ant-man, surely DC can do one of their characters not named Batman and Superman. Wonder Woman for instance, isn’t tricky, no more than Thor was. As Snyder said, “we weren’t apologizing for Superman, which I feel happened in the past. It’s Superman, for God’s sake. He’s a thing to be celebrated.” Wonder Woman, Flash, all of them need to be made with the same approach.

  4. I think if they get Christian Bale, and they have the new guy that plays Superman. I forget his name.. Damn, but I’m sure I will remember his name after I see Man of Steel, which I’m looking forward to!

    I think both those actors have presence and will ultimately have a special connection with fans toward their respective characters. It would make for an awesome movie!

    Justice League can wait. If DC was smart, they will do Worlds Finest first. Milk that Bat-Man/Super-Man team-up. Two of the top icons in Comic book history together in one major motion picture! It’s a win win.

    Then we get Justice League. If you do the other way around. People will have already seen Bat-Man and Super-Man together it won’t have the same allure, ’cause it’s been done already!

    I say Worlds Finest first!!!!!!

  5. why would i want to have batman help me ,he’s just a human, how can it work, just say we’re needed in australia i can get there in seconds,by the time batman gets there it will all be over. when you see the action scenes in mos,superhumans hitting each other with trains trucks and buildings ,you’ll have to think how can batman fit in, isnt batman like a james bond type character, with the gadgets, but with a more flamboyant suit. i just think batman should stay in his own universe, putting characters together for the sake of it to get one up on another franchaise is a big mistake to me, also the avengers was an awful film it only sold tickets due to curiosity to see the marvels all together. I would rather see well made movies

    • First of all who would want to save Australia? Fosters beer sucks and the last thing they contributed to society was Crocodile Dundee.

      Second why do you assume I want to be teamed up with you? I might be human but at least I don’t have a super key weakness that everyone knows of.

      You’re an alien who doesn’t even belong on this planet. I’m a billionaire playboy that makes your momma wet. Go back to krypton ya bum. Get off my planet.

      • I love you Batman! My son has a small wee wee.

      • My son is a little whiney bi**h. There’s a lot of ways you can make a superhero movie work with batman as a human and superman as a superhero. Batman doesn’t need to get hit by trains to make it work. Son, stop watching power rangers and grow some testicles.

      • ha ha you bat fan boys, or is that batty boys. one key super weakness, how many do you have the same as anyone about a million or so, so not really an argument. look dont take it to heart its just an opinion

  6. The Zod trailer is by far the best movie trailer of this year. Can’t wait for June.

  7. They should make individuals to introduce, then worlds finest and that will open the door for a team type ,movie.

  8. Hold on right there. Who’s Batman is he referring to? Certainly not Nolan’s Batman?

  9. This seems like a better film to compete with Avengers 2 than Justice League at this point.

  10. Superman and Batman. Awesome!
    I could direct thw movie, seeing as everyone wants a more comic book movie than a realistic movie — LOL.

  11. MAN OF STEEL will make Over $1 BiLLiON Dollars Worldwide, Henry Cavill is a Great Actor & Amy Adams is a Multi-Oscar-Nominated-Actress & Very Beautiful Plus Multi-Oscar-Nominated: C-NOLAN is The Writer & Producer, i think The New Suit Looks Great & Much Better than The Old Light Blue Suit that Looked Like a SMURF & with The OutSide UnderWear was Real Bad, i Will See MAN OF STEEL in 3D.

  12. so… I Am Legend basically told us.. this film is set (I Am Legend) is set in 2015…….

    boom goes the ultimate dynamite.