So then, the huge news to come out of SDCC this week is the news that Zack Snyder, Nolan and Goyer are back in the new DC movieverse with the Man of Steel follow up… Featuring a certain Dark Knight…
My first reaction?
Knock it out the park!
At the SDCC panel an in character General Swanwick read a passage from The Dark Knight Returns where the aged Batman has beaten down a government controlled Superman. What a read, go find it.
That begs the question, is it going to be portrayed like that on film?
Nah, it’s not an aged Batman we’re getting here, I just reckon that they’re using the destruction of Metropolis and first contact with an alien race to introduce a man who, being the Batman, takes it upon himself to distrust and fully assess the threat this new God-like being presents.
Given that I doubt we’ll see Batman’s origins again, I think Bruce here will be in year one, urban legend status as a vigilante. And I think he’ll play the other side of the same coin that this movie’s Lex Luthor will play: both unsure of the alien who destroyed a city, both distrusting of his motives yet both ultimately making different decisions about him at the movie’s end. We may get a primer on the Dark Knight’s reason for his crusade but that’s all I think.
The beauty of this movie is the huge onward opportunities it gives DC. It’s easy to imagine them pitching a Justice League movie where these two, plus Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman come together to stave off an attack by Darkseid.
In fact, I’m willing to bet that the Geoff Johns run on the New 52 JL comic is in the back of the writers minds, even though its going to become an animated movie first.
Following that up with a slate of solo films (President Luthor, Night of the Owls, Emerald Twilight…. Please!) and then coming back to the JL team ups every few years could be great for DC.
Anyhow, whichever way they go, I personally think that this is a great way to reboot Batman in a way that doesn’t tread on TDK trilogy.
A final word: cast an unknown as Batman. Leave the tent pole movie star name for Luthor.