In an overwhelmingly divisive year, there may have been no issue more reflective of this amongst fans than the response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. One of the complaints against the film was that the two heroes’ motivations for fighting (and for resolving their fight) wasn’t fleshed out in the most reasonable method. Nonetheless, it makes perfect sense that the two would rub each other the wrong way. The Man of Steel’s often sunshiny and casually overpowered acts of heroism are a far cry from the moody, self-disciplined intensity of Batman’s war on crime. With polar opposite attitudes and approaches, it’s a wonder they ever got along well enough to form the Justice League.
With Superman allegedly deceased at the end of BvS, Batman and Wonder Woman actively begin recruiting all available meta-humans to handle the inevitable, overwhelming threats that are sure to come in the sequels. The Comic-Con teaser trailer for Justice League shows Batman already hard at work, assembling Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg into a team that will reportedly battle the villain Steppenwolf.
Total Film recently talked to Henry Cavill about his miraculous revival for the events of Justice League, and it sounds like he and Batman won’t have completely put their differences behind them. “There’s pretty much an argument between him and Batman as to who is the leader,” said Cavill.
Whether this conflict is tongue-in-cheek banter or as deadly serious as most things in the DCEU is still uncertain. Considering Batman and Wonder Woman went through all the trouble of assembling the team in the first place, it seems presumptuous of Superman to even joke about hijacking the organization. He will, at the very least, be fashionably late in joining. Though considering the numerous examples of poor judgment Batman illustrated over a short span of time, it’s possible Superman would argue he’s unfit to lead.
Obviously, this is a moot point. Wonder Woman is clearly the only Justice Leaguer with any real combat leadership experience (decades, in fact). Also, based just on the events of BvS, she has a vastly more even temper than either of the DCEU’s leading men. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time a far more qualified woman was passed over for a leadership position to favor a man.
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