Spider-Man and Batman may never face off on the big screen, but a new fan-made trailer shows how it might happen if they did. These titans are two of the most famous comic book characters of all time -- and some of the most adapted. Batman has had a huge number of live-action adaptations, from Adam West's TV series in the '60s, through the Dark Knight trilogy, all the way to the current incarnation of Gotham's protector, Ben Affleck in the DCEU. Spider-Man may have spent a little less time on screen, but does have two franchises behind him as well as his recent addition to the MCU (played by Tom Holland).
Now, Holland is about to get his first solo outing as the web-slinger in Spider-Man: Homecoming, while Affleck also has a Batman movie in the works. But what would it be like if these two cinematic universes crossed over? Comic fans love to imagine what it would look like if heroes from different worlds met, and now there's a live-action trailer showing one version of a Spidey vs. Bats throwdown.
The video was created by Alex Luthor, a YouTuber who specializes in creating superhero mashup trailers. This latest addition to his channel is titled Spider-Man VS Batman Epic Battle Fan Trailer, and clocks in at just over five minutes (including a sneak peek at his next project). It imagines a movie where multiple Batman and Spider-Man movie universes collide, bringing together three Spideys and as many Batmen for a single massive battle.
The trailer begins with Spider-Man and Batman facing off, before the voiceovers explains the multiverse concept and Ben Affleck flicks the switch on a machine that brings them all together. It's a great way to explain how all these heroes have come together (in a way that probably wouldn't ever happen on the big screen, although Marvel and DC comics have done crossovers in the past). At the end of the showdown, neither Bat nor Spider is a clear winner, and there are actually some new threats, as Spider-Man is hit with the Venom symbiote, and not one, but three Jokers get together (Heath Ledger, Jared Leto, and Jack Nicholson).
The trailer is a whole lot of fun, and the scenes are cut together wonderfully -- especially the fight scenes themselves, where the scene choices made really help the viewer to feel like Batman and Spider-Man are actually duking it out. The inclusion of an explanation for the battle is a great concept as well, and something that a lot of fan-made superhero battle videos don't bother with. The trailer also ends with the promise of another epic battle to come -- Thor (Chris Hemsworth) vs. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot).
Source: Alex Luthor
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
- The Batman release date: Nov 19, 2018