As I mentioned on this blog the sequel to the Man of Steel movie will be one that includes Batman in the film. I am slightly disappointed because I would like to see another solo Superman movie before they team him up with someone. Since Batman is my second favorite superhero I will not complain too loudly. WB studios was going to release a Justice League movie in 2015 but instead are doing the Superman/Batman movie in 2015 and pushing the JL movie to 2017.
I have to wonder why WB made this move? Is it because Man of Steel has not done as well as expected at the box office? As I type this on a grey cloudy Sunday afternoon Man of Steel has “only” made $286,818,000 on a $250 million dollar budget. That is not a lot of profit. The Man of Steel has pulled in $350,000,000 in the foreign market for a grand total of $636,818,000. That is pretty good money and it is enough money to secure a sequel.
However, the money is not as good as The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Returns which had a domestic totals in the $400 million plus at this time respectively. So I speculate and wonder is WB bringing back Batman to bolster Superman’s poor boxoffice performanbce? Has Batman eclipsed Superman as one of the favorite all time superheros in the consciousness of America? I do have to wonder.
I have the documentary “Look, Up in the Sky!: The Amazing Story of Superman” and it mentions how it has become difficult as time has moved on to write a good Superman movie. Society has changed so much since the days when Superman was the number one super hero in the world. Superman was depicted as a squeaky clean boyscout in blue tights. Good and bad were black and white with no shades of grey between them. Audiences ahve become more sophisticated and look for more realism and a realistic looks at issues of right and wrong and recognizes that life is not always black and white and the days of squeaky clean superheros like Superman and the Lone Ranger are over.
Batman was always are darker character and one who dealt with the seedier side of life. Bruce Wayne was also a character who was tormented by the death of his parents and driven to fight crime because of that. Superman, on the other hand, never had too many personal problems and for him it was just logical to use his powers for good and “truth, justice and the American way.” Now that audiences are used to, and even desiring, more dark and gritty stories. Doe this mean that Superman become irellivant and a charicature of himself?
Man of Steel tried to go the darker route for the character and…I will not spoil it for those who have not seen the movie,…there has been a back lash to the darker side of Superman, specifically surrounding how Superman takes care of General Zod. So maybe people do like their Superman to be squeaky clean and a big boyscout after all? Could that be the reason WB is going to pair Batman Superman together, in order to feed off their contratsts instead of trying to make them the same?
Whatever the motives are, I do look forward to the casting of the new Batman and it does raise my curiosity to see how WB will handle uniting these two iconic characters.