I’m very skeptical of the next DC movie, Superman vs Batman: Dawn of Justice. Very skeptical.
So far, the movie boasts Superman (this is his backhanded sequel), Batman, and Wonder Woman. There are rumors that Aquaman is also going to be in the movie. However, what’s really going to happen is that the movie is going to be a Batman movie, very much like how all the X-Men movies are really Wolverine movies.
When it comes to the cinema, DC has only two real properties that are truly cinematic. Those two characters are Superman and Batman. Remember that these are superheroes, and as such, they are only as good as the villains they fight. Batman has a few villains that are cinematic, Superman has a few, and that’s where it ends. Who are Wonder Woman’s villains that are powerful enough and interesting enough for her to fight? Who are Aquaman’s? (Will he even be called “Aquaman” in the movie? The name is lame, no?)
Calling the film a Batman movie is really what’s going to happen. Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman have powers, so they’ll have to do something that they always do: they’ll have to defer to Batman’s superior intellect. That’s the only way to show the world that Batman belongs with these titans.
There’s a LOT of worldbuilding that has to go on in this movie. They have to establish at least three characters and their motivations, if not more. They then have to make it so that Batman comes up with a plan to defeat the bad guy(s), while also showing him to be the World’s Greatest Detective and a superior strategist. They have to tell this story in a single sitting, not going too much above 120 minutes.
It’s a lot to ask for. And a lot of it is riding on the acting ability of Ben Affleck, the same guy who helped to destroy Daredevil as a film franchise.
I’m interested in the movie, like everyone else, but I don’t think it’s going to be a rival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel’s character roster is deep. Villains that will give the heroes a run for their money. DC, not so much. They may want to do a reverse of what Marvel is doing, creating their team movies first and then spinning them out into their own films, but they still have a problem with villains.
Really, they’re going to be stuck with rebooting Batman and Superman ad infinitum. Not until they create better villains for the other heroes that they’ll be successful in cinema.
But any film with Batman in it will be a Batman movie. Let’s hope the character is ready to bear some real responsibility now.
And that’s your Daily Dose!